Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Swingin

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Tom/Dick/Harry

From their 1999 album, Echo. The song reached #17 on Billboards Mainstream Rock Songs chart on September 17, 1999.

Swingin
Well, she was standing by the highway
In her boots and silver spurs
Gonna hitchhike to the yellow moon
When a Cadillac stopped for her
And she said, “Hey, nice to meet you, are you goin’ my way?”
Yeah, that’s when it happened
The world caught fire that day

And she went down swingin’
Yeah, she went down swingin’

Well, she was over twenty-one
In trouble with the law
And it didn’t faze her none
She called her mother-in-law
And said I need a little money
I knew I could count on you
After that night in Vegas
And the hell that we went through

We went down swingin’
Like Benny Goodman
Yeah, we went down swingin’

Moonlight on the interstate
She was ‘cross the Georgia line
Looked out the window feeling great
Yeah, it had to come in time
And she said I’m never goin’ back
She said at last I’m free
I wish ma could see me now, she’d be so proud of me

She went down swingin’
Like Glenn Miller
Yeah, she went down swingin’
Like Tommy Dorsey
Yeah, she went down swingin’
Like Sammy Davis
She went down swingin’
Like Sonny Liston

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – You Got Lucky

From their 1982 album Long After Dark, the song peaked at #20 on Billboards Hot 100 chart and #1 on Billboards Top Tracks chart where it stayed for 3 weeks in 1982.

From songfacts.

In this song, Tom Petty does some posturing, telling a girl that she got lucky when he found her, and warning her that she can do no better. All that posturing is wrapped in a chorus with a simple message: “Good love is hard to find.”

The song does not appear to based on Petty’s real life; he had been married since 1976.
Musically, this is one of the more distinctive Tom Petty songs, which helped it endure as a Classic Rock favorite. In a Songfacts interview with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, he said: “‘You Got Lucky’ was written to a drum loop. I had made a drum loop in my studio and put the music together. We went into the studio and actually recreated another drum loop. The drummer would go out and play, then we’d cut the tape and tape the loop together. We ran it around the room over some mic stands and through the tape heads, and then printed that for 3 or 4 minutes and then recorded the song over that drum loop.”

Petty added the lyrics and came up with the idea for the guitar solo. He suggested they do sort of a surf guitar with a tremolo arm, like in the Clint Eastwood movie The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were one of the few established American rock bands to embrace the concept of music videos, and MTV loved them for it. The “You Got Lucky” video was pioneering because the song didn’t start until over a minute into the clip. Inspired by the Mad Max films, we see a desolate, futuristic landscape where Petty discovers and old boom box which plays the song. The band wrote the treatment themselves, and Jim Lenahan directed.

You Got Luck

One, two
You better watch what you say
You better watch what you do to me
Don’t get carried away
Girl, if you can do better than me, go
Yeah, go but remember

Good love is hard to find
Good love is hard to find
You got lucky, babe
You got lucky, babe, when I found you

You put a hand on my cheek
And then you turned your eyes away
If you don’t feel complete
If I don’t take you all of the way then go
Yeah, go but remember

Good love is hard to find
Good love is hard to find
You got lucky, babe
You got lucky, babe, when I found you

Yeah, go just go, but remember

Good love is hard to find
Good love is hard to find
You got lucky, babe
You got lucky, babe, when I found youWriter/s: MICHAEL W. CAMPBELL, TOM PETTY