"Hometown Blues" as written by and Tom Petty....
Baby can't wait
Baby gotta go
Gonna do a number
On the late night show
Do a little song
Do a little dance
Gonna make the best
Of her big chance

Don't really matter
If she don't or if she do
Tryin' to make the best of
The hometown blues

I got a friend
Got a little girl
Said she's the best
In the whole wide world
Said it so good
Said its unreal
Might not last
But it's no big deal

Don't really matter
If she don't or if she do
Tryin' to make the best of
The hometown blues

Baby, save me, save me, save me
With your sweet smile
Honey, I really need your love
To help me kill a little bit o' time

All of the girls
Run with the crowd
They go wild
When the lights go down
They got a little money
Live in a dream
Want to be the queen
Of their little scene

Don't really matter
If she don't or if she do
Tryin' to make the best of
The hometown blues


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"Hometown Blues" as written by Tom Petty

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    General CommentThis song reminds me of the first line of Breakdown-- "It's alright if you love me, it's alright if you don't." Just kind of live in the moment and "make the best" of it. Enjoy it while it's there, but when it's gone... meh, "no big deal."

    I thought the lines "I really need you/ to help me kill a little bit of time" were pretty funny. Usually when a song says "I need you," it's more of a "I can't live without you, you're so great, you give my life meaning" thing. But Tom Petty sets it up so that things are just a little less boring with her around than without her.

    On a side note, this is one of Tom Petty's oldest songs. It goes back to his Mudcrutch and pre-Heartbreakers days.
    Nick the Bastardon August 10, 2006   Link

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