Make It Better (Forget About Me)

Tom Petty

About Make It Better (Forget About Me)

"Make It Better (Forget About Me)" is a song written by Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics. It was released in June 1985 as the third single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1985 album Southern Accents. Musically it is an uptempo number that pays tribute to the Memphis Soul style, with heavy emphasis on horns and funk-inspired rhythm guitar. The music video continues in the Alice in Wonderland motif of "Don't Come Around Here No More" and riffs on the 'model annoyed by flying insect with the face of the singer superimposed' as in the then-recent "You Might Think" video by The Cars.  


Year:
1986
78 
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I want to make it better baby 
Listen, I want to make it good again 
Yes I want to make it better girl 

Yeah better for you, and me 
Baby wait and see 
I know its been a long, long time 
But its gonna be alright 
No you mustn't let it drag you down 
Honey, there's a lot a fools around 
But anything I can do, honey 
I'm gonna do it for you 

I want to make it better baby 
Listen, I want to make it good again 
Yes I want to make it better girl 

Yeah good for you and me 
Baby please believe 
That anything I can do, baby I'm gonna do it for you 
(Forget about me, forget about these eyes) 
(Forget about me, say good-bye) 

There was too much rain, too much humidity 
Tell me why you did what you did to me ? 
Honey you're the judge, there ain't no jury 
And I'm just an innocent boy, used to bein' guilty

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Tom Petty

Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty (born October 20, 1950) was an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. He had also performed under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury. more »

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Written by: DAVID ALLAN STEWART, THOMAS EARL PETTY

Lyrics © Gone Gator Music, Universal Music Publishing Group

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10 facts about this song

Artist
"Make It Better (Forget About Me)" is a song performed by American musician Tom Petty, a singer-songwriter best known for his heartland rock style.
Album
The song comes from the album "Southern Accents" released in 1985. This album was intended to be a concept album exploring themes and music revolving around Tom Petty's Southern United States heritage.
“Single Release”
It was released as the third single from the album and peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, indicating moderate commercial success.
Music Video
The song's music video was directed by prominent MTV director Julien Temple and is characterized by its psychedelic elements.
Collaboration
The album "Southern Accents," on which "Make It Better (Forget About Me)" is featured, marked a collaboration with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, who co-wrote and co-produced some songs. This collaboration led to a different, more experimental sound for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Rest of Heartbreakers
Although Tom Petty is often singled out, it's worth pointing out that "Make It Better (Forget About Me)" is credited to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, consistent with most of Petty's discography.
Recording Process
The recording of the album "Southern Accents," and subsequently "Make It Better (Forget About Me)," was surrounded by tension. Frustration during the recording process led to Petty breaking his hand after punching a wall.
In Concert
While "Make It Better (Forget About Me)" is not among Tom Petty's most well-known songs, it was played numerous times in concerts and was included in several set lists during the Southern Accents tour.
Song Theme
The lyrics of the song suggest themes of love, loss, and desire for emotional escape, aligning with much of Tom Petty's music.
Tom Petty's Legacy
Although "Make It Better (Forget About Me)" wasn't one of Tom Petty's biggest hits, it contributed to the illustrious career of one of America's most beloved rock icons before his death in 2017.

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