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American Girl

Tom Petty Cover | 2009

“American Girl” is a cover song that was digitally released by Taylor on June 30, 2009. It is a cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl”.

Background and Release

Taylor and her band, The Agency, teamed up with Rhapsody. and Verizon to record a cover version of Tom Petty’s “American Girl” as recorded on her “Fearless Tour 2009“, using Rhapsody and Verizon’s mobile recording studio.

“American Girl” was released with a video featuring exclusive footage captured on Taylor’s sold-out arena show from June 30, 2009. The track was available for full-song download, ringtone download and ringback download.

Second Performance

In November 2017, Taylor covered the song for a second time on SiriusXM radio, in honor of Tom Petty’s passing.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Well, she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn’t help thinking that there was a little more to life
Somewhere else
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to
And if she had to die trying
She had one little promise she was gonna keep

[Chorus]
Oh yeah, all right
Take it easy baby
Make it last all night
She was an American girl

[Verse 2]
Well, it was kind of cold that night
She stood alone on her balcony
She could see the cars roll by out on 441
Like waves crashing on the beach
And for one desperate moment there
He crept back in her memory
God, it’s so painful
It’s something that’s so close but still so far out of reach

[Chorus]
Oh yeah, all right
Take it easy baby
Make it last all night
She was an American girl
Oh yeah, all right
Let’s take it easy baby
And make it last all night
Oh yeah, all right
Let’s take it easy baby
Oh, let’s take it easy now
Oh yeah, all right
She was an American girl

General Information
ReleasedJune 30, 2009
GenreCountry Rock
Length4:10
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwriterTom Petty
ProducerDenny Cordell
Official Audio
Live Cover 2017