She probably works in a restaurant
That's what her mamma did
But I don't know if she ever really
Could've put up with it
Or maybe she sings in a nightclub
'Cause sometimes she used to sing
But I don't know if it ever
Amounted to anything
Said, listen honey

Wherever you are tonight
I wish you the best of everything, in the world
And, honey, I hope you found
Whatever you were looking for

Yeah and it's over before you know it
It all goes by so fast
And the bad nights take forever
And the good nights don't ever seem to last
And man, we never had the real thing
But sometimes we used to kiss
Back then we didn't understand
What we were caught up in

So, listen honey
Wherever you are tonight
I wish you the best of everything, in the world
And, honey, I hope you found
Whatever you were looking for

Yeah, baby
Wherever you are tonight
I wish you the best of everything, in the world
And, honey, I hope you found
Whatever you were looking for


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    General CommentFirst comment?

    Everyone is missing out on a great song.

    Yeah and it's over before you know it
    It all goes by so fast
    Yeah the bad nights take forever
    And the good nights don't ever seem to last
    And man, we never had the real thing
    But sometimes we used to kiss
    Back when we didn't understand
    What we were caught up in

    Some of Toms best lyrics IMO
    seiffest39on March 31, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of Petty's best 'deep cuts'. Sad that too few know about this track. It's the final song on the Southern Accents album and what an emotional tune it is to close out the album. (The alternative version of this song is the best b/c it contains an extra verse.) This is a song that cuts right to the bone. Petty, though clearly not fully over this girl, is wishing well to a long-lost love. He's lost track of her through the years and wonders what's become of her and what she decided to do with herself in life. He hopes it has all worked out for her and hopes she's found what she was looking for. But he You can hear the hurt in the lyric and Petty's voice. The horns are used perfectly and give the song a stately feel.This track certainly taps into an emotion that so many of us have experienced at least once in our lives. A companion song that comes to mind is "Black" by Pearl Jam.
    Rickveeon June 28, 2020   Link

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