Refugee

Tom Petty

About Refugee

"Refugee" is a song recorded by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was released in January 1980 as the second single from their album Damn the Torpedoes. It peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1980. The song is in compound AABA form.


Year:
1986
5:22
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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

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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: Michael W. Campbell, Tom Petty

Lyrics © Gone Gator Music, Universal Music Publishing Group

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12 facts about this song

Song Origin
"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."
Songwriter
Tom Petty and Mike Campbell wrote the song. It was one of the first songs they wrote together.
Chart Success
"Refugee" reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1980, making it one of Tom Petty's biggest hits.
Music Video
It was also one of the first music videos made by the band, and it was directed by John Marsh.
Inspirational Message
The song's lyrics speak about rising above circumstances and not letting past troubles define one's identity.
Iconic Riff
"Refugee" features an iconic opening guitar riff, which has become one of the most recognizable features of the song.
Timeless Appeal
Despite being over 40 years old, the song continues to receive significant airplay, solidifying its position as a classic rock staple.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by several bands and singers from different music backgrounds, including Melissa Etheridge, Chipmunks, and The Gaslight Anthem.
Featured in Pop Culture
"Refugee" has been featured in various popular movies and TV shows, highlighting its enduring popularity and influence in popular culture.
Album Success
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.
Live Performances
"Refugee" became a staple for the band's live performances and is included in many of their live albums.
Vocal Range
The song is noted for Tom Petty's impressive vocal range, reaching high pitches during the chorus.

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