"Stranger on the Shore" may refer to both the music by Acker Bilk, with its' lyrics, and also a circa 1963 BBC TV program with the same name.

The music was created for the eponymous BBC mini series, about a French girl visiting England, as an au pair. Paired with the TV program, Stranger on the Shore became a huge hit, staying in the top of the charts for many weeks.

The program was quite touching to me at the time (I was about 8). I will always remember the scene at the end where the young lady is looking out to sea, and the music plays.

Acker Bilk, Stranger on the Shore.

Here I stand,
watching the tide go out
so all alone and blue
dreaming dreams of you.

I watched your ship
as it sailed out to sea,
taking all my dreams
and taking all of me.

The sighing of the waves
The wailing of the wind
The tears in my eyes burn
Pleading, "My love, return"

Why, oh, why must I go on like this?
Shall I just be a lonely
Stranger on the Shore?

Music by Acker Bilk, words by Andy Mellin.

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