"Swingin'" as written by and Tom Petty....
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


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"Swingin'" as written by Tom Petty

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    General Commenti took this song literaly a young women hitchhiking to get away
    tweek420on August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe first time I heard this song, it was really emotional to me because I thought it could be taken as the girl actually trying to hitchhike away, and then she is murdered by the guy that picks her up. However, that is just the movie that played in my head upon first hearing the lyrics...if you look at them written out it seems more logical that the girl worked in Vegas or something and always wanted out of her situation, and then finally does something about it. However, the last verse saying how she went down swingin' made me think that maybe she did die, just not without a fight. If you put that into context, then the line "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" could kinda bring tears to your eyes. Great song with simple chords. A Tom Petty classic. CRAFT AND CONSISTENCY!
    sglasson October 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwonderful background vocals by Howie Epstein, former bass player of the Heartbreakers who died of a heroin overdose in 2003. RIP Howie
    cmckinleyon January 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's also Petty's ode to some great musicians: Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.
    Morty72on May 17, 2013   Link
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    General CommentOutstanding and simple guitar solo.
    uchecarbonon March 18, 2017   Link

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