Walked through my (very) local shopping centre this morning.
Passed a shop called Pumpkin Patch which specialises in kids clothes and my ears caught the background music that was playing. Springsteen's 'Hungry Heart'
The lyrics ( (c) Bruce Springsteen ) of the first verse says...
'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 its flowing
I took a wrong turn and I just kept going'
A father walking out in his kids?
Next verse in the song tells us that the guy was in a destructive relationship and the reason why they part (with her still with the kids).
'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 Kingstown again'
So he hated his life and is now back on the prowl?
The last verse tells us that the guy needs anybody he can find becasue he does not want to be alone.
'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'
Now Bruce is singing about a single situation that he may know about.
But my question is....
Are the kind folks of Pumpkin Patch trying to influence the youngsters and young families and fathers of today?