"Echo" as written by and Tom Petty....
Put down your things and rest awhile
You know we've both nowhere to go
Yeah, daddy had to crash
He was always halfway there you know
And no, I don't pretend there's any more of that
They say one day, you'll look up and laugh and hear

The same sad echo when you walk
Yeah, the same sad echo when you talk loud and clear
It's the same as the same sad echo around here

I promise you this winter
I will worship you like gold
And ride your train forever
Electric fortunes to be told
And I don't want to question or even celebrate
All the joy you took and then gave back too late

It's the same sad echo when you lie
It's the same sad echo when you try to be clear
It's the same as the same sad echo around here

Well, I woke up right here
In a pool of sweat
With a box of pills and you
Yeah, and I'm gonna keep my head
I'm gonna keep my cool
Oh, I'm so in love with you
Yes and in another world nothing was like this
There may have been a girl
There never was a kiss

The poison came in liquid
She was naked all the time
And no one could explain it
It was all between the lines
And I don't seem to trust anyone no more
It could be faith I'm just not sure

It's the same sad echo every day
Yeah the same sad echo another way
When you call
It's the same as the same sad echo most of all

Well you just got tired
You just gave in
You took it hard
Then you just quit
You let me down
You dropped the ball
You fell on your face most of all
And I don't want to mean anything to you
I don't want to tempt you to be true

It's the same sad echo comin' down
It's the same sad echo all around in my ears
It's the same as the same sad echo around here


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"Echo" as written by Tom Petty

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    General Commentdamn i can't believe no one has commented on this song! one of my favorites!
    ffour4on January 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song. Very dark and haunting, but you can tell Tom Petty is singing his heart out. I'm assuming its about his divorce with his wife. Really hard times for him. Great song though.
    jlk183on January 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere's so much pain in this song. I don't know what it is, but there are so many Tom Petty songs that make me wanna just cry out.
    Alpha13on April 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this is a great song and Tom sings and plays with emotion. But, I need help with some of these lyrics! The last verse is pretty clear, but what's with "The poison came in liquid, she was naked all the time..."? Not sure what this song is really saying, but it feels heavy all the same.
    kickstart71on December 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAs with the rest of the album "Echo," this song is about Tom Petty's divorce. This song basically means that the feelings will always be there even if his wife is now gone, hence the relationship to the ever lasting echo. Overall very very well written and deep.
    gnrv2on May 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree that the song is inspired by TP's divorce but I don't think it's literally *about* it - the verses each seem to tell a different story in which one half of a divorced couple is trying to explain what went wrong, sometimes making excuses for him/herself, and sometimes pleading with the other person for another chance. Hence the "same sad echo" refrain, which echoes through (!) reminding us that although the stories are so different they do have one thing in common - the dreadful pain of loss.

    The bit about "the poison came in liquid" might mean alcohol, don't you think? Someone got drunk and did something they shouldn't have done...
    treefrogdemonon September 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentJust want to applaud TP for a song that truly makes you think about what can go wrong with a relationship and why things don't work out despite love.

    I think the first paragraph is so telling. It's a warning about being haunted by love. Everyone learns this lesson and is destined to crash.
    carryoutkidon July 06, 2012   Link

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