#SongLyricSunday : Mary Jane's Last Dance

Time again for Song Lyric Sunday! 

The Idea was formed by Helen @ This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time. She has presented us with the word prompt of LAST for this week.

I had a few songs that came into my head right away. Usually, I try to keep digging - but today I am choosing one of those first songs and crossing my fingers that not too many of the others chose the same song for this word prompt.

"Mary Jane's Last Dance" is a song written by Tom Petty and recorded by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was recorded on July 22, 1993, while Petty was recording his Wildflowers album, and was produced by Rick Rubin, guitarist Mike Campbell, and Tom Petty. The sessions would prove to be the last to include drummer Stan Lynch before his eventual departure in 1994. This song was first released as part of the Greatest Hits album in 1993. It rose to No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first Billboard Top 20 hit of the 1990s, and also topped the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart for two weeks. This song also was a B-Side of "You Don't Know How It Feels".

Asked if the song was about drugs, Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell said, "In the verse there is still the thing about an Indiana girl on an Indiana night, just when it gets to the chorus he had the presence of mind to give it a deeper meaning. My take on it is it can be whatever you want it to be. A lot of people think it's a drug reference, and if that's what you want to think, it very well could be, but it could also just be a goodbye love song." In the rest of the interview, Campbell said that the song was originally titled "Indiana Girl" and the first chorus "Hey, Indiana Girl, go out and find the world." He added that Petty 'just couldn't get behind singing about "hey, Indiana Girl,"' so he changed the chorus a week later.

Check out Helen’s post for rules for participating in this musical word prompt blog hop.


  1. One of his better songs, imo. Great choice!

  2. Tom Petty is one of my all time favorites. And I just love this song.

    1. Agreed! I could listen to Petty all day long and not tire of it.

  3. Good song. He was never one of my favorites, but I can appreciate good tunes. :-)

    1. Thanks, Tara. I think having a diversity of music is a good thing. Nothing wrong at all with knowing what you like and what you don't like.

  4. Great pick, Mary! Love this song! He certainly had some hits that never get old and this is one of them. :)

  5. What a wonderful talent Tom Petty was. So sad he's gone now. I've liked most all his songs.


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