"Hug" ("We All Need a Hug")

Words & Music Ben Sands


Words & Music Ben Sands @2003

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I remember I wasn't much older than four - maybe five, at the most

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the go-to-school mornings were colder - no such thing as a bus

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our mother'd be searching for schoolbags and combing our hair the wrong way

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As she buttered our toast and buttoned our coats, here's what my mother would say


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We all need a hug in the morning and one at the end of the day

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And as many as possible squeezed in between to keep life's troubles at bay

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No matter, wherever you ramble, your problems be great or be small

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It is my belief - for instant relief - a hug is the best cure of all

I met an old exile in Boston, who longed to go back home one day
But he thought no-one there would be carin’, for he’d been so long away
To stop a tear drop in his coffee, he gave his old whiskers a tug
And I knew that he’d give all he needed to live
For a big welcome-home-again hug


There’s a doctor who lives out in China, a master of medical arts
They tell me that there is no finer in curing all defective parts
He says that the very best treatment - the only truly safe drug
The only elixir that surely will fix you
Is a big warm, old-fashioned hug


And when Adam was cast from the garden and feeling that life was unfair
his temper was starting to harden when Eve said “I've nothing to wear”
But God in his mercy looked kindly, He gave his wide shoulders a shrug
I’ll give human kind a small piece of my mind
And so he created the hug


A letter can bring consolation, a phone call can brighten the night
In the midst of great aggravation, they can put at least some things to right
But when your heart feels like it's breaking, your life slipping down past the plug
And you feel like a ghost, the thing you want most
Is someone to give you a hug


© 2007 BEN SANDS

Ben Sands ...


... is an Irish Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Storyteller living in Newry, County Down

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