We did somethin' we both know it We don't talk too much about it Ain't no real big secret all the same Somehow we get around it Listen it don't really matter to me baby You believe what you want to believe You see you don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee) Somewhere, somehow somebody Must have kicked you around some Tell me why you want to lay there And revel in your abandon Honey, it don't make no difference to me baby Everybody's had to fight to be free You see you don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee) Now baby you don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee) Baby we ain't the first I'm sure a lot of other lover's been burned Right now this seems real to you But it's one of those things You gotta feel to be true Somewhere, somehow somebody Must have kicked you around some Who knows, maybe you were kidnapped Tied up, taken away and held for ransom It don't really matter to me Everybody's had to fight to be free You see you don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee) I said you don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee) You don't have to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a refugee), ah, ah
Written by: Michael W. Campbell, Tom Petty
Lyrics © Gone Gator Music, Universal Music Publishing Group
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12 facts about this song
"Refugee" is a song by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was released as a single from their 1979 album "Damn the Torpedoes."
Tom Petty and Mike Campbell wrote the song. It was one of the first songs they wrote together.
"Refugee" reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1980, making it one of Tom Petty's biggest hits.
It was also one of the first music videos made by the band, and it was directed by John Marsh.
The song's lyrics speak about rising above circumstances and not letting past troubles define one's identity.
"Refugee" features an iconic opening guitar riff, which has become one of the most recognizable features of the song.
Despite being over 40 years old, the song continues to receive significant airplay, solidifying its position as a classic rock staple.
The song has been covered by several bands and singers from different music backgrounds, including Melissa Etheridge, Chipmunks, and The Gaslight Anthem.
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"Refugee" has been featured in various popular movies and TV shows, highlighting its enduring popularity and influence in popular culture.
The song was part of the "Damn the Torpedoes" album, which peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
"Refugee" became a staple for the band's live performances and is included in many of their live albums.
The song is noted for Tom Petty's impressive vocal range, reaching high pitches during the chorus.
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