Lyrics from Hard Promises album insert - © 1981 Backstreet Records, a Division of MCA Records, Inc.


"The Waiting"
By Tom Petty
Copyright © 1981 Gone Gator Music ASCAP
All rights reserved.


Oh baby don't it feel like heaven right now
Don't it feel like something from a dream
Yeah I've never known nothing quite like this
Don't it feel like tonight might never be again
We know better than to try and pretend
Baby no one coulda ever told me 'bout this
I said yeah yeah

Chorus
The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

Well yeah I might have chased a couple women around
All it ever got me was down
Then there were those that made me feel good
But never as good as I'm feeling right now
Baby you're the only one that's ever known how
To make me wanna live like I wanna live now
I said yeah yeah

Chorus
The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

Oh don't let it kill you baby, don't let it get to you
Don't let it kill you baby, don't let it get to you
I'll be your bleedin' heart, I'll be your cryin' fool
Don't let this go too far
Don't let it get to you



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"A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)"
By Tom Petty and Mike Campbell
Copyright © 1981 Gone Gator Music (ASCAP)/Wild Gator Music (ASCAP)
All rights reserved.


She laughed in my face, told me good-bye
Said "Don't think about it, you can go crazy
Anything can happen, anything can end
Don't try to fight it, don't try to save me"

Chorus
She's a woman in love
And he's gonna break her heart to pieces
She don't wanna see
She's a woman in love, but it's not me

Well alright, do what you want
Don't try to talk, don't say nothin'
She used to be the kind of woman
You have and you hold, she could understand the problem
She let the little things go

Chorus
She's a woman in love
And he's gonna break her heart to pieces
But she don't wanna know
She's a woman in love, she can't let go

Time after time, night after night
She would look up at me
And say she was lonely
I don't understand the world today
I don't understand what she needed
I gave her everything she threw it all away
On nothin'
She's a woman in love



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"A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)"
By Tom Petty and Mike Campbell
Copyright © 1981 Gone Gator Music (ASCAP)/Wild Gator Music (ASCAP)
All rights reserved.


She laughed in my face, told me good-bye
Said "Don't think about it, you can go crazy
Anything can happen, anything can end
Don't try to fight it, don't try to save me"

Chorus
She's a woman in love
And he's gonna break her heart to pieces
She don't wanna see
She's a woman in love, but it's not me

Well alright, do what you want
Don't try to talk, don't say nothin'
She used to be the kind of woman
You have and you hold, she could understand the problem
She let the little things go

Chorus
She's a woman in love
And he's gonna break her heart to pieces
But she don't wanna know
She's a woman in love, she can't let go

Time after time, night after night
She would look up at me
And say she was lonely
I don't understand the world today
I don't understand what she needed
I gave her everything she threw it all away
On nothin'
She's a woman in love



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"Nightwatchman"
By Tom Petty and Mike Campbell
Copyright © 1981 Gone Gator Music (ASCAP)/Wild Gator Music (ASCAP)
All rights reserved.


Chorus
I'm the nightwatchman
I make the rounds
I'm the nightwatchman
I gotta keep my nose to the ground

Honey this ain't no job for a man like me
I got potential, I could be just what you need
You got to think about the pros and cons
You could be right, you could be wrong

Chorus
I'm the nightwatchman
I am security
I'm the nightwatchman
How safe do you wanna be?

I sit around at night and listen to the radio
If I get real bored I might have a little smoke
Yeah I got a permit to wear this .38
But listen my life's worth more than the minimum wage

(Repeat Choruses)



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"Something Big"
By Tom Petty
Copyright © 1981 Gone Gator Music ASCAP
All rights reserved.


It didn't feel like Sunday
Didn't feel like June
When he met his silent partner in that lonely corner room
That over looked the marquee
Of the Plaza all-adult
And he was not lookin' for romance -- just someone he could trust

Chorus
And it wasn't no way to carry on
It wasn't no way to live
But he could put up with it for a little while
He was workin' on something big

Speedball rang the night clerk
Said, "Send me up a drink"
The night clerk said, "It's Sunday man, ...wait a minute let me think
There's a little place outside of town that might
Still have some wine"
Speedball said, "Forget it, can I have an outside line"

(Repeat Chorus)

It was Monday when the daymaids
Found the still made bed
All except the pillows that lay stacked
Up at the head
And one said, "I know I've seen his face
I wonder who he is?"
The other said, "Probably just another clown
Workin' on something big"

(Repeat Chorus)



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"Kings Road"
By Tom Petty
Copyright © 1981 Gone Gator Music ASCAP
All rights reserved.


Well they put me out on the old Kings Road
I didn't know which way to go
There was people all around wearin' funny lookin' clothes
Some boys, some girls, some I don't know

Chorus
I didn't know which way to go
I'm a new world boy on the old Kings Road

Rockabilly music was in the air
I looked in the door, they said, "Come over here"
They had socks and shirts and underwear
That I'd seen before, but I don't know where

(Repeat Chorus)

A Pakistani man said, "Listen here
Let me fix you up before you go back there
You can't get 'em in the U.S.A.
Not in New York City, not in West L.A."
I thought about it, said, "I don't know
I'm a new world boy on the old Kings Road"



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"Letting You Go"
By Tom Petty
Copyright © 1981 Gone Gator Music ASCAP
All rights reserved.


I used to think that when this was all over
You might feel different 'bout me
Yeah I always knew, one day you'd come around
Now I wonder if dreams are just dreams

Chorus
Whoa oh whoa oh oh I'm having trouble
Letting you go

(Repeat Chorus)

Baby look out your window, it's raining on your summer home
You're by the fire keeping warm and dry
There's no one as honest as those in pain
Oh honey can you see me? Will you let me inside?

(Repeat Chorus)

It's a restless world, uncertain times
You said hope was getting hard to find
But time rolls on, days go by
What about the broken ones? What about the lonely ones?
Oh honey I'm having trouble letting go
It's off in the distance, somewhere up the road
There's some easy answer for the tears you've cried
And it makes me uneasy, makes me feel different
Do you get scared when you close your eyes?

(Repeat Chorus)



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"A Thing About You"
By Tom Petty
Copyright © 1981 Gone Gator Music ASCAP
All rights reserved.


I'm not much on mystery
Yeah you gotta be careful what you dream
I thought this might pass with time
Yeah I thought I was satisfied

Chorus
But oh baby let me tell you, I got a thing about you
Baby let me tell you, I got a thing about you
It don't matter what you say
It don't matter what you do
I, I, I, got a thing about you

Somewhere deep in the middle of the night
Lovers hold each other tight
Whisper in their anxious ears
Words of love that disappear

(Repeat Chorus)

Baby you hold some strange control over me
Yeah it's so wild it hypnotizes me

(Raise Both Arms and Repeat Chorus)



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"Insider"
By Tom Petty
Copyright © 1981 Gone Gator Music ASCAP
All rights reserved.


You've got a dangerous background
And everything you've dreamed of
Yeah you're the Dark Angel
It don't show when you break up
And I'm the one who oughta know
I'm the one left in the dust
Yeah I'm the broken hearted fool
Who was never quite enough

Chorus
I'm an insider, I been burned by the fire
And I've had to live with some hard promises
I've crawled through the briars -- I'm an insider

It's a circle of deception
It's a hall of strangers
It's a cage without a key
You can feel the danger
And I'm the one who oughta know
I'm the one you couldn't trust
Yeah I'm the lonely silent one
I'm the one left in the dust

(Repeat Chorus)

I'll bet you're his masterpiece
I'll bet you're his self-control
Yeah you'll become his legacy
His quiet world of white and gold
And I'm the one who oughta know
I'm the one you left to rust
Not one of your twisted friends
I'm the one you couldn't love

(Repeat Chorus)



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"The Criminal Kind"
By Tom Petty
Copyright © 1981 Gone Gator Music ASCAP
All rights reserved.


You got a criminal mind
You got criminal looks
Boy you better look out
You're gonna get hooked
Don't you ever feel guilty
When you come up short
Man you better be careful
You're gonna get caught

Chorus
'Cause you're the criminal kind, you're the criminal kind
Man what you gonna do? Where you gonna hide?
They're callin' you a sickness, disease of the mind
Man what you gonna do? You're the criminal kind

Don't you ever get tired? Don't you ever wanna quit?
Yeah it's been a long time, and you still don't fit
Dog tags on the mirror, hangin' down from a chain
Give up little sister, this ain't gonna change

(Repeat Chorus)

Yeah, and that little girl you used to know
Just don't come around no more
Now she ain't there to watch the door
She don't wanna die in no liquor store
I hope they all made money, I hope they all get rich
Yeah, I hope they give hell, to every son-of-a-bitch
That put a man on the carpet
Or stuck him out on the line
Whoever let him get a taste of the criminal life

(Repeat Chorus)



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"You Can Still Change Your Mind"
By Tom Petty and Mike Campbell
Copyright © 1981 Gone Gator Music (ASCAP)/Wild Gator Music (ASCAP)
All rights reserved.


It's gonna be another hard night
You wanna take it all alone
You wanna face up to the trouble
You wanna face up to your soul
And baby you can have it any way you want it
You just get a little lost from time to time
Sometimes it gets a little crazy somewhere down inside

Chorus
But you can still change your mind
You can change your feelings

Everybody wants all the world can give 'em
Everybody wants to get all they can get
Everybody's waiting on somethin' that hasn't come yet
And you can hide it for a little while honey
You can try and just lose it for awhile
Then it's gonna do something to ya somewhere down inside

(Repeat 1st Chorus)

Oh and it gets harder by the minute girl
Oh it gets harder every day
Listen to me darlin', oh you don't have to wait

Chorus
It's alright, you can still change your mind
Just hold tight, everything's gonna be alright
If you can change your mind
You can change your feeling



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