“She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus and America, too.” We all know Tom Petty‘s “Free Fallin'” But who is “she?” Let’s find out.
Or, rather, let’s pretend we found out. Publishing (and internet humor) giant McSweeney’s recently shared a piece purported to be written by the girl who is the subject of Petty’s “Free Fallin’.” Titled The Woman From Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'” Would Like to Clear a Few Things Up, the monologue opens with this:
“Listen, I’m proud to have inspired such an iconic song, but I’ve been waiting for thirty years to gets this off my chest: Tom completely misread me. Like, completely.”
The “Free Fallin'” girl then goes on to talk about her love (or lack thereof) of Elvis Presley, horses, and more. All in all, it’s a hilarious read and will change the way you hear the song. Even more so than my pal’ Graz’s “Ventura Blvd.” remix of the Petty classic.