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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

Well it was dark at midnight
There was hardly any moon
And no one really saw much
No one was really sure
But something didn't seem right
Something was kinda queer
A roar turned into whispers
Everyone stood there

As the sound spilt the night
They ran hiding from the light
Like strangers in the night
Like strangers in the night

Well I didn't see no shotgun
I didn't see no knife
But I saw this crazy black guy
With the demon in his eye
And I heard him say "white man"
I've seen that silver cue
You don't remember me well
But I remember you

As the sound spilt the night
They ran hiding from the light
Like strangers in the night
Like strangers in the night

Well the knife just left his fingers
As the black guy took his aim
White guy's head exploded
The black guy howled in pain
Then everybody scattered
I heard some woman scream
God damn you old black bastard
You've blown away my dreams

As the sound spilt the night
They ran hiding from the light
Like strangers in the night
Like strangers in the night

 


Songwriters

Tom Petty

Chords

E|------12---12\\---|   Then a long pick scrape up and down the neck.
B|------12---12\\---|
G|------------------|
D|------------------|
A|------------------|
E|------------------|

Main lick:              D    A
E|----------------------2----0--------|
B|----------------------3----2--------|
G|----------------------2----2--------| 8x
D|----------------------0----2--------|
A|-----------2-4-------------0--------|
E|--0-0--3-4-----3-0------------------|

This is repeated for 17 measures.

“Well it was dark at midnight
There was hardly any moon
And no one really saw much
No one was really sure”

Then, the rhythm moves up a string. (More or less)
                        G    D
E|----------------------3----2--------|
B|----------------------0----3--------|
G|----------------------0----2--------|
D|-----------2-4--------0----0--------|
A|--0-0--3-4-----3-0----2-------------|
E|----------------------3-------------|

“But something didn’t seem right
Things seemed kinda queer”

(Now back to main lick)

The roar turned into whispers
Everyone stood there”

CHORUS
“The sound just split the night- like hiding from the light- like strangers in the night 
in the night)”
    G    A    E                  D    G
E|--3----0-----------------------2----0--------|
B|--0----2----0------------------3----2--------|
G|--0----2----1------------------2----2--------|
D|--0----2----2------------------0----2--------|
A|--2----0----2-------2-4-------------0--------|
E|--3---------0---3-4-----3-0------------------|

Repeat all of this for Verse 2:

“Well I didn’t see those shotguns
And I didn’t see no knife
But I saw this crazy black guy
With a demon in his eye

And I Heard him say, “White man!”
I’ve seen that silver cue!
You don’t remember me but
I remember you

The sound just split the night
Like hiding from the light
Like strangers in the night
(Strangers in the night)


E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------2-4-----------2-4-----------2-4--------------------------2-4----------2-4-|
A|--0--3-4------0-0--3-4------0-0--3-4----------------2-4--0-0--3-4-----0-0--3-4-----|
E|-----------------------------------------0-0--3-4----------------------------------|

E|----------------------|
B|----------------------|
G|----------------------|
D|-----------2-4--------|
A|--0-0--3-4------------|
E|----------------------|

Then play the main lick twice before starting the 3rd verse.

Well the knife just left his fingers
As the black guy took his aim
The white guy’s head exploded
The black guy howled in pain

And then everybody scattered
I heard some woman scream
God damn that old black bastard
Well you’ve blown away my dreams

CHORUS

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