"You Wreck Me" as written by Tom Petty and Michael W. Campbell....
Tonight we ride, right or wrong
Tonight we sail, on a radio song
Rescue me, should I go down
If I stay too long in trouble town

Oh, yeah, you wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do

Now and again I get the feeling
Well if I don't win, I'm a gonna break even
Rescue me, should I go wrong
If I dig too deep, if I stay too long

Oh, yeah, you wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do

I'll be the boy in the corduroy pants
You be the girl at the high school dance
Run with me wherever I go
And just play dumb, whatever you know

Oh, yeah, you wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do

you wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do


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"You Wreck Me" as written by Tom Petty Michael W. Campbell

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    General Commentclassic! chorus; oh so true.
    clairebabyon October 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentPetty is god
    kerplunk17on November 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHappy-go-lucky, uplifting song that just picks you up out of your seat and makes you want to have an unforgettable night.
    jlk183on January 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe first several times I heard this song I thought the line was "Well if I don't win, how am I gonna break even?" So he would have had to win just to come out alright, as opposed to being alright even if everything gets messed up.
    Nick the Bastardon February 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty confident this one is about a girl who drives a guy nuts but the way she looks and acts makes her irresistable all the same.
    GrtOne41on July 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"tonight we ride"-best opening line in a tom petty song
    jonnyboy6612on April 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGrtOne41, I believe you are right. Those girls are great fun, but eventually they make you sing to them "Don't Come Around Here No More". When they wreck you like that, it's just so unhealthy. I think Tom is just enjoying it, and hoping it never ends, although I am certain he does know. The line, "Just play dumb, whatever you know" kinda tells me that.
    crxbarton August 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen i used to listen to this song as a little kid, i really loved it. But when the line "if i dont win im gonna break even" came around, i got really confused. For 4 years, i thought he was saying "well if i dont win, then i gonna play kitty litter."

    WAS I OFF OR WHAT!?!?!? I thought that he meant he was gonna pout and felt so bad that he got into and played in a kitty litter box. Crazy huh?
    shutout30on September 15, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Tonight we ride" is how I open half of my phone conversations. The line "if i dont win im gonna break even" is a great feeling that I've had a few times its when no matter how bad you screw up you will still come out of it alright.
    Spudlyon October 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGreat song however the opening riff is pretty much completely ripped off from Neil Young's 1977 classic "Bite the Bullet".
    hfield07on June 15, 2010   Link

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