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Tom Petty — You Wreck Me
Album: Wildflowers
Avg rating:
7.5

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Total ratings: 1199









Released: 1994
Length: 3:16
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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
Yeah, 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
Yeah, 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
Yeah, you break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes, you do

You wreck me, baby
Yeah, you break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes, you do
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Go Mike Campbell!
You Rock Me, Isabeau
I believe it was producer Rick Rubin who challenged Tom to do better than "You Rock Me". Reminds me of how Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like A Lady" was originally "Crusin' with the Ladies" and their producer Desmond Child said that was just awful. They've got to do better (no one had really talked so bluntly to them before.) One of the band members sheepishly said "well, when we're joking around we say "dude looks like a lady." And Child was like "ok, now we're getting somewhere!"


 h8rhater wrote:

Per Mike Campbell: 

Any other songs you've done with Tom that have stories that would interest your fans?

Mike
: I don't know if this story is out there, but "You Wreck Me" was a track we cut, and he wrote the whole song. I remember when he called me, he said, "I've got some words to this song," I said, "What do you call it," and he said "It's called You Rock Me." I remember thinking, I don't know, it sounds kind of ordinary, but we really like the track and everything. We went ahead and cut it and we lived with that for a while, but we kept saying, "You Rock Me..."

Then one day he came back and goes, "I've got it, I'll just change it to 'You Wreck Me,'" and the whole thing took on a new meaning. It's an example of one little word changing the whole thing.
 

 Tomasni wrote:
My rating 7 down to   6
 
4 at best. Simple bubble gum music for the masses.
 omerozer2001 wrote:
the intro of pearl jam - comatose sounds like this song. I know this song is earlier so probably pearl jam got the influence from tom petty.
 
Intro not dissimilar to Good Times - Jimmy Barnes/INXS - either?
the intro of pearl jam - comatose sounds like this song. I know this song is earlier so probably pearl jam got the influence from tom petty.
 Proclivities wrote:


It depends who you ask, I guess.  The large majority of rock songs are composed with  pretty simple chord progressions.
 
And almost all cakes are made with flour, eggs and milk.  
 tockpeas wrote:
Can anyone rock a simple chord progression like these guys?  I think not ...
  
 

It depends who you ask, I guess.  The large majority of rock songs are composed with  pretty simple chord progressions.
My rating 7 down to   6
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
I would love to hear AC/DC do a cover of this - cranked up to 11.
 

where do you listen for
AC/DC  cover ?

 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
I would love to hear AC/DC do a cover of this - cranked up to 11.
 

Tom Petty rocks !!!!!!!!! RIP my sweet fave songwriter of ever !!!!
{#Devil_pimp}zesty ! would love to hear a little " honey bee " from this record lets buzz a while !
I would love to hear AC/DC do a cover of this - cranked up to 11.
 LPCity wrote:
8 > 9 also because.

Rest in peace Tom.  Thank you for all the great music.

 

 
100% agree with you on that LPCity...in fact....your 8→9 and my 8→9 give us: 16 ►18

Long Live RP!! 


 Nerubo wrote:
I read/saw an interview somewhere where Tom said the original lyrics were "You Rock Me" but one of the band members objected to the rather generic lyric, and he responded jokingly, "You Wreck Me", and it stuck.
 
Per Mike Campbell: 

Any other songs you've done with Tom that have stories that would interest your fans?

Mike
: I don't know if this story is out there, but "You Wreck Me" was a track we cut, and he wrote the whole song. I remember when he called me, he said, "I've got some words to this song," I said, "What do you call it," and he said "It's called You Rock Me." I remember thinking, I don't know, it sounds kind of ordinary, but we really like the track and everything. We went ahead and cut it and we lived with that for a while, but we kept saying, "You Rock Me..."

Then one day he came back and goes, "I've got it, I'll just change it to 'You Wreck Me,'" and the whole thing took on a new meaning. It's an example of one little word changing the whole thing.
TP and this song epitomize America.

So long man.
RIP Tom, Thanks for the memories. {#Notworthy}

A definite favourite of Bill and Rebecca. {#Wink} 21 solo tracks and 58 with the Heartbreakers {#Yes}
8 > 9 also because.

Rest in peace Tom.  Thank you for all the great music.
Love this whole album!
7 > 8. Just because. 
 hayduke2 wrote:
WOO-HOO RAISED THE VOLUME AND STARTED BOPPIN IN JOY    : )
 
Right with you, bro!  This is a song for my wife .....
WOO-HOO RAISED THE VOLUME AND STARTED BOPPIN IN JOY    : )
 eltom wrote:
Ugh... the most overestimated songwriter of boredom and naive melody lines.
 
You forgot to mention the cliche lyrics. 
Can anyone rock a simple chord progression like these guys?  I think not ...
  
every song melds together in this one of the best ever albums
Fundamentally awesome guitar sounds coming out of their hands.
 Proclivities wrote:

I guess that's the only time a band member objected to his "rather generic" lyrics and song titles.  Good tune anyhow.

 
That's why they're not known as Benmont Tench and the Heartbreakers.
 Nerubo wrote:
I read/saw an interview somewhere where Tom said the original lyrics were "You Rock Me" but one of the band members objected to the rather generic lyric, and he responded jokingly, "You Wreck Me", and it stuck.
 
I guess that's the only time a band member objected to his "rather generic" lyrics and song titles.  Good tune anyhow.

Same fundamental chord structure (just much much more slowly) as the song by U2 called "Desire"...  D, A, E...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song...  it tweaks our nipples...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
Ugh... the most overestimated songwriter of boredom and naive melody lines.
Classic Petty. Time well spent.
{#Bananapiano}
Not too many Petty songs I don't care for!{#Bananapiano}

 BBOGDA wrote:
gemtag wrote:
One of the better tunes from Petty.
 
Why only a 5 Bro?
 
yeah, funny how a better Petty tune rates a decent. 

Petty is not a favorite of mine. His voice and music in general is a droning sound to me.

So a 5 is as far as I can push it. 
gemtag wrote:
One of the better tunes from Petty.
 
Why only a 5 Bro?

A definite 9  one of his best for sure.   You shake me Tom {#Dancingbanana}
 gemtag wrote:
One of the better tunes from Petty.
 
Whole album's a gem...ahem!

One of the better tunes from Petty.
I'll be the boy in the corduroy pants
You be the girl at the high school dance
Run with me, wherever I go
Just play dumb, whatever you know

Those are some of my favorite lyrics in pop music, though I couldn't say why.  Just turn it up and enjoy.
Love this song...   {#Bananajam}
Top#3 TP...
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
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


I read/saw an interview somewhere where Tom said the original lyrics were "You Rock Me" but one of the band members objected to the rather generic lyric, and he responded jokingly, "You Wreck Me", and it stuck.

get 'em Tom! {#Bananajam}