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Tom Petty - Free Fallin'



Jeff Lynne, famous for his work in ELO, co-produced the Full Moon Fever album and wrote this song with Tom Petty early in their collaboration. According to liner notes in Petty's Playback box set, he and Lynne were playing some elaborate stuff on the keyboard that all started with three simple chords. Lynne suggested that Tom stop all the hard stuff and just sing some words to those three chords, and he came up with "She's a good girl... loves her mama..." just to make Jeff smile, and they kept going from there. Petty says that it was Lynne who came up with the title, but it took Tom a little while before he figured out the best way to sing the phrase.



Lyrics


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



And I'm free, free fallin'


Yeah I'm free, free fallin'



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



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



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



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)



(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', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)




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