Honey don't walk out, I'm too drunk to follow
You know you won't feel this way tomorrow
Well, maybe a little rough around the edges
Or inside, a little hollow
Yeah, I get faced with some things, sometimes
That are so hard to swallow, hey (hey, hey, hey)

I was born a rebel, down in Dixie (hey, hey, hey)
On a Sunday mornin'
Yeah with one foot in the grave
And one foot on the pedal, I was born a rebel
I was born a rebel

Yeah, she picked me up in the mornin', and she paid all my tickets
Then she screamed in the car
Left me out in the thicket
Well I never woulda' dreamed
That her heart was so wicked
Yeah, but I keep comin' back
'Cause it's so hard to kick it, hey, hey, hey (hey, hey, hey)

I was born a rebel, down in Dixie (hey, hey, hey)
On a Sunday mornin'
Yeah, with one foot in the grave
And one foot on the pedal, I was born a rebel
I was born a rebel

Even before my father's father
They called us all rebels
As they burned our cornfields
And left our cities leveled
I can still feel the eyes of those blue-bellied devils
Yeah, when I'm walking 'round at night
Through the concrete and metal, hey, hey, hey (hey, hey, hey)

I was born a rebel, down in Dixie (hey, hey, hey)
On a Sunday mornin'
Yeah, with one foot in the grave
And one foot on the pedal, I was born a rebel
I was born a rebel

Hey, hey, hey (hey, hey, hey)
I was born a rebel, down in Dixie (hey, hey, hey)
On a Sunday mornin'
Yeah, with one foot in the grave
And one foot on the pedal, I was born a rebel
Born a rebel

Hey, hey, hey (hey, hey, hey)
Hey, hey, hey (hey, hey, hey)
Hey, hey, hey (hey, hey, hey)
Hey, hey, hey (hey, hey, hey)
Hey, hey, hey (hey, hey, hey)
Hey, hey, hey (hey, hey, hey)


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Rebels [Alternate Version, 1985] Lyrics as written by Tom Petty

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    General CommentThis song is amazing. I think it's pretty self-explanatory though.
    laneeon April 10, 2011   Link
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    General Commenta really cool tune!
    LolaBaton November 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGood god I cannot believe there aren't more comments on this song, this is along with american girl and lonesome sundown my favorite Tom Petty song. I love how everything Tom Petty sings about is real, he's always been such a rebel, organizing fan protests against the big record conglomerates (the "$8.98"" album,some fans might know what I'm talking about, hah) and just rebelling to stand up for what he believes by any means necessary.
    Event_Horizonon September 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthe is from gainsville florida could it be that hes from the south = rebel
    sncstealthon August 17, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThe man singing the song has an inferiority complex, at least partly because of what he feels is Yankees or anyone else not from the South looking down on Southerners and judging them lacking. Brings to mind the The saying "The South will rise again", which is probably meant to be defiant, but What does it say about the state of the South right now? (Only those who are "down" can rise).

    For me, 'Rebels' brings to mind a few other songs: Sweet Home Alabama; Copperhead Road; The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down;
    force263on July 18, 2017   Link

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