"I Won't Back Down" as written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne....
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    General CommentIn the end of september of 09', i bought a 100 pill bottle of tylenol at the supermarket and was planning to try to kill myself. On the way home from the store, this song played on the radio and when i got back home i flushed the pills down the toilet. This song means alot to me now and i believe that i am meant to be alive
    ThinkSolutionson February 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song has nothing to do with america being "Hurt" after 9/11, it has noting to do with america either, Its about someone who is standing up and fighting for what he believes in and for what he wants, and being criticized for what you believe in. Standing up for what you believe in and fighting all the criticism is hard
    Veers1on May 16, 2007   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think Tom wrote this about a personal experience he had. But the message is simple & can apply to anyone: Stick to your guns. Don't compromise your values. Uphold your principles. Stand your ground, even if it makes you unpopular. That's how I look at it & how I try to live my life.
    rockinazon August 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLots of info on the real meaning of this song here, as well as some history:

    "Before recording Full Moon Fever, an arsonist burned down Petty's house while he was in it. He escaped and spent much of the next few months driving between hotel rooms and a rented house. It was on these drives that he came up with many of the songs for the album, and the fire was a huge influence. Petty felt grateful to be alive, and the whole incident had a calming effect on him."


    "George W. Bush used this in his 2000 Presidential campaign. When Petty found out, he threatened to sue, as he did not support Bush. Bush stopped using the song but won the election anyway. Petty's home state of Florida decided the election when Bush won the state by a very slim margin."

    Iemanja75on January 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Memoryso a couple days ago, I was out busking, and this young girl and her mom come walking up with a therapy dog, after chatting with them for a bit i find out the girl suffers from several psychological disorders, anyhow, she asks me to play Tom Petty, and I pull this song from who knows where, mid song it just kinda clicks to me that to me atleast this song has a new meaning, being that she had these issues, and i've got several of my own, to me now this song is about facing your inner demons and not letting them control who you are. I WON'T BACK DOWN!!!!
    fallon920on August 01, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. When they played it on the Tribute I LOVED it! It was totally in your face anyone who thinks America is hurt or wounded somehow, yes we are perhaps dented, but the dent only brought parts of us closer together. and we wil 'Stand our Ground. And we won't back Down'!
    smile_lots22on May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey played this song on 7th Heaven, Ruthie sang it has a tribute to an Marine who delievered supplies to Americans but died in a helicopter crash. Just shows you how much people arent realizing that the war is still going on.
    rebelstar68on May 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat makes this song great is that the lyrics are so simple and the song is so short, but Petty manages to get across a very strong message nonetheless. It makes you feel like standing up to people and kicking some ass!!
    ZeeQuickon July 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFirst off let me just say it was the best selected piece out of everything played at the 9/11 tribute, what we needed most at that moment was unity, solidarity, and fire. We needed to be reminded that we are a nation that stands up for our beliefs. And that pretty much sums up the song as well. It has fire, passion, and best of all, conviction. It's short, sweet and to the point.
    Lioness_Whisperson July 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdrabin it up
    kc_was_hereon August 24, 2002   Link

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