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Hunger

if I am strong, will you lean on me?
if I am sick, will you heal me?
if I am lonely, will you need me?
if I am hungry, will you feed me?

hunger has a romance
it calls you by your name
the acid never goes away
(and) you know you must remain

hunger has a romance
it's all going down the drain
it's easy to forget those days
and your growing trust in shame

nature read in truth and clause
she harvests love at night
people scurry to and fro
try to stay out of sight

your mind's a room with many doors
but no way out in sight
I don't know what I want to know
without windows there's no light

hunger only tells you when you think it's time to eat
poor kids wait in line for rice and rich kids don't eat meat

hunger has a romance
it haunts you in your dreams
can't touch something inside your head
that crawls in between the seams

hunger has a romance
and I'm caught up in her schemes
there are times all I feel is dead
and nothing is what it seems

you search your soul for lasting truth
and all you find is pain
the naked self is dangerous
like the homeless in the rain

your urge to grow is the only proof
that you aren't unkind as rain
you've taken all this love and trust
leaving hopelessness and pain

hunger only tells you when you think it's time to eat
poor kids wait in line for rice and rich kids don't eat meat

hunger has a romance
I'm hungry right now!
stampede in secret a circle of wheat
should we slaughter a sacred cow?

hunger has a romance
as empty as a vow
the stage is set to seal my fate
souls are bought and paid for now

if it's happiness to rule the world
we'll fiddle while burning Rome
you want to know the mind of god
(but) you're afraid to be alone

stand and watch the flags unfurl
we'll kill to earn our home
salutes will never save the world
or make it be your own

hunger only tells you when you think it's time to eat
poor kids wait in line for rice and rich kids don't eat meat

hunger has a romance
the monkey rides a goat
whistling down the empty street
and clawing at your coat

hunger has a romance
your opinions don't count as votes
kisses for everyone you meet
you ignore the noose tied ropes

hunger has a romance
(there's) no virtue in these veins
it matters how you got here
in silence or insane

hunger has a romance
will the virgin survive her reign?
the victor bows with one hot tear
and violence knows no shame

2/10/94

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