Free Fallin'

by Tom Petty

Duration:
4:16
Released:
Oct 27, 1989
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Lyrics for Free Fallin' by Tom Petty:

Verse 1
She's a good girl, loves her mama
Loves Jesus and America too
She's a good girl, crazy 'bout Elvis
Loves horses and her boyfriend too
It's a long day, livin' in Reseda
There's a freeway, runnin' through the yard
And I'm a bad boy, 'cause I don't even miss her
I'm a bad boy for breakin' her heart

Chorus
And I'm free, free fallin'
Yeah I'm free, free fallin'

Verse 2
All the vampires, walkin' through the valley
Move west down Ventura Boulevard
And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows
And the good girls are home with broken hearts

Chorus
And I'm free, I'm free fallin'
Yeah I'm free, free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a
Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)

Verse 3
I wanna glide down over Mulholland
I wanna write her name in the sky
I'm gonna free fall out into nothin'
Gonna leave this world for a while

Chorus
Now I'm free, free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a
Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)
Yeah I'm free, free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a
Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)

Outro
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)
Yeah I'm free, free fallin'
Oh!
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)
Free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)
And I'm free, oh, free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a
Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)
Free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)

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Song Facts

“Free Fallin',” one of Tom Petty’s biggest hits, is an escapist’s ode to Los Angeles, California. The song, which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, was inspired by what Petty frequently saw whilst driving along Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley.

Rolling Stone rated it #179 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. For that same piece, Tom revealed the label initially rejected the song and told the simple story of its success:

I waited six months and brought the same record back, and they loved it.

The song was also featured in the popular 1996 film Jerry Macguire, starring Tom Cruise.

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