"To Find A Friend" as written by and Tom Petty....
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    General CommentObviously about a divorce and how it affects the family / children.
    GoodOmenson January 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's so much about the divorce, I think it's just kinda about this wife who can't find anyone. Her husband runs off to make a whole new life, then her new boyfriend ultimately doesn't fit the part. The days are passing by and she can't seem to find a friend.
    cogginjson November 16, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, it is about the aftermath of a failed marriage from the perspective of the husband, then the perspective of the wife. The guy hit a midlife crisis and decided to find his own happiness, but could never find a friend to replace his wife. His wife tried to move on, but also couldn't find a friend to replace her husband.

    It's hard to find a friend, so think long & hard before letting one go.
    RTFireflyon October 03, 2017   Link
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    General CommentYa, I dont think that there is a whole lot hidden in this song. Essentially, what you hear is what you get. Fairly self explanitory
    J.Spicolion August 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLike everyone else said, self explanatory song. First Tom Petty song I ever loved.
    Amindwithahearton January 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe lines about "it changed their lives/it changed their plans" seem to be about children getting buffered by all of this, and are achingly sad. Very well painted by a guy who never got enough credit for his lyrics.
    edfinkelon August 29, 2018   Link
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    General CommentI really like the chorus. I'd like to think theres a deeper meaning but I think what you said is pretty much it.
    benulitronon January 15, 2007   Link

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