What Are You Doin' In My Life?
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Lyrics


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Well you followed me all around New York City
Tryin' to make people think I wanted you with me
I can only hope that they didn't believe you
I can figure out why I got to deal with you

What are you doin' in my life?
What are you doin' in my life?
What are you doin' in my life?
I didn't ask for you

I don't know how you got my telephone number
Probably some jerk tryin' to put me under
Some friend of a friend of a friend of mine
Baby, who you tryin' to fool when you tell those lies?

What are you doin' in my life?
What are you doin' in my life?
What are you doin' in my life?
I didn't ask for are you

Well, this is all a little too much to believe
You're puttin' my name all around in the street
Honey, where did you think this was gonna lead?
Baby, will you tell me what you want from me?

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Well, this is all a little too much to believe
You're puttin' my name all around in the street
Honey, where did you think this was gonna lead?
Baby, will you tell me what you want from me?

Well you're the last woman in the world that thrills me
Now you got my girlfriend tryin' to kill me
Honey my friends think that I've gone crazy
Can't you figure out that you ain't my baby

What are you doin' in my life?
What are you doin' in my life?




What are you doin' in my life?
I didn't ask for you

Overall Meaning

In "What Are You Doin' In My Life?" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, the singer is addressing an unwanted and persistent admirer who has been following him around New York City, trying to convince people that he wants her around. The singer is unclear about how this person even obtained his phone number and suspects that someone gave it to her as a prank. He asserts that he did not ask for her in his life, and cannot understand why he has to deal with her.


The singer questions the woman's intentions and wonders what she wants from him. He also reveals that this woman is the last person in the world that thrills him and that she has caused his girlfriend to become jealous and angry. The singer's friends think he has gone crazy as a result of this woman's obsessive behavior, and he just wants her to leave him alone.


The song speaks to the unpleasant experience of having unwanted romantic attention and the frustration of dealing with someone who refuses to take no for an answer. It also highlights the potentially dangerous consequences of stalking and the serious impact it can have on someone's life.


Line by Line Meaning

Well you followed me all around New York City
You were stalking me around Manhattan.


Tryin' to make people think I wanted you with me
You were trying to make it seem like I was interested in you.


I can only hope that they didn't believe you
I hope nobody believed your lies.


I can't figure out why I got to deal with you
I don't understand why I have to deal with you.


What are you doin' in my life?
What is your purpose in being a part of my life?


What are you doin' in my life?
Why are you involved in my life?


What are you doin' in my life?
What is the reason for you being in my life?


I didn't ask for you
I didn't invite you into my life.


I don't know how you got my telephone number
I have no idea how you got my phone number.


Probably some jerk try in' to put me under
It was likely someone trying to sabotage me.


Some friend of a friend of a friend of mine
Someone three degrees removed from my circle told you my number.


Baby who you tryin' to fool when you tell those lies?
Who do you think you're lying to with those false stories?


Well this is all a little too much to believe
The situation is hard to fathom.


You're puttin' my name all around in the street
You're spreading rumors about me in public.


Honey where did you think this was gonna lead?
What was your endgame in pursuing me?


Baby will you tell me what you want from me?
Can you please clarify what you're trying to get out of this?


Well you're the last woman in the world that thrills me
You are the least exciting woman in the world for me.


Now you got my girlfriend tryin' to kill me
Your behavior has made my girlfriend hostile towards me.


Honey my friends think that I've gone crazy
My friends think I've lost my mind because of you.


Can't you figure out that you ain't my baby
Don't you understand that you are not my significant other?




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Tom Petty

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