"Into The Great Wide Open" as written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne....
Eddie waited till he finished high school
He went to Hollywood, got a tattoo
He met a girl out there with a tattoo too
The future was wide open

They moved into a place they both could afford
He found a nightclub he could work at the door
She had a guitar and she taught him some chords
The sky was the limit

Into the great wide open
Under them skies of blue
Out in the great wide open
A rebel without a clue

The papers said Ed always played from the heart
He got an agent and a roadie named Bart
They made a record and it went in the charts
The sky was the limit

His leather jacket had chains that would jingle
They both met movie stars, partied and mingled
Their A&R man said "I don't hear a single"
The future was wide open

Into the great wide open
Under them skies of blue
Out in the great wide open
A rebel without a clue

Into the great wide open
Under them skies of blue
Into the great wide open
A rebel without a clue


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"Into the Great Wide Open" as written by Tom Petty Jeff Lynne

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    General Comment"Eddie waited 'til he finished high school
    He went to Hollywood, got a tattoo
    He met a girl out there with a tattoo too
    The future was wide open"

    I just love that. They both have tatoos, obviously they're made for each other.
    lonedoggyon February 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe music industry is a fickle monster. musicians shouldn't put all their eggs in one basket.
    roger wilcoon May 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdreams are disillusionments
    RheaSayzon May 03, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"A Rebel Without a Cause" is a James Dean movie, and he was somewhat of a rebel in it.

    The actual meaning is to make you question if you actually are a rebel without a clue. As in, do you just go with the flow, and don't do something for your own individuality.
    Focuson May 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhee! Johnny Depp played Eddie in the music video because he has a story similar to Eddie's, he went out to Hollywood looking to become a musician (he once was in a band called The Kids, he currently is in the band P)
    lily(myoneandonly)on October 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWoooo! A very sexy Johnny Depp was in the clip for this song!!
    miss_deppon November 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWow. Yeah, not only is this song great... but Johnny Depp is SO HOTT!!
    abercrombie07on April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYEAH Johnny Depp during the time of 21 Jump street! Does anybody else LOVE that show???
    pookey_puff666on July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat guitar solo in the video but that version isn't the one on CD's........any idea where 1 can get the video versioin of the song on CD?
    pton February 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTP said in an interview once that this song was actually about Eddie Van Halen, who couldn't cut it in the music industry and ended up just being a standin for the studio musician who actually played all his parts. In concerts, they would project film footage of the studio musician's hands onto Eddie's to maintain the illusion.
    PaleolithNickon July 29, 2007   Link

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