Virginia in this song is a girl, not the state (Train used the name in their 1998 song "Meet Virginia
"). Petty leaves her story open to interpretation, but we can tell she's a mercurial, headstrong sort. It appears she was a shining star whose light has since dimmed, and Petty is asking for empathy: Leave Virginia alone
She's not like you and me
Petty was very good at drawing listeners into story songs like this one. "American Girl
" is another one where he conjures up an intriguing protagonist and lets us fill in the blanks.