Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Don’t Do Me Like That

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Did/Didn’t/Do/Don’t/Does/Doesn’t.

From his 1979 album, Damn The Torpedoes. The song peaked at #10 on Billboards Hot 100 chart on February 2, 1980.

From Songfacts

Petty wrote this after his first group Mudcrutch moved from Florida to Los Angeles in 1974. The song finds him warning (or at least asking) a girl not to dump him, as he has a friend who recently had his heart broken. Not one of the group’s more meaningful songs, Creem magazine called it a “throwaway romp.”

Many listeners enjoyed this romp, making it one of Petty’s most popular songs.

Tom Petty strongly considered giving the song to The J. Geils Band because he thought it had their sound. (Petty and the Heartbreakers had opened for the J. Geils Band on tour). However, the band turned him down as they were already deep in the mixing process for their album and producer Jimmy Iovine persuaded Petty and his bandmates to record it themselves. They were glad they did as it reached #10 on the Hot 100, becoming the group’s first Top 10 hit.

Don’t Do Me Like That

I was talking with a friend of mine
Said a woman had hurt his pride
Told him that she loved him so
And turned around and let him go
Then he said, you better watch your step
Or your gonna get hurt yourself
Someone’s gonna tell you lies
Cut you down to size

Don’t do me like that
Don’t do me like that
What if I love you baby?
Don’t do me like that

Don’t do me like that
Don’t do me like that
Someday I might need you baby
Don’t do me like that

Listen honey, can you see?
Baby, you would bury me
If you were in the public eye
Givin’ someone else a try
And you know you better watch your step
Or you’re gonna get hurt yourself
Someone’s gonna tell you lies
Cut you down to size

Don ‘t do me like that
Don’t do me like that
What if I love you baby?
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t

Don’t do me like that
Don’t do me like that
What if I need you baby?
Don’t do me like that

‘Cause somewhere deep down inside
Someone is saying, Love doesn’t last that long
I got this feelin’ inside night and day
And now I can’t take it no more

Listen honey, can you see?
Baby, you would bury me
If you were in the public eye
Givin’ someone else a try
And you know you better watch your step
Or you’re gonna get hurt yourself
Someone’s gonna tell you lies
Cut you down to size

Don’t do me like that
Don’t do me like that
What if I love you baby?
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t

Don’t do me like that
Don’t do me like that
I just might need you honey
Don’t do me like that

Wait
Don’t do me like that
Don’t do me like that
Baby, baby, baby
Don’t, don’t, don’t

No
Don’t do me like that
Don’t do me like that
Baby, baby, baby

Oh, oh, ohWriter/s: TOM PETTY
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

9 thoughts on “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Don’t Do Me Like That

  1. I loved this 🙂
    …but the whole time I was listening to this track I was trying to figure out what it reminds me of.
    I am sure there is a more recent artist who imitated Tom’s style of singing the verses. But I can’t think who it reminds me of.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Your mention of “Free Fallin” made me flash on a classic episode of Cold Case, where a singer interpolates Free Fallin with Va Pinsiero.

    Love Tom Petty.

    Liked by 2 people

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