On our first flash of freedom, I called out your name
Love hit us hard like an overdue train
We felt so much more than our hearts could explain
On our first flash of freedom

A fist full of glory, a suitcase of sin
The language you dream in when you count to ten
You go to the edge and you always give in
On your first flash of freedom

Down every canyon and mountain we fall
They'll laugh at our shadows, tall on the wall
Your brain is so full but you can't keep it all
On your first flash off freedom

Across ancient bridges through a town with no name
Across painted hills that no rich man can claim
Run wild mustangs that nothin' could change
On your first flash of freedom
On your first flash of freedom

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    General CommentThe lyrics here are less about a message and more about an image.

    Petty broad-brushes the setting/state of mind, and Campbell comes in and splatters the shit out of the canvas with screeching solos between each verse. Overall, a more musical than lyrical song, Petty's vocals serve as imagery to compliment music, rather than his usual lyrics-first method.

    This seems to be mostly true of this album overall, one of the reasons it's a sneaky late-favorite offering. Mojo, throughout, is simple yet visionary in lyric, while intricate and punching musically. Very guitar-driven, lot of deep cuts, lot of Mike & Tom ripping loose on solos. Fun stuff.
    Janglinon October 03, 2017   Link

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