"Down South" as written by and Tom Petty....
Headed back down south
Gonna see my daddy's mistress
Gonna buy back her forgiveness
Pay off every witness

One more time down south
Sell the family headstones
Drag a bag of dry bones
Make good on my back loans

So if I come to your door
Let me sleep on your floor
I'll give you all I have
And a little more

Sleep late down south
Look up my former mentors
Live off Yankee winters
Be a landlord and a renter

Create myself down south
Impress all the women
Pretend I'm Samuel Clemens
Wear seersucker and white linens

So if I come to your door
Let me sleep on your floor
I'll give you all I have
And a little more

Spanish moss down south
Find the heroes of my childhood
Who now can do me no good
Carve their names in dogwood

Chase a ghost down south
Spirits cross the dead fields
Mosquitoes hit the windshield
All documents remain sealed

So if I come to your door
Let me sleep on your floor
I'll give you all I have
And a little more

I'll give you all I have
And a little more


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"Down South" as written by Tom Petty

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    General CommentWow what a great tune for someone like me who lives "Down South!" One of my new all time favorite TP&HB songs.

    The lyrics are the most fun he's written in a decade! "Gonna see my daddy's mistress, Gonna buy back her forgiveness."

    TP & HBs getting better with age!
    Muddyon December 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree Muddy :) I love this song!
    GrungyBeatleon November 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's a great song, except Muddy, it's not the heartbreakers. It's just Tom. It's a great song of returning to a distant part of your life though.
    SILENTBOB265on November 17, 2008   Link

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