"American Girl (Tom Petty cover)" as written by and Tom Petty....
Well, she was an American girl,
Raised on promises
She couldn't help thinking there was a little more to life
Somewhere else
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to
And if she's gonna die
Tryin', she
Had one little promise she was gonna keep

Oh yeah, alright,
Take it easy, baby
Make it last all night (make it last all night)
She was an American girl.
Well, it was kind of cold that night,
She stood alone on the balcony
Yeah, she could hear the cars roll by,
Out on four forty one like
Waves crashing on the beach,
For one desperate moment there
He crept back in her memory
God, it's so painful when something that's so close
Can feel so far out of reach


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"American Girl" as written by Tom Petty

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    General Commentawesome cover of a great song by a great band
    they r closin there concerts w/ it now............its great
    beemer11on August 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI watched them perform it on Leno, and it really rocked!!! :o)
    bee_happyon September 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentUgh, I always confuse, pardon me, it was :)
    bee_happyon September 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgreat song and this was for the concert for the city of new york they played this song
    bornonaugust10thon March 23, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe goo goo dolls covered tom petty?! :O!

    gotta download this..

    sar/ah.
    SkibaIsGodXon May 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think they did an awesome cover of Tom Petty!! I think they were perfect for the cover of American Girl. They did an awesome job when they played it on the concert for NYC around 9/11...I downloaded that concert on my computer. I love it. =)
    ..::UnKnownFace::..on July 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI just heard this today. Holy cow talk about awesome. It rocks and John's voice just is plain awesome in it.
    lancerchickon November 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthey played this the other day at the 4th of july celebration in StLouis and I didn't know what it was but it sounded AMAZING. I just love these guys....
    jenshack21on July 05, 2007   Link

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