Tonight we ride, right or wrong
Tonight we sail, on a radio song
Rescue me, should I go down
If I stay too long in trouble town

Oh, yeah, you wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do

Now and again I get the feeling
Well if I don't win, I'm a gonna break even
Rescue me, should I go wrong
If I dig too deep, if I stay too long

Oh, yeah, you wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do

I'll be the boy in the corduroy pants
You be the girl at the high school dance
Run with me wherever I go
And just play dumb, whatever you know

Oh, yeah, you wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do

you wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by neuroman

You Wreck Me Lyrics as written by Thomas Earl Petty Michael W Campbell

Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, Gone Gator Music, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

You Wreck Me song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

11 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General Comment

    The first several times I heard this song I thought the line was "Well if I don't win, how am I gonna break even?" So he would have had to win just to come out alright, as opposed to being alright even if everything gets messed up.

    Nick the Bastardon February 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I'm pretty confident this one is about a girl who drives a guy nuts but the way she looks and acts makes her irresistable all the same.

    GrtOne41on July 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "Tonight we ride" is how I open half of my phone conversations. The line "if i dont win im gonna break even" is a great feeling that I've had a few times its when no matter how bad you screw up you will still come out of it alright.

    Spudlyon October 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    classic! chorus; oh so true.

    clairebabyon October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Petty is god

    kerplunk17on November 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Happy-go-lucky, uplifting song that just picks you up out of your seat and makes you want to have an unforgettable night.

    jlk183on January 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    "tonight we ride"-best opening line in a tom petty song

    jonnyboy6612on April 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    GrtOne41, I believe you are right. Those girls are great fun, but eventually they make you sing to them "Don't Come Around Here No More". When they wreck you like that, it's just so unhealthy. I think Tom is just enjoying it, and hoping it never ends, although I am certain he does know. The line, "Just play dumb, whatever you know" kinda tells me that.

    crxbarton August 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    When i used to listen to this song as a little kid, i really loved it. But when the line "if i dont win im gonna break even" came around, i got really confused. For 4 years, i thought he was saying "well if i dont win, then i gonna play kitty litter."

    WAS I OFF OR WHAT!?!?!? I thought that he meant he was gonna pout and felt so bad that he got into and played in a kitty litter box. Crazy huh?

    shutout30on September 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Great song however the opening riff is pretty much completely ripped off from Neil Young's 1977 classic "Bite the Bullet".

    hfield07on June 15, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Corpse I Fell In Love With
Gadjits, The
He reuses the verse melody from the previous album's "Dirty Little Religion", the topics of the verses are all over the place, and he packs too many words into one line (goes to show...) and too few in another (it's pretty hard to find), and rhymes "Henley Regatta" with "Persona non grata", but gets away with it all as only he could.
Album art
Grand Theft Auto
Insane Ian
The way this song speaks to me🥺🥺when I sing it I feel like I relate
Album art
Step
Ministry
Both as a standalone and as part of the DSOTS album, you can take this lyric as read. As a matter of public record, Jourgensen's drug intake was legendary even in the 1980s. By the late 90s, in his own words, he was grappling with massive addiction issues and had lost almost everything: friends, spouse, money and had nearly died more than once. "Dark Side of the Spoon" is a both funny & sad title for an album made by a musical genius who was losing the plot; and this song is a message to his fans & friends saying he knows it. It's painful to listen to so I'm glad the "Keith Richards of industrial metals" wised up and cleaned up. Well done sir.
Album art
Fortnight
Taylor Swift
The song 'Fortnight' by Taylor Swift and Post Malone tells a story about strong feelings, complicated relationships, and secret wishes. It talks about love, betrayal, and wanting someone who doesn't feel the same. The word 'fortnight' shows short-lived happiness and guilty pleasures, leading to sadness. It shows how messy relationships can be and the results of hiding emotions. “I was supposed to be sent away / But they forgot to come and get me,” she kickstarts the song in the first verse with lines suggesting an admission to a hospital for people with mental illnesses. She goes in the verse admitting her lover is the reason why she is like this. In the chorus, she sings about their time in love and reflects on how he has now settled with someone else. “I took the miracle move-on drug, the effects were temporary / And I love you, it’s ruining my life,” on the second verse she details her struggles to forget about him and the negative effects of her failure. “Thought of callin’ ya, but you won’t pick up / ‘Nother fortnight lost in America,” Post Malone sings in the outro.
Album art
The Night We Met
Lord Huron
This is a hauntingly beautiful song about introspection, specifically about looking back at a relationship that started bad and ended so poorly, that the narrator wants to go back to the very beginning and tell himself to not even travel down that road. I believe that the relationship started poorly because of the lines: "Take me back to the night we met:When the night was full of terrors: And your eyes were filled with tears: When you had not touched me yet" So, the first night was not a great start, but the narrator pursued the relationship and eventually both overcame the rough start to fall in love with each other: "I had all and then most of you" Like many relationships that turn sour, it was not a quick decline, but a gradual one where the narrator and their partner fall out of love and gradually grow apart "Some and now none of you" Losing someone who was once everything in your world, who you could confide in, tell your secrets to, share all the most intimate parts of your life, to being strangers with that person is probably one of the most painful experiences a person can go through. So Painful, the narrator wants to go back in time and tell himself to not even pursue the relationship. This was the perfect song for "13 Reasons Why"