Hunger

I originally wrote this as a song, but never got it recorded. Think old Tammy Wynette style when you read it.

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HUNGER

BY JAN SIKES

I MET A MAN ON THE STREET JUST THIS MORNING.

HE HELD A SIGN THAT SAID, “HELP ME PLEASE.”

I STOPPED AND DROPPED A COIN IN THE CUP BESIDE HIS KNEE.

AND AS I TURNED, HE WHISPERED TEARFULLY,

HE SAID, “HUNGER WILL MAKE A MAN DO FOOLISH THINGS.

I ONCE HAD A WIFE, A HOME A FAMILY.

ENOUGH WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.

I WANTED FAME AND FORTUNE – THOUGHT IT WOULD SET ME FREE.

I LOST A SENSE OF ALL REALITY.”

 HUNGER WILL MAKE A MAN DO FOOLISH THINGS.

HE’LL TRADE HIS SOUL TO GRAB THE BRASS RING.

HE’LL LET WARM LOVE TURN COLD,

JUST TO TOUCH THE RICH MAN’S GOLD.

THEN, FIND HIMSELF BROKEN ALONE AND OLD.

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 SHE SAT SILENT, ALONE WITH TEARDROPS FALLING.

DIM LIGHTS OF THE BARROOM HID HER FACE.

I ORDERED HER A DRINK, HER SORROW TO ERASE.

SHE SAID, “I DON’T BELONG HERE IN THIS PLACE.

HUNGER WILL MAKE A GIRL DO FOOLISH THINGS.

I ONCE  HAD A HOME, A MAN THAT TRUSTED.

HE GAVE ME ALL THE STABLE THINGS IN LIFE.

FOR YEARS I WAS A FAITHFUL, GOOD AND LOVING WIFE,

THEN WANTING WON AND NOW I PAY THE PRICE.”

 HUNGER WILL MAKE A GIRL DO FOOLISH THINGS.

SHE’LL TRADE HER PRIDE FOR A ONE NIGHT FLING.

SHE’LL LET PASSION RULE HER HEAD, TAKE A LOVER TO HER BED

AND IN THE END, HER WORLD IS LEFT IN SHREDS.

HUNGER SURE CAN MAKE FOLKS DO FOOLISH THINGS.

 I hope you enjoyed this poem/song. If you’d like to hear other songs I’ve written, they are on the CD, “I’ll Be Home When the Roses Bloom Again.”  I’d be honored! 

Jan and Gitjo
The first instrument I learned to play – a Gitjo. Rick took a Banjo and put a guitar neck on it. 🙂 I was very young.

A story as big as Texas itself!

Jan’s Website

26 thoughts on “Hunger

  1. Jan, these are incredible lyrics to Hunger! The introduction sets the tender sad scene perfectly and we are touched by the man’s story. The second stanza is inspired and shows what happened that led to both their downfalls. Wow! Do you think you’ll ever have a chance to record it? I sure hope so … it is great! Xx

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    1. Thank you, Annika. I don’t have any idea if I’ll ever have a chance to record it, but you never know. I am thrilled that the lyrics touched you. I felt it was a “too-human” story. The grass is always greener until it isn’t. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. Hugs, sweet lady!

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  2. These lyrics moved me with the truths of bad decisions. I liked both points of views and the regrets. I hope this gets made into a song Jan!

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    1. Thank you, Denise. I appreciate your comment and so glad the words moved you. They moved me when I wrote them. I hope it gets made into a song one day too. 🙂 I appreciate you! Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  3. I just had a discussion with my two critique partners about writing lyrics. It’s an entirely different creature than writing stories, and one I have no talent for. These lyrics were amazing, Jan. Having recently struggled with helping a friend put lyrics together (we both abandoned it for those who are more skilled) I am amazed by your skill. Bravo!

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