We did somethin' we both know it
We don't talk too much about it
Ain't no real big secret all the same
Somehow we get around it
Listen it don't really matter to me baby
You believe what you want to believe
You see you don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee)

Somewhere, somehow somebody
Must have kicked you around some
Tell me why you want to lay there
Revel in your abandon
Honey, it don't make no difference to me baby
Everybody's had to fight to be free
You see you don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee)
Now baby you don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee) No

Baby we ain't the first
I'm sure a lot of other lover's been burned
Right now this seems real to you
But it's one of those things
You gotta feel to be true

Somewhere, somehow somebody
Must have kicked you around some
Who knows, maybe you were kidnapped
Tied up, taken away and held for ransom, honey
It don't really matter to me baby
Everybody's had to fight to be free
You see you don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee)
No you don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee)
You don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee)
Oh, oh, oh


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Refugee Lyrics as written by Tom Petty Michael W. Campbell

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    General Comment"Tell me why you want to lay there - revel in your abandon"

    This here is a matter of choice.

    While it is probably true that before any one of us may analyze any line of lyric in any song that we should first, as a preliminary measure, consider that only the author(s) can know exactly the creative process and inspiration behind its conception, as well as what was "meant" or otherwise "not meant," it is my opinion nevertheless, that the writer apparently exhibits a certain tone of frustration toward another who chooses not to rise above their own devastation and ruin; be it the subject of tyranny and corruption or otherwise suffering at the hand of some apparent cruelty, above all this sing seems to be about choice.

    * Raise your hand if your companion describes their last companionship, if not their entire world, as a cruel and unfair dictatorship, wherein they are victims of anything and everything.

    ** Raise both hands if you are that victim.


    Furthermore, I feel like if anyone's gonna tell how the cow ate the cabbage it's gonna be Mr. Tom Petty. Sometimes good people take the easy way, and that ain't so good now is it. Moo.
    itdontreallymattertomeon June 03, 2016   Link

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