Runnin' Down A Dream

Album: Full Moon Fever (1989)
Charted: 55 23
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  • It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down
    I had the radio on, I was drivin'
    Trees flew by, me and Del were singin' little Runaway
    I was flyin'

    Yeah, runnin' down a dream
    That never would come to me
    Workin' on a mystery, goin' wherever it leads
    Runnin' down a dream

    I felt so good like anything was possible
    Hit cruise control and rubbed my eyes
    The last three days the rain was unstoppable
    It was always cold, no sunshine

    Yeah, runnin' down a dream
    That never would come to me
    Workin' on a mystery, goin' wherever it leads
    Runnin' down a dream

    I rolled on, the sky grew dark
    I put the pedal down to make some time
    There's something good waitin' down this road
    I'm pickin' up whatever's mine

    I'm runnin' down a dream
    That never would come to me
    Workin' on a mystery, goin' wherever it leads
    Runnin' down a dream

    Yeah, I'm runnin' down a dream
    That never would come to me
    Workin' on a mystery, goin' wherever it leads
    I'm runnin' down a dream Writer/s: Jeff Lynne, Michael Campbell, Tom Petty
    Publisher: Gone Gator Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 18

  • Oliver Clothesoff from Over There An amazing song, but go to YouTube sometime and play the instrumental-only version. The dynamic beauty of the music comes through in a way it cannot when sharing space with the lyrics.
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenMy favorite of his and the "Little Nemo In Slumberland" video is amazing.
  • Peter from Davenport,flWhy is this song not included in the "Songs with Animated Videos" category? [got that added, thx. -editor]
  • Michelle from UkA great track. I believe it's about chasing your dreams. But when my dog's asleep and he's dreaming, his legs start running. I always say to people he's "Runnin' Down A Dream." This song never gets old.
  • Eric from Rhinelander, WiThis song appears to be about a man running down a dream that constantly eludes him.
  • Carli from Pheonix, AzI would LOVE listening to this driving fast on the freeway, in GTA of course. Great song!
  • Thomas from Somerville, AlI don't know about best song ever but, it is definately a Petty classic..as is just about everything the man ever wrote, sang, performed.
  • Ben from Gosford, AustraliaI loved this song when I first heard it back in 1989 as a 4 year-old, and I still think it's a great song. It's just waiting to be used for a montage in a road-trip movie. The guitar solo at the end is awesome too!
  • Kevin from Memphis , TnYou can't any better than this live.
  • Darrell from EugeneI have an amusing anecdote to tell about this song: I was driving from Portland to Eugene (both Oregon) in my Alfa Romeo 164 with my lovely lady Serena when "Runnin' Down a Dream" by Tom Petty came on, and Serena started to sing along, not to "Runnin' Down a Dream", but to Del Shannon's legendary hit "Little Runaway". I was shocked that she knew that song, especially considering that most ladies in their twenties are (sadly) into kiddie pop and rap.
  • Evil Joe from Suffragette City, CoGTA games usually pick good songs for their classic rock radio stations. I read somewhere that they won't be using popular songs for GTA 4.

    Great song, by the way. I remember seeing the music video when I was younger. I also went to a Tom Petty concert a few years back in the middle of a desert. It was awesome.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaWow I must say Tom Petty's best song ever. Wow it's in GTA San Andreas!?! That suprises me!
  • Amay from Edison, NjOne of the best solos ever is in this song.
  • Steve from Oakland, CaLove it on GTA san andreas
  • Blair from Peterborough, CanadaDel Shannon worked on this Album.
  • Danny from Sydney, Australiadamn this is a good song
  • Caitlin from Sailsbury, Nci love tom petty
  • AndrÃ?s from Baton Rouge, LaThe lyrics mention "Del" and "Little Runaway". This is a reference to Del Shannon and his popular song, Runaway.

    Also, an instrumental version of this song was used on ESPN commercials for Sunday Night Baseball.
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