I first heard Tom Petty in 1980 when I was living in New Zealand for 7 months. His poster for his first album was plastered all over Auckland. American Girl was played on regular rotation on NZ radio. I felt he was singing about me.

Tom Petty has a special place in my heart, and I will miss him terribly. Sad news on top of extremely sad news.

Name a song that brings you back to a place and time.

Well, she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn’t help thinkin’
That there was a little more to life somewhere else
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to
And if she had to die tryin’
She had one little promise she was gonna keep

O yeah, all right
Take it easy, baby
Make it last all night
She was an American girl

Well it was kind of cold that night,
She stood alone on her balcony
Yeah, she could hear the cars roll by,
Out on 441 like waves crashin’ on the beach
And for one desperate moment
There he crept back in her memory
God it’s so painful when something that’s so close
Is still so far out of reach

O yeah, all right
Take it easy, baby
Make it last all night
She was an American girl




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  1. Fletch 1 year ago

    I hear American Girl, I think Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

    RIP TP

    One of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time

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      Gina 1 year ago

      @Fletch Agreed. I loved The Traveling Wilburys.

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  2. 2Thrash 1 year ago

    The ’You Don’t Know How it Feels’ song coming on the radio as I’m cruising into Flagstaff at 3am to catch a flight later in Phoenix. RIP

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      Gina 1 year ago

      @2Thrash Aaaahhh, yeah. This song is great. Damn, we lost another good one. He was just here in Seattle a month ago, but I didn’t go. :(

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      Gina 1 year ago

      @Fletch I know! After I posted this, and I couldn’t edit it…I read elsewhere that he had a heart attack and was taken off life support. They are waiting for him to die because he has a do not resuscitate. (DNR). Dang it!!! I fell for “fake” news. Well, it sounds like it might be inevitable…but there is still hope he makes it through.

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      • Fletch 1 year ago

        @Gina it was real news, just incorrect. different than the real fake news ;-)

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        Gina 1 year ago

        @Fletch Good point. There is a difference.

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      • Fletch 1 year ago

        @Gina well, to those of us who aren’t blinded by the AZ sand

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  3. BelleMadre 1 year ago

    people do go, but if they were people who touched our lives in some way, we are going to feel it, and this passing does get me in those feels.
    i think as he goes over he will feel all the love being shown right now

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  4. BelleMadre 1 year ago

    i was just thinking of the ‘hidden track’ on a couple of his albums. Full Moon Fever and WIldflowers right? i remember sitting with some friends, a bit ummm buzzed out, listening to one of those albums for the first time, and his voice pops in half way through the cd. in the pre gap somewhere half way through, after track 6 or 8 i guess. like where if you were listening to a cassette, you would have to flip it over? suddenly there was this voice in the room talking and it freaked us out the first time we heard it. like, oh hello Tom. so Trippy :D must have been Wildflowers cause that was mid 90s, about the right time. always loved that. i dont think i can listen to that right now :sad: :sad: but i Will at the right moment. Oh hello Tom. love ya!

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      Gina 1 year ago

      @BelleMadre I didn’t know the song Wildflowers until today. I heard a DJ talking about it on the radio, and then I read your words about it. What a beautiful song! Thank you for sharing your love of Tom Petty. :sad:

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  5. GothUnkle 1 year ago

    Tom Petty was pretty pivotal in my teen years. Well, not so much “years” as one summer in particular. My brother bought his 1993 greatest hits album. The one where he and the band are looking into that fish eye lens or whatever. I always thought his hand in the foreground was someone’s foot, but looking at it now I see it. Despite the confusing artwork, we’re obsessed. My brother more so than me, but “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, “American Girl”, and “Something In the Air” are what I latched onto. My love affair with Tom Petty didn’t last very long. This was around the time when you’re young, impressionable, and punk rock enters your life. Tom Petty just didn’t speak to me the same way Black Flag or The Misfits did.

    Still, he was important to me for that brief magical summer. It’s funny. To my generation, the 70s arena rockstar types like John Melloncamp or Eagles are generally uncool. If I put on “Boys of Summer” at a party, I’d be asked to leave. And rightfully so. But you put on “Free Falling” people will go along with it, whether they want to admit it or not. Petty was able to tap into something more universal and much more timeless. In a Don Henley song, like “Boys of Summer”, you get all bent out shape about things and hold onto them even after the boys of summer have gone. And he totally looked back. In a Tom Petty song, you’re still hurt. But the difference is you roll a joint and move on.

    R.I.P. Tom.

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    • GothUnkle 1 year ago

      @GothUnkle Also, I feel weird putting in the RIP because as far as I know he isn’t actually dead. He’s on life support but it doesn’t look good. So… yeah… still really sad news.

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        Gina 1 year ago

        @GothUnkle I blame the LAPD. They ended up apologizing for prematurely announcing his death.

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      Gina 1 year ago

      @GothUnkle Arena rock music exploded during my high school days. I saw all those great bands at their peak, The Eagles, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Mellencamp, Springsteen, Bad Company, Foghat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton, Heart…I could go on and on. You are right about Petty. His stuff was a bit different than the rest. He was actually considered new wave/punk in the very beginning, but I hate labels in music. There is two kinds of music: Good and Bad. Petty is in the class of Bob Dylan in my humble opinion.

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  6. I Love This MuSic ViD
    https://youtu.be/ZTAhZKP5wCY

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