"Free Fallin' (Tom Petty cover)" as written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne....
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  • +4
    General Commenti think this verison is way better
    laurenanne12345on January 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've loved Tom Petty's version for years but I gotta admit John really knows what he's doing. He took a long shot covering this song and wooow did he do it. I love that even if it's the same song, it sounds like a completely different one. He adds stuff of his own to the song, that's what covers are supposed to be like. Tom Petty sounds excited about falling for this person, while John sounds much calmer and excited but still sort of scared and anxious about it.
    It's so odd that an artist manages to cover a song and make it sound better than the original. Different, at least. I loved it.
    gabby891on September 20, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationShe's a good girl, loves her mama
    Loves Jesus and America too
    Shes a good girl, crazy bout Elvis
    Loves horses and her boyfriend too

    She's innocent and pure. Note, she has a boyfriend. He's the bad boy who wants to be with her but feels he is not good enough.


    It's a long day living in reseda
    There's a freeway runnin through the yard
    I'm a bad boy cause I don't even miss her
    I'm a bad boy for breakin her heart

    He's had his chance, he broke her heart, he's saying what people say about him that he's a bad boy because he "don't even miss her", but that's not who he is, it's just what people say about him, and he does in fact miss her.

    And I'm free, free fallin,fallin
    Yeah I'm free, free fallin,fallin

    This is a contradiction. He is free in that he is no longer involved with her, he thinks he is free, but it is in his attempt at proving how free he is, that he proves how wrapped up he is in this girl. He's free, but he's "fallin" for her so he's not really free, it's a bit of an oxymoron.

    All the vampires walkin through the valley - vampires are all the bad boys sucking the good girls blood, which is obviously a metaphor, to mean that they are stealing another life-important body part; their hearts. The image is that they are waiting to prey on the good girls. And obviously when the "vampires" are finished with them, they leave the good girls dead inside, numb, not quite alive.

    They move west down ventura boulevard
    And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows - Now the bad boys "vampires" are waiting in the shadows ready to take advantage of the good girls hearts.
    And the good girls are home with broken hearts



    And I'm free, free fallin,fallin
    Now I'm free, free fallin,fallin
    Free fallin, now I'm free fallin, now I'm
    Free fallin, now I'm free fallin, now I'm

    I wanna glide down over mulholland
    I wanna write her name in the sky - He doesn't know how to express his love, he knows he has to do something big and dramatic to win her back. But he doesn't think it will make a difference. Really it's him with the broken heart.
    Wanna free fall out into nothin - He has somewhat accepted that there is nothing he can do, he can't control her and win her back, the only thing he can do is control his own fate and he is free fallin because he has nothing holding him back, no plans, no direction and the only thing he can do is let fate take control, although it's his choice, he can't decide how he lands.
    Gonna leave this world for a while

    And I'm free, free fallin'
    Yeah I'm free, free fallin'

    I think generally, it is a song about throwing yourself into life, knowing that you cannot control the direction the wind takes you in. The only choice you have is to jump.

    Annie4u2on January 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI saw John play this song in concert a few days ago and i was awestruck. I don't know if I was just surprised to hear him play a song that I loved so much, or if it was just the simple guitar combined with his voice, but it almost brought me to tears. It is just beautiful.
    Tylertbonon July 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti like this better than the original version
    Richie45069on July 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm so glad John Mayer did this cover. Tom Petty's version has such a bad image because most of his other songs reference drugs. Well, personally, I like to believe this song has nothing at all to do with drugs. I think of it as a boy leaving a girl, and he doesn't feel guilty for leaving her. "I'm a bad boy cause I don't even miss her. I'm a bad boy for breaking her heart"
    That's just the way I like to think of it. Forget all the drug references, it could mean a million other things. =)
    mel29821on August 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is proof that John's voice has improved a LOT since the 'Inside Wants Out' days
    Indoor Use Onlyon August 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like John Mayer's version better then the original. I don't know if he only does it acoustic but that is what I have on my iPod and I love it.
    Aubrey Bobreyon October 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'She's a good girl, loves her mama
    Loves Jesus and America too
    Shes a good girl, crazy bout Elvis
    Loves horses and her boyfriend too'

    I think this is saying that she is perfect, the female equivalent of the American dream.

    'It's a long day living in reseda
    There's a freeway runnin through the yard
    I'm a bad boy cause I don't even miss her
    I'm a bad boy for breakin her heart'

    He left her, and because he lives in an uneventful area and there are just long lony days, he has time to think about it, and the fact that he left, but doesn't miss her.

    'And I'm free, free fallin,fallin
    Yeah I'm free, free fallin,fallin'

    I think that the words of the chorus are saying that he lets himself get lost in these thoughts.

    'All the vampires walkin through the valley
    They move west down ventura boulevard
    And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows
    And the good girls are home with broken hearts'

    I think that vampires are his way of saying memories, or unresolved issues. By going west they are effectively travelling out of their lives. All the boys are too scared to be seen, so they stand in the shadows where they are less visible, hiding. All the girls are at home with broken hearts.

    And I'm free, free fallin,fallin
    Now I'm free, free fallin,fallin
    Free fallin, now I'm free fallin, now I'm
    Free fallin, now I'm free fallin, now I'm

    'I wanna glide down over mulholland
    I wanna write her name in the sky
    Wanna free fall out into nothin
    Gonna leave this world for a while'

    He realises that just by thinking about her this much, he really does miss her. And gives into those feelings.

    And I'm free, free fallin'
    Yeah I'm free, free fallin'
    AvigailGoodmanon June 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song, as much as I love it, confuses me slightly. I initially thought it was about falling in love, when I didn't pay attention to the verse lyrics and was listening mainly to the light melody and his tone of voice. But after I listened more closely to the lyrics, I realised it might be about him leaving his girlfriend. He's a bad boy, very different from her, and they just ended their relationship and that's why he's feeling so free. But then...that still doesn't exactly make sense when you take into consideration the line 'I wanna write her name in the sky'.
    So I'm not sure what story these lyrics actually convey. (It might be about drugs, I suppose that's an option...) But apart from the lyrics, the music and general feel of this whole song is just one of exuberance. I love how John Mayer's voice glides over the melody. He's quite the musician, that's for sure. =)
    musicgypsyon June 05, 2011   Link

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