Hungry Heart
Bruce Springsteen Lyrics


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Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack
I went out for a ride and I never went back
Like a river that don't know where it's flowing
I took a wrong turn and I just kept going

Everybody's got a hungry heart
Everybody's got a hungry heart
Lay down your money and you play your part
Everybody's got a h-h-hungry heart

Oh

I met her in a Kingstown bar
We fell in love, I knew it had to end
We took what we had and we ripped it apart
Now here I am down in Kingstown again

Everybody's got a hungry heart
Everybody's got a hungry heart
Lay down your money and you play your part
Everybody's got a h-h-hungry heart

La-la-la-la-la-la, oh yeah
La-la-la-la-la-la

Everybody needs a place to rest
Everybody wants to have a home
Don't make no difference what nobody says
Ain't nobody like to be alone

Everybody's got a hungry heart
Everybody's got a hungry heart
Lay down your money and you play your part
Everybody's got a h-h-hungry heart

(Everybody's got a hungry heart)
Oh yeah
(Everybody's got a hungry heart)
(Lay down your money and you play your part)
Oh yeah
(Everybody's got a hungry heart)
La-la-la-la-la-la




Ooh yeah
La-la-la-la-la-la

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's song Hungry Heart speak to the universal experience of an unsatisfied longing deep within the heart. The song tells the story of a man who leaves his wife and kids in Baltimore, and without a clear direction in mind, he goes on a ride that he never returns from. The lyrics depict the man as being like a river that has lost its way, and though he took a wrong turn, he kept going down that path.


The lyrics paint a picture of a man who is restless, and who always feels the need to keep moving. He falls in love with a woman he meets in a bar in Kingstown, but he knows deep down that their love will not last. They eventually rip apart what they had, and the man finds himself back in Kingstown again. The chorus of the song emphasizes the point that everybody has a hungry heart, and that we all have to play our part and lay down our money to satisfy that hunger.


Overall, the song Hungry Heart is a powerful reminder that we all have an insatiable hunger within us, and that we are constantly seeking ways to satisfy that hunger. The lyrics speak to the universal experience of human longing and desire, and the need for connection and meaning in our lives.


Line by Line Meaning

Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack
I'm married and have kids in Baltimore, but I left without notice for an unknown destination.


I went out for a ride and I never went back
I left my home and my family behind after going out for a ride.


Like a river that don't know where it's flowing
I lost my sense of direction and didn't know where I was going.


I took a wrong turn and I just kept going
I made a mistake by taking a wrong turn, but I continued moving forward.


Everybody's got a hungry heart
Everyone has an inner desire or an unfulfilled longing.


Lay down your money and you play your part
Money will buy you a place in someone's heart or attention.


Oh
Interjection expressing excitement or emotion.


I met her in a Kingstown bar
I met a girl in a bar in Kingstown, and we fell in love.


We fell in love, I knew it had to end
I knew our love had an expiration date, and it could not last.


We took what we had and we ripped it apart
We separated, ending our relationship in a violent way.


Now here I am down in Kingstown again
I returned to Kingstown, the place where I fell in love and separated.


Everybody needs a place to rest
Everyone needs a comfortable and safe place to stay.


Everybody wants to have a home
Everyone desires to have a permanent place to live.


Don't make no difference what nobody says
It doesn't matter what others think or say about it.


Ain't nobody like to be alone
No one likes to be lonely or isolated.


(Everybody's got a hungry heart)
Rephrasing the chorus, showing that everyone desires something.


La-la-la-la-la-la, oh yeah
Syllabic sounds expressing excitement or emotion.


Ooh yeah
Exclamation expressing excitement or agreement.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Bruce Springsteen

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@wavy8117

Lyrics:
Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack
I went out for a ride and I never went back
Like a river that don't know where it's flowing
I took a wrong turn and I just kept going

[Chorus:]
Everybody's got a hungry heart
Everybody's got a hungry heart
Lay down your money and you play your part
Everybody's got a hungry heart

I met her in a Kingstown bar
We fell in love. I knew it had to end
We took what we had and we ripped it apart
Now here I am down in Kingstown again

[Chorus]

Everybody needs a place to rest
Everybody wants to have a home
Don't make no difference what nobody says
Ain't nobody like to be alone

[Chorus]



All comments from YouTube:

@qying123

My father loved this song. He passed away in June last year. Today I was working on his house fixing it up for the first time since his passing. While playing music on my aux cord my car randomly switched to the radio station which has never happened before and the aux cord did not disconnect. I believe this was him giving me a sign to listen to this song and know that he’s there and proud of what I’m doing for my family.

@serendavies7375

Sorry for your loss, honey 🍯

@atworkstation

Hugs

@bretkindell6887

that was definitely a sign quincy. when weird stuff happens like that after a death and especially with something electronic or a wire of some kind sign is in front of your soul. you just got to put 2 and 2 together. I say this because I hear to many of stories that can't be explained like yours and always a year or less after a passing. get that house project done sir and thanks for posting your story

@deenah1509

I love your story.. ❤️.

@allanendaya1291

I'm a father too......and got four daughters..

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@suegreen2490

My husband died in July last year, far too early, we loved signing this song together, especially when we drove into Baltimore and this came on the radio. Sadness and joy with this song.

@JohnBarrylizard

Sorry for your loss.

@liachatzi5897

🥲🥲

@user-wy4yz1pw1e

Love you sorry what happened. He in better. Place n one day you be with him sing. Together. God bless. N take care.❤❤❤❤❤❤😊😊😊😊😊

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