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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 some things sometimes That are so hard to swallow Hey hey hey! 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 all my tickets 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 I was born a rebel Down in Dixie on a Sunday morning Yeah with one foot in the grave And on e foot on the pedal I was born a rebel Even before my father's fathers They called us all rebels Burned our cornfields And left our cities leveled I can still see the eyes Of those blue bellied devils When I'm walking round tonight Through the concrete and metal 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
Written by: Tom Petty
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10 facts about this song
Band & Artist
"Rebels" is a song by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Tom Petty served as the band's lead singer and also played rhythm guitar.
It is included on the band's album "Southern Accents," which was released in 1985.
Origin of Song
"Rebels" was written by Petty and is about the legacy of being a Southern American.
Petty lyrically drew from his own Southern background and ancestry for this song. His relatives in Florida were working-class people, and their experiences had a profound impact on his songwriting.
While recording the album "Southern Accents," Petty became so frustrated and obsessed with "Rebels” that he punched a wall and severely injured his left hand, necessitating several surgeries.
"Rebels" was often performed by Petty and the band during live shows. A live version of the song was included on the 1985 album "Pack Up the Plantation: Live!"
The song explores recurring themes present in much of Petty's work, including detestation of bigotry and injustice.
The song is built around a traditional rock and roll riff, with Petty's distinctive vocals echoing the confessions of a modern Southern rebel.
Impact and Legacy
Despite the difficulties Petty experienced during its recording, "Rebels" has since become a beloved song among his fans.
Although the song may not have been as commercially successful as some of Petty's other hits, it has been praised for its raw emotional power and poignant exploration of Southern identity.
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