“Crawling Back to You” by Tom Petty

“I’m so tired of being tired, as sure as night will follow day. Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”

Waiting by the side of the road,
For day to break,
So we could go,
Down into Los Angles,
With dirty hands and worn out knees.

Ooooooooo, oooo, ooooo
I keep crawling back to you.
Ooooooooo, oooo, ooooo
I keep crawling back to you.

The ranger came with burning eyes.
The chambermaid awoke surprised.
Thought she’d seen the last of him,
She shook her head,
Let him in.

Ooooooooo, oooo, ooooo
I keep crawling back to you.
Ooooooooo, oooo, ooooo
I keep crawling back to you.

“Hey baby, there’s something in your eye, tryin’ to say to me that I’m gonna be alright if I believe in you. It’s all I want to do.”

It was me and my sidekick.
He was drunk, and I was sick.
We were caught up in a barroom fight,
Until an Indian, shot out the lights.

Ooooooooo, oooo, ooooo
I keep crawling back to you.
Ooooooooo, oooo, ooooo
I keep crawling back to you.

Ooooooooo, oooo, ooooo
I keep crawling back to you.
Ooooooooo, oooo, ooooo
I keep crawling back to you.

Ooooooooo, oooo, ooooo
I keep crawling back to you.


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At some point before he began work on Wildflowers, Tom Petty’s cousin sent him a book of great phrases. One really stuck in his mind: “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.” He worked it into the brilliant “Crawling Back to You.” Petty’s marriage was falling apart around this time, and it’s hard to not sense that in this song about a guy “tired of being tired.” 

Crawling Back to You

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