Hungry Heart
Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen 1980 Hungry Heart 45

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

1980
5
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1980
  • a reissued single peaked at No. 28 on the UK Singles chart in 1995
  • from Bruce Springsteen's fifth studio album, The River (1980)
  • the first charted Top-10 hit on the Hot 100 for Springsteen
  • backing vocals: Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (Flo & Eddie of The Turtles)
  • written by Bruce Springsteen
  • Bruce Springsteen on the inspiration for "Hungry Heart": “I saw the Ramones in Asbury Park and we were talking for a while and I was like, ‘Man I’ve got to write the Ramones a song.’ So I went home and I sat at my table and I wrote it in about the time it took me to sing it. I brought it in and we went to make a demo for it or I played it for [Johnny Ramone], and he said, ‘Nah, you better keep that one.’ He was right about that. It did pretty well.”
  • the title of the song was inspired by a line in "Ulysses" a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson - "For always roaming with a hungry heart"
  • produced by Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt
  • recorded at The Power Station, New York, NY
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