I Won't Back Down

Album: Full Moon Fever (1989)
Charted: 28 12
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  • Well, I won't back down
    No I won't back down
    You can stand me up at the gates of hell
    But I won't back down

    No I'll stand my ground
    Won't be turned around
    And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
    Gonna stand my ground

    And I won't back down
    (I won't back down)
    Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out
    (I won't back down)
    Hey I will stand my ground
    And I won't back down
    Well I know what's right
    I got just one life
    In a world that keeps on pushin' me around
    But I'll stand my ground
    And I won't back down
    (I won't back down)
    Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out
    (I won't back down)
    Hey I will stand my ground
    (I won't back down)
    Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out
    (I won't back down)
    Hey I won't back down
    (I won't back down)
    Hey, baby, there ain't no easy way out
    (I won't back down)
    I will stand my ground
    And I won't back down
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Comments: 17

  • Joel from Junction City, Kswhen my company was sent to Iraq during the first Gulf war this was our theme song. We played this anthem nearly everywhere we went and practically wore out the cassette tape this was on.
  • Ny from Canberra, Australiadoesnt matter to me why the song was written, i am just so grateful it was - good on you Tom Petty and the heartbreakers! I am 22 and this song has gotten me through some truly hard times and will continue to do so - ill keep this world form dragging me down and i wont back down!! this song is truly inspiring to stand up for what is right and dear to you even though sometimes there is no easy way out and stop letting people push you around and defeat you! Tom Petty was also one of my dads (who is deceased) favourites artists so listenign to Tom Petty keeps him alive. thanks Tom Petty you champ!you are a truth singer and dam* good guitarist and you never got the credit you truly deserved!!
  • John from Grand Island, NyThank you Tom and Jeff for giving us this gift.
  • Henry O. Godwinn from Wheeling, WvThis song is about a man who stands up for what he believes in despite the odds.
  • Jan from Antwerp, --I got to learn this song via the Pearl Jam version of it on their 'Live at the George' album (remember the 'Hello Tom, come down Tom' running gag throughout the first show, hilarious). But I bought the Tom Petty version (on Anthology) soon after. This song was sort of my 'anthem' song when I tried to quit smoking. I won't back down as in, I won't start smoking again (which I haven't done since by the way) but I think that it can be a stimulans in any difficult situation that one has to conquer, knowing that there's 'no easy way out'.
  • Jo from Strong City, Algeriasorry your all wrong and miss the point the song was written anbout tom petty when was touring with dylan and others and people burn down his house. so he wrote the song cfor him to let you all know he was not backing down
  • Paul from Marysville, WaPhil Jones played the drums on Full Moon Fever. He had peformed with the band on several tours as a percussionist.

    Songs from Full Moon Fever started as informal sessions at Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell's home studio-- so Tom didn't bring in the band. They (Tom, Mike, and Jeff Lynn) were several songs into the project before there was talk of releasing the songs as an album.
  • Andy from Arlington, VaThis song was also covered by Johnny Cash, with Petty singing backup.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI own Full Moon Fever and my fav is Runnin Down A Dream but this is 2nd. Awesome faq bout George & Ringo!
  • Steve from La, Cajeff lynn produced. he was in ELO. he was also in the Traveling Wilburys with Petty, and in a very good Brit band with Roy Wood (not Ron) called The Move,
  • Nick from Hartline, WaI agree with Carson, no one is getting the actuall meaning of this song, lol, i didn't know about the kid, but cmon, obviously about not letting the world get you down, and standing up for yourself, (tom petty kicks ass!)
  • Jude from Thomasville, GaThe guitar that Mike Campbell plays in the video belongs to George Harrison. Maybe that's why the solo sounds like one of George's. There's not a bad song on "Full Moon Fever", but this is my favorite because George did play and sing backups on the album.
  • Shayne from Edmonton, KyRingo Starr played on the "I Won't Back Down" video, but a different drummer is listed on the album.
  • Carson from Puyallup, WaYou guys have totally missed the point. This song was written for a kid who was a fan of Tom Petty's. He was in a coma, and the group wrote this song for him. They played it for him while in the coma, and soon after the kid pulled through. He didn't back down.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesYvette, ELO's lead singer's name is Jeff Lynne - he also co-wrote and produced this song
  • Yvette from Phoneix, AzThe lead singer from ELO(Electric Light Orchrastra)Don't remember his name is also featured in this video. I won't back down. Playing I think bass as my son does.Will there ever be a release of the 911 of Tom Pettys "I won't back Down"? My son is now a former Marine. It would mean alot to me to share that with him.
    Regards, Yvette Parker
  • Matthew from New York, NyThis song features George Harrison on guitar and Ringo Starr on drums.
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