"Echo" as written by and Tom Petty....
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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 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 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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