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By Tom Petty

Well she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn't help thinkin'
That there was a little more to life somewhere else
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to
And if she had to die tryin'
She had one little promise she was gonna keep

Oh yeah, all right
Take it easy, baby
Make it last all night
She was an American girl

Well it was kinda cold that night
She stood alone on her balcony
Yeah, she could hear the cars roll by
Out on 441 like waves crashin' on the beach
And for one desperate moment
There he crept back in her memory
God it's so painful when something that's so close
Is still so far out of reach

Oh yeah, all right
Take it easy, baby
Make it last all night



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    1doomsdaySep 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm
    Urban legend goes a little something like this; This all american sorta girl that attended the University of Florida in the 60's took a hallucinogen for the first time in her dorm. Chick thought she could fly and took a header out the window. Hwy 441 apparently runs close to this school and Petty wrote this song while listening to the sound of traffic.

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