Springsteen Sunday (Vol. 9, Hungry Heart)

Welcome back to the pulpit of Springsteen

Album: The River
Song: Hungry Heart

Hungry Heart is one of those Springsteen songs that everyone knows. Even some of you out there that aren’t Springsteen fans have probably heard it, though you won’t admit it. Don’t worry, I won’t name names but I know who you are.

The interesting thing about this song is that he actually wrote it for The Ramones after watching them perform at a club in Asbury Park, NJ. Producer Jon Landau successfully argued that Bruce would be crazy to let the song go and should keep it for himself. Lucky for us he did.


The lyrics are kind of dark, talking about a man who leaves his family, but it strangely comes across as a party atmosphere when he performs it.

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 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 Kingstone again


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



 This clip is from a Garden concert and as is typical for this song at all Springsteen concerts, the crowd sings while he enjoys it. Enjoy the fun.


See you down the road.

10 thoughts on “Springsteen Sunday (Vol. 9, Hungry Heart)

  1. Dale

    Talk about joining his crowd! How can you not love him?
    May be a tad dark but no one would know it as they sing it with all their lungs! (Myself included!)

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  2. DailyMusings

    Thanks again for the memory, I stood next to Springsteen during a show at The Stone Pony, maybe it was a Southside Johnny show. Nearly fainted when zi realized it was Bruce. Who can forget the audience participation during Hungry Heart so great

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