I'm passing sleeping cities
Fading by degrees
Not believing all I see to be so

I'm flyin' over backyards
Country homes and ranches
Watching life between the branches below

And it's hard to say
Who you are these days
But you run on anyway
Don't you baby?

You keep running for another place
To find that saving grace

I'm moving on alone
Over ground that no one owns
Past statues that atone for my sins
There's a guard on every door
And a drink on every floor
Overflowing with a thousand amens

And it's hard to say
Who you are these days
But you run on anyway
Don't you baby?

You keep running for another place
To find that saving grace
Don't you baby?

You're rolling up the carpet
Of your father's two-room mansion
No headroom for expansion no more
And there's a corner of the floor
They're telling you is yours
You're confident but not really sure

And it's hard to say
Who you are these days
But you run on anyway
Don't you baby?

You keep running for another place
To find that saving grace

Don't you baby?



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"Saving Grace" as written by Tom Petty

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    General Comment:Sure, the music is a rip off of ZZ Top's "La Grange", but he's earned the right from other bands taking from him. That said, great song, proving that Petty is still a great musician.
    T-CAP75on July 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Haha, I KNEW I knew that music. Anyway, good song. Tom Petty is one of the greatest, but he was FRIGHTENING on Jay Leno..
    beanxon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:On an album entitled "Highway Companion" this song fits perfectly. Petty, one of the best storytellers, puts you in the passenger seat as he drives cross country. Great driving song.
    Jag3892on July 30, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I guess this is a song about driving along the road at night. Having the road to yourself and thinking about the act of traveling. The "you" in the song seems to be using travel as a way to avoid things. "it's hard to say" who the person is because he or she won't settle down and establish a life. They feel stifled by normal life in the "two-room mansion," so they run away from it. It seems like they're looking for something (the saving grace, whatever that might be-- and they keep going to the next place without ever finding it.
    Nick the Bastardon August 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:good song, but its a rip off of George Thorogood early stuff
    kfe2on August 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Well, with all the songs out there, it's impossible to write something that doesn't sound a bit like something that someone else wrote....beats doing other peoples covers.
    PirateGirlon September 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I can't put my finger on it, but there is a religious theme going on here. I think "my father's two room mansion" describes a small town church, no? Could this song painting religion in present day america?
    philmelinon October 26, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:philmelin, I agree.

    "You keep running for another place
    To find that saving grace"

    Maybe hes talking about people (or a particular person) waiting for heaven.

    "I’m moving on alone over ground that no one owns
    Past statues that atone for my sins
    There’s a guard on every door
    And a drink on every floor
    Overflowing with a thousand amens"

    He's "alone", maybe he content without religion. "Statues" maybe churches. "Drinks" and "amens" maybe hypocrisy. Just my thoughts.
    ruarchitecton June 08, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:I’m passing sleeping cities
    Fading by degrees
    Not believing all I see to be so

    (fading by degrees: civilization is passing him by, global warming, the cities are not all they seem, they will pass away)

    I’m flyin’ over backyards
    Country homes and ranches
    Watching life between the branches below

    (he must be on an airplane, to be flying over backyards, he has a bird's eye view of what seems to be the South- country homes and ranches..?)

    And it’s hard to say
    Who you are these days
    But you run on anyway
    Don’t you baby?

    (i sense he says we're all but a chaff in the wind, do we really know who we are, or whats going on? but we live life to our ability anyway...we seem fragile, cause we need that saving grace as well)

    You keep running for another place
    To find that saving grace

    (we look to the outside to save us, like our environment or someone else can save us- thats a bit about the concept of grace in christianity but not all)

    I’m moving on alone over ground that no one owns
    Past statues that atone for my sins
    There’s a guard on every door
    And a drink on every floor
    Overflowing with a thousand amens

    (he seems to be looking for grace in another place- possibly a place where its hypocritical, drinks on every floor but amens??)

    And it’s hard to say
    Who you are these days
    But you run on anyway
    Don’t you baby?


    You keep running for another place
    To find that saving grace
    Don’t you baby?

    You’re rolling up the carpet
    Of your father’s two-room mansion
    No headroom for expansion no more
    And there’s a corner of the floor
    They’re telling you is yours
    You’re confident but not really sure

    (i wonder why this family is so cramped in this house? could he be talking about a catostrophe to make them lived cramped and desperately?)

    And it’s hard to say
    Who you are these days
    But you run on anyway
    Don’t you baby?

    You keep running for another place
    To find that saving grace

    Don’t you baby?


    *I still dont know whose viewpoint he's talking about, like whose really singing this song, i know I'm not near correct but i wanted to give my take on it*

    when I listen to song I can enjoy it too!
    GrungyBeatleon August 02, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:okay, so when i first heard this, it kind of made me think of rehab. the beginning like, half of it makes me think of the person on a high, and then someone from the out side saying "i don't even know who you are anymore...but youre just gonna keep doing drugs, aren't you?"
    Then it talks about drinks on floors (which i interpret as temptation) and amens (resisting temptations?!)
    and finallyyy, "theres a corner of the floor, their telling you its yours. youre confident, but not really sure". I know in rehab you usually sleep on a single matress on the floor, usually 4 to a room.
    and the whole theme of finding the saving grace goes from, in the beginning, finding the drug to do the trick, and then, near the end, to finding your faith and belief in yourself.
    irisheyes14on December 20, 2007   Link

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