"This Old Town" as written by and Tom Petty....
Living free
Is gaining on me
Can't keep ahead of my dreams
My relief turned out a thief
Smooth as rocks in the stream

This old town is a sad affair
You be glad you're not there
It ties your hands
It spikes your drink
I'd say more, but I can't think

Lazy Jim took a bottle with him
Tried to flag down a train
Left a note couldn't read what he wrote
A light came on in my brain

This old town is a sad affair
You be glad you're not there
It ties your hands
It spikes your drink
I'd say more, but I can't think

The hills are gold
Mornings are cold
Don't know a soul on the street

I keep to myself
Like everyone else
Nobody says much to me

Go to bed
Fight thoughts in my head
In the time between wake and sleep

Rats to kill
Contracts to fill
It's on ice but it won't keep

This old town is a sad affair
You be glad you're not there
It ties your hands
It spikes your drink
I'd say more, but I can't think


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"This Old Town" as written by Tom Petty

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    General CommentOne of my favorites of the Highway Companion

    This song pops in my head when I wake up and just don't feel like doin whatever I have to do that day.

    Piano is great .. lyrics too.

    I think it is about living in a place you really want to get away from ..
    nw275on November 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about being on the road... Not knowing anyone and being alone.. Everywhere you go its the same. You know no one. You started out thinking it would be great to travel etc but its turns out it sucks.
    johnnyfiveisaliveon February 19, 2013   Link

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