The Hungry Intruder
Small Faces Lyrics


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Here am I
Tiny Fly
May I share your Shepherd's Pie?

What is this strange voice I hear?
Here I am
Look This Way
In the landscape on your tray

There's no need to ask a silly question
If I were you I hope you'd do the same
There's no doubt I'd help a hungry fly
To see you in a fix it's really such a shame

I'm so hungry
I could die
And now I'll a living fly

My name is Stan
I'm on a quest
Take your fill,
Take nothing less

I am that




That am I
And now I'll be a living fly

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Hungry Intruder by Small Faces describe the perspective of a tiny fly who is seeking for food, and comes across what appears to be a delicious meal. In the beginning, the fly asks the person if they can share their shepherd's pie. The strange voice that the fly hears is likely the person speaking to them. The fly tells the person that there is no need to ask a silly question, implying that the fly is hungry and needs the food just like any other creature would.


The fly introduces itself as Stan and makes clear that it is on a mission to satiate its hunger. Stan insists on taking their fill and nothing less. In the final verse, Stan declares themselves to be "that am I", which can be interpreted as a reference to the philosophical concept of "I am that I am". The phrase implies a sense of self-actualization and self-realization, indicating that the fly is aware of its purpose and identity, and is determined to accomplish its goals even in the face of obstacles.


Overall, the lyrics of Hungry Intruder can be seen as a metaphor for the human struggle for survival and the pursuit of our most basic needs. The song emphasizes the importance of persistence and determination in the face of adversity and encourages us to follow our own paths and identities.


Line by Line Meaning

Here am I
The singer is introducing themselves


Tiny Fly
The singer is describing themselves as a small fly


May I share your Shepherd's Pie?
The singer is asking for a bit of food


What is this strange voice I hear?
The artist is wondering about an unfamiliar sound


Here I am
The artist is identifying themselves


Look This Way
The singer is asking to be seen


In the landscape on your tray
The singer is referring to their surroundings


There's no need to ask a silly question
The artist is telling the listener not to be hesitant


If I were you I hope you'd do the same
The artist is expressing their desire for help if they were in the listener's position


There's no doubt I'd help a hungry fly
The artist is saying they would assist someone in need


To see you in a fix it's really such a shame
The singer is expressing their sadness at seeing the listener in a difficult situation


I'm so hungry
The artist is expressing their current state


I could die
The singer is saying they are extremely hungry


And now I'll a living fly
The singer is saying they will continue to live despite their hunger


My name is Stan
The singer is introducing themselves


I'm on a quest
The artist is saying they have a mission or goal


Take your fill,
The artist is telling the listener to eat to their heart's content


Take nothing less
The singer is telling the listener not to settle for anything less than what they want


I am that
The singer is affirming their identity or existence


That am I
The artist is reiterating their identity or existence


And now I'll be a living fly
The artist is saying they will continue on living despite their hunger




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: IAN MCLAGAN, RONNIE LANE, STEVE MARRIOTT

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