"Crawling Back To You" as written by and Tom Petty....
Waiting by the side of the road
For day to break so we could go
Down into Los Angeles
With dirty hands and worn out knees

I keep crawling back to you
I keep crawling back to you

The ranger came with burning eyes
The chambermaid awoke surprised
Thought she'd seen the last of him
She shook her head and let him in

I keep crawling back to you
I keep crawling back to you

Hey baby, there's something in your eyes
Tryin' to say to me
That I'm gonna be alright if I believe in you
It's all I want to do

It was me and my sidekick
He was drunk and I was sick
We were caught up in a barroom fight
Till an Indian shot out the lights

I'm so tired of being tired
Sure as night will follow day
Most things I worry about
Never happen anyway

I keep crawling back to you
I keep crawling back to you

I keep crawling back to you
I keep crawling back to you

I keep crawling back to you


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"Crawling Back to You" as written by Tom Petty

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    General Commenti cant believe there arent more comments on this song, its so amazing. after someone close to me died i couldnt stop listening to this song. the piano and tom petty's voice are just so comforting. i think its about loneliness, going from one place to the next with no direction. the line "I'm so tired of being tired" definetly highlights the feeling of being so lonely and worn out. to me this song is the feeling being somewhere that doesnt feel like home, and you cant stay there long so you have to keep going, keep running around.
    blood_sugarsexmagikon May 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt took me awhile but i love this song. So much pain, but the hope endures.
    My interpretation is a little strange---I feel he is writing about illegal aliens coming across the US border to work. They are talking about the USA when they say "crawling back to you."
    The jobs they get are really bottom of the barrel, for instance, plumbers' helper's helper or...chambermaid, changing sheets in motels day after day, for low wages and non-existent benefits. And always the fear of the INS catching them and sending them back across the border--"The ranger came with burning eyes..."
    the chambermaid can't do a thing about it except sneak back in, one more time...that is reality.
    The storyteller sounds like he stays drunk a lot of the time to ease the pain of the monotony, the loneliness, the uncertainty...but he knows he is making more money than he could ever dream of making where he came from, Mexico or Central America. Pretty much every day sucks but people keep telling him there is an opportunity to grab here...he pictures the USA is saying to him, "everything's gonna be all right if I believe in you."
    And day after day, he keeps crawling back.
    madisonhson January 25, 2016   Link
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    General Commentone of the best songs Petty has ever written. I absolutely love this song.
    zigafuon April 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm so tired of being tired
    Sure as night will follow day
    Most things I worry about
    Never happen anyway


    i love those lyrics
    great song
    shed27on June 24, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song haunts me. it's incredible.
    thatpartydresson June 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like the way it's all definite images and story until the last verse. I just think that works well. Plus, it's a really good song. One of the best off of what I consider the best album by one of the best musicians of all time.
    Nick the Bastardon February 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree. one of my favorites from tom petty. wildflowers was such an underrated album.
    benulitronon January 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGeez, I guess if you want the good comments, look at the good songs. I agree with everyone. I know it's amazing to say, but Wildflowers tops anything the Heartbreakers put out. This song is so good, I really wish that it was the closer to the album.

    bssm, I think you're on the money with the theme of this song. I can't say for sure what the "plot" is per se, but I definitely agree with your interpretation, although I never thought of it until I read it. Nice moves.
    twollamaloveon August 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song last week. It was late and I was tired after a long night of pub crawling (NPI). As usual, Tom Petty's sound just spoke to my soul. His music is just so soothing and melancholy; it hits a spot that few others do (Neil Young, for one).
    The lyrics remind me of my ex and I, who can't seem to stay away from each other. Even after 7 years, one of us always ends up reaching out to the other one. He shows up at my door and everything just feels right again for us. He has this effect on me that I can't put my finger on, kind of like Petty's music.
    Mmm, this song just reminds me of being lonely on the road on a late night, with someone on your mind.
    buttercup9386on November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI fell in love with this song a few years ago when I seen petty live in concert singing this. I've heard it before, my mom was a huge petty fan but it never reached out and grabbed me like it did when he sang it live.
    NutzyPixeon October 03, 2008   Link

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