You Don't Know How It Feels
Tom Petty Lyrics


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Let me run with you tonight
I'll take you on a moonlight ride
There's someone I used to see
But she don't give a damn for me

But let me get to the point
Let's roll another joint
And turn the radio loud
I'm too alone to be proud

And you don't know how it feels
You don't know how it feels
To be me

People come, people go
Some grow young, some grow cold
I woke up in between
A memory and a dream

So let's get to the point
Let's roll another joint
And let's head on down the road
There's somewhere I gotta go

And you don't know how it feels
You don't know how it feels
To be me

My old man was born to rock
He's still tryna beat the clock
Think of me what you will
I've got a little space to fill

So let's get to the point
Let's roll another joint
And let's head on down the road
There's somewhere I gotta go

And you don't know how it feels
You don't know how it feels
No, you don't know how it feels
To be me
You don't know how it feels
You don't know how it feels




No, you don't know how it feels
To be me

Overall Meaning

Tom Petty's song "You Don't Know How It Feels" is a poignant and introspective piece about the singer's feelings of loneliness and alienation. The song speaks to the inner turmoil of a person who feels misunderstood and unappreciated. From the opening lines, "Let me run with you tonight, I'll take you on a moonlight ride," to the final refrain, "You don't know how it feels, no, you don't know how it feels to be me," the song conveys a sense of searching for human connection and understanding.


Throughout the song, Petty references his past relationships and the people who have come and gone from his life, saying, "There's someone I used to see, but she don't give a damn for me" and "People come, people go, some grow young, some grow old." The imagery of being caught between a memory and a dream evokes a feeling of confusion and disillusionment.


The refrain, "You don't know how it feels to be me," is a clear declaration of the singer's frustration with feeling unseen and unheard. The song suggests that loneliness and isolation are universal human experiences, but true understanding can be hard to come by.


One interesting fact about the song is that the line "Let's roll another joint" was controversial at the time of its release because of the explicit drug reference. In some versions of the song played on the radio, the line was censored or replaced with a less controversial phrase.


Line by Line Meaning

Let me run with you tonight
Come with me and experience what I'm feeling tonight


I'll take you on a moonlight ride
I'll take you on a ride where we can enjoy the beauty of the moonlight


There's someone I used to see
I used to be with someone who's no longer a part of my life


But she don't give a damn for me
She doesn't care about me anymore


But let me get to the point, let's roll another joint
Let's cut to the chase and smoke some weed


And turn the radio loud, I'm too alone to be proud
Let's turn the radio up and enjoy the music because I'm feeling lonely and not proud


And you don't know how it feels
You don't understand the emotions that I'm experiencing


You don't know how it feels to be me
You can't imagine what it's like to be in my shoes


People come, people go
People come into and exit our lives


Some grow young, some grow cold
Some people stay youthful, while others become cold and distant


I woke up in between
I'm caught between a memory and a dream


A memory and a dream
I'm stuck between my past and my aspirations


So let's get to the point, let's roll another joint
Let's not waste any time, and let's smoke some more weed


Let's head on down the road
Let's go on a journey and see where it takes us


There's somewhere I gotta go
I have a destination in mind


My old man was born to rock
My father was a rock and roll enthusiast


He's still tryin' to beat the clock
He's still trying to achieve his goals before it's too late


Think of me what you will
You can have your own opinions about me


I've got a little space to fill
I have a void in my life that needs to be filled


No, you don't know how it feels to be me
You really don't understand my situation




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing
Written by: Thomas Earl Petty

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Jonathan Wood

Let me run with you tonight
I'll take you on a moonlight ride
There's someone I used to see
But she don't give a damn for me

But let me get to the point
Let's roll another joint
And turn the radio loud
I'm too alone to be proud
You don't know how it feels
You don't know how it feels
To be me

People come, people go
Some grow young, some grow cold
I woke up in between
A memory and a dream

So let's get to the point
Let's roll another joint
Let's head on down the road
There's somewhere I gotta go
And you don't know how it feels
You don't know how it feels
To be me

My old man was born to rock
He's still tryin' to beat the clock
Think of me what you will
I've got a little space to fill

So let's get to the point
Let's roll another joint
And let's head on down the road
There's somewhere I got to go
And you don't know how it feels
You don't know how it feels
No, you don't know how it feels
To be me

You don't know how it feels
You don't know how it feels
No, you don't know how it feels
To be me



All comments from YouTube:

Daniel Hedberg Musician and Guitarist

I don’t think this man made a bad song in his life. Such a legend

o9

The best.

Anthony Foutch

An American icon.

Annette Stobb

He's truly the Great Uniter, even in death.
RIP Tom Petty... we still love ya... #TomPetty

James Newsome

​@Anthony Foutch😅😅😅

Bob N

68 now; lost everything 21 years ago - almost all of my family, job, what friends I did have and went to prison. Got out, started over and am doing okay now with the help of one family member and God. This song means a lot to me.

Donna Marie Davidson

I wish you peace and joy. Put the past behind you and enjoy your life, you deserve it!!

hank

Happy New Year, buddy!

Mifka

God bless only god knows

Mac M

Keep on rockin

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