My Own Lyrics Challenge 1990 - Free Fallin' - Jeff Lynne & Tom Petty

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The song “Free Fallin'” is a description of the sights seen by Tom Petty as he commuted by car in the Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and Ventura Boulevard in California during the late 1980’s. He was not telling a story, but more giving impressions of the scene at that time.

My Own Lyrics Challenge is going through the years to spotlight cool songs and this post is for 1990. “Free Fallin'” was a hit and got to the middle of the Billboard Charts for that year. Later it was used in the soundtrack of the movie Jerry Macguire, starring Tom Cruise in 1996 and became a hit again.

Finally with the death of Tom Petty in 2017, the song rose in the charts a third time to its highest peak ever.

The video for Free Fallin' by Tom Petty shows locations from the song at the current time while populated by young people from various times from the 1950’s onward. Teeny boppers from the 50’s and young skateboarders from the 1980’s are shown enjoying the same sites.

Through it all, Tom plays and sings in a glass enclosed mall, making this a quintessential Los Angeles number.

Free Fallin Lyrics - Jeff Lynne & Tom Petty

[Verse 1]
She's a good girl, loves her mama
Loves Jesus and America too
She's a good girl, crazy 'bout Elvis
Loves horses and her boyfriend too
It's a long day, livin' in Reseda
There's a freeway, runnin' through the yard
And I'm a bad boy, 'cause I don't even miss her
I'm a bad boy for breakin' her heart

[Chorus]
And I'm free, free fallin'
Yeah I'm free, free fallin'

[Verse 2]
All the vampires, walkin' through the valley
Move west down Ventura Boulevard
And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows
And the good girls are home with broken hearts

[Chorus]
And I'm free, I'm free fallin'
Yeah I'm free, free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a
Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)

[Verse 3]
I wanna glide down over Mulholland
I wanna write her name in the sky
I'm gonna free fall out into nothin'
Gonna leave this world for awhile

[Chorus]
Now I'm free, free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a
Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)
Yeah I'm free, free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a
Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)

[Outro]
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)
Yeah I'm free, free fallin'
Oh!
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)
Free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)
And I'm free, oh, free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a
Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)
Free fallin'
(Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a)

RIP Tom Petty and all who leave us too soon.


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