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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Discography

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Discography

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Discography

  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Lyrics

Honey don't walk out I'm too drunk to follow
You know you won't feel this way tomorrow
Well - maybe I'm a little rough around the edges
Inside a little hollow
I get faced with somethings sometimes
That are so hard to swallow - Hey!

[Chorus:]
I was born a rebel
Down in Dixie on a Sunday morning
Yeah - with one foot in the grave
And one foot on the pedal
I was born a rebel.

Well she picked me up in the morning
And she paid out my ticket
Yeah she screamed in the car
And threw me out in the thicket
Well - I never would've dreamed
That her heart was so wicked
Oh - but I keep coming back
'Cause it's so hard to kick it.
Hey, hey, hey

[Chorus]

Even before my father's fathers
They called us all rebels
Burned our cornfields
And left our cities level
I can still see the eyes
Of those blue bellied devils
When I'm walking round tonight
Through the concrete and metal.
Hey, hey, hey

 


Songwriters

Tom Petty

Chords

Intro: C G    Am F
 
C                        Am
Honey don't walk out I`m too drunk to follow
C                            Am
You know you won't feel this way tomorrow
        F                   G
Well - maybe I'm a little rough around the edges
F               G
Inside a little hollow
F                G         
I get faced with somethings sometimes
F         G                   Am
That are so hard to swallow - Hey !
 
 
Chorus:
 
             C
I was born a rebel
        Am                C
Down in Dixie on a Sunday morning
            F               G
Yeah - with one foot in the grave
    F               G
And one foot on the pedal 
             Am
I was born a rebel.
 
 
Well she picked me up in the morning
And she payed out my ticket
Yeah she screamed in the car
And threw me out in the thicket
Well - I never would've dreamed 
That her heart was so wicked
Oh - but I keep coming back
'Cos it's so hard to kick it.
 
(Chorus)
 
Even before my father's fathers
They called us all rebels
Burned our cornfields
And left our cities level
I can still see the eyes 
Of those blue bellied devils
When I'm walking round tonight
Through the concrete and metal.

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Review

The track was recorded in 1984. It was during the recording of this track that Petty broke his hand. Petty remembers being so high on drugs that he couldn't get an arrangement he liked. Petty went into the control room, and put the original demo tape on, which featured just him and a Rickenbacker 12-string guitar. This made him so furious that he stormed up the stairs into his house, and punched the wall with his left hand, causing him to powder it. After a while, Tom Petty called Jimmy Iovine in to help him finish "Rebels" along with some other tracks on Southern Accents. Alan "Bugs" Weidel, Tom's roadie, considers "Rebels" a least favorite of his due to Petty's broken hand.

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