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Mary Janes Last Dance Lyrics

Artist: Tom Petty


She grew up in an Indiana town,
Had a good-lookin' mama who never was around.
But she grew up tall and she grew up right
With them Indiana boys on them Indiana nights.

Well, she moved down here at the age of eighteen.
She blew the boys away, was more than they'd seen.
I was introduced and we both started groovin'.
I said, "I dig you baby, but I got to keep movin' on.
Keep movin' on."

Last dance with Mary Jane, one more time to kill the pain.
I feel summer creepin' in and I'm tired of this town again.

Well, I don't know, but I've been told,
You never slow down, you never grow old.
I'm tired of screwin' up, tired of going down,
Tired of myself, tired of this town.

Oh, my, my. Oh, hell, yes.
Honey, put on that party dress.
Buy me a drink, sing me a song.
Take me as I come 'cause I can't stay long.

Last dance with Mary Jane, one more time to kill the pain.
I feel summer creepin' in and I'm tired of this town again.

There's pigeons down on Market Square.
She's standin' in her underwear,
Lookin' down from a hotel room.
Nightfall will be comin' soon.

Oh, my, my. Oh, hell, yes.
You got to put on that party dress.
It was too cold to cry when I woke up alone.
I hit my last number and walked to the road.

Last dance with Mary Jane, one more time to kill the pain.
I feel summer creepin' in and I'm tired of this town again.
Comments/Interpretations
by RD on 5/16/2008 8:56pm
yeah i guess it was a cool song
by cari on 5/22/2008 2:46pm
this song is amazing
by shea sierzega on 5/22/2008 2:47pm

i love this song cause im a druggie
by hahaha on 5/26/2008 7:25am
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by Brennan on 6/1/2008 5:55pm
this song is awesome!
by AmazingGracie on 6/14/2008 9:11am
this song is awesome!!!! <3 it!!!
by Kera on 6/18/2008 6:21pm
This song never ceases to amaze me. It is one of my favorites by Tom Petty, and one of my favorites over all. I love the beat and the music, it's amazing. The lyrics are beautifully written, Tom Petty is amazing.
by mgb on 6/27/2008 8:49pm
tom petty rocks
by drue on 7/7/2008 2:12pm
um...carl....being a druggie has nothing to do with it.
by the pimp on 7/9/2008 8:09pm
yea it does
its about weed
by the coolest person in the world on 7/10/2008 5:49pm
i love this song! it rocks. kinda strange tho
by anna on 7/14/2008 6:47pm
LOVE THIS SONG. kickass.
by chelsea on 7/22/2008 1:08am
this song reminds me of my boyfriend.
we listen to it when you cruise around at night.
i love it.
tom petty is the shit!
by terry (ets) on 7/28/2008 1:18pm
nehhhhh nehhh neh nehhh nehh nehhh nehhh rahh rahh rahh rahh rahh rahh rahh rahh rahhhh. i kill u i eat you i burn ya house down. i hide he evidence. i love this somng. it makes me happy.
by avery loy on 8/4/2008 11:03pm
i kill babies. i boil puppies, ALIVE!!! i touch little boys privates!!!! i say dirty words!!! i shoot people in the eyeballs with lemon juice. i cant potty without my mommy. i eat textile testicles. mmmmhm yeah, feels good, right??? unless this song is playing. it calms me. yessssss.
by yep yep on 8/9/2008 11:30am
drue ur an idiot..the name of the song is MARY JANE...duhzz..
he plays it off as it was a girl....
but he's talkin about weed
by wow on 8/14/2008 2:39pm
yes because weed has a "good lookin mama". and weed wears underwear. BECAUSE DRUGS TOTALLY WEAR CLOTHES AND GET HOTEL ROOMS.
dumbfucks. i like it because its talks about indiana (:
by mcfly on 8/24/2008 8:55am
dudes sounds like the song is almost more about a drifter like keepin one step ahead of the reaper man, like time is short. dude in the song is always on the move right. and this chick is like a landmark maybe like a spot to tell the story from two sides.
by . on 8/26/2008 4:08am
i think it's about a girl who has been through a troubled childhood & she smokes weed. mary jane is referring to both the girl and marijuana.
that's just my interpretation. makes sense to me.

+ love this song.
by J on 8/29/2008 10:09pm
wow you guys have no concept for metaphor and analogies... the song is most obviously about weed... jus topen your mind and look at it from that angle "she grew up tall and she grew up right"

"last dance with mary jane, one more time to kill the pain"

this is as much about drugs as hotel califronia
by elijah on 9/10/2008 2:22pm
oh, my, my. oh hell, yes!!!!!!!!!!

Drugs, drugs and drugs...
by Aranda on 9/17/2008 12:04pm
you certainly have a point.Every human artist at some point in his carrier needs to satisfy your thirst for poetic dope songs
by shaki on 9/20/2008 10:05am
Fantastic song...so many years and still livin' ... I hope that will last much more.
Tom Petty's fan from Serbia
by Marci on 10/5/2008 7:10pm
I love this song!
by Ben on 10/6/2008 12:24am
yeah, "J" is absolutely right when he says it is clearly about weed. Maybe you have to be a pothead to catch all the inuendos. Did I spell that right? Nice choice of letter usage for your code name as well. It fits.
by hanky on 10/8/2008 12:42am
i agree with the moron that put a period for a name, it's deffinately about both, i like the song cus the girl means the world to him and he means nothing to her
by Marissa on 10/9/2008 5:08pm
Well, Tom Petty has been known to write songs about drugs. Just because the song says something about underwear and hotels doesn't mean a thing. You just have to figure it out for yourself. Songs are about interpretation. Many lyricists don't just write what they are saying. They expect you to figure it out.
by shaky shake on 10/15/2008 4:19am
of course it's about marijuana u fucking idiots don't need to be a genius to figure that out
by on 10/15/2008 4:49pm
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by Big Eric on 10/19/2008 5:32am
Dance with mary jane!!!!
by nat3 on 10/22/2008 9:35am
this song is the shit!!!
by Damage Done on 10/29/2008 11:20am
Hi from Italy!
I agree about the drug allegory in the song. Does anyone remember the Video of this song? With Tom digging Kim Basinger from the grave, dressing her like a bride, havin one last supper, then he takes her to the sea and Kim, while sinking in the dark water, opens her eyes.... the best videoclip I've ever seen!!!
by hghhf on 12/3/2008 4:45pm
the song isnt about drugs

by whoknows on 12/11/2008 12:22pm
i've always loved this song.
it's incredible.
by CJ on 12/15/2008 6:36pm
I LOVE THIS SONG!
by Sean on 12/31/2008 5:50am
If you don't know that this song is a metaphor for marijuana then you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about Tom Petty... at all.
by Brad on 1/4/2009 12:53pm
Its not about drugs its about being in love losing it and getting fed up of the same old shit that this town has to offer..

Tom petty is very good

Brad, Ipswich, England
by Abby on 1/8/2009 10:26pm
I love this song.
It's one of my favorites from Tom Petty.
Everytime I hear it, I sing along.
It's a very catchy tune.

Pretty damn good if you ask me.
=]
by mj on 1/19/2009 4:44pm
It's about weed! he gets bored, then he does drugs. its called MARY JANE
by Rocky on 1/31/2009 1:55pm
ok the song is not about drugs, its about weed, weed is a plant. also the moron who said hotel california is about drugs should get slaped cuz hotel california is about a whore house.
by Dave on 2/1/2009 8:04pm
Hotel California is about addiction...
This song I'm less sure but there's that line at the end that's all "hit my last number and walk to the road". That seems like a drug reference to me, aside from the obvious mary jane one. Either way its a kickass song
by beeeeeeeth on 2/2/2009 10:31pm
dude. fucken cool man
by beavis on 2/22/2009 12:16pm
This song is so cool I love it I listen to it every morning.
by Howey Mustov Feldersnatch on 2/25/2009 1:09am
this song inspires me to smoke marijuana.....there i said it.
by kelsey on 2/26/2009 7:19pm
He uses his physical description of mary jane to cover up what the song is really about...marijuana. duhh. it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. "one last chance to ease the pain" come on guys. "I'm tired of screwin' up, tired of going down,
Tired of myself, tired of this town." Hell he might even be saying how he's bored with it and quitting.
by sarahmichelle:D on 2/27/2009 2:40am
hahaha to everyone that says this isn't about drugs is right.
it's about marijuana.
big difference.
lol:)

i love this song:)
such a catchy beat and good lyrics...
beautifully written:)
by Shawna Gault on 3/23/2009 6:04pm
Hey if anyone wants to text my number is (814)366-0253
by MeAndMySixString on 4/17/2009 8:36pm
this song is definately about sweet marijuana which is a drug like it or not, just not quite as harsh as some other ones haha and yes this song is fucking boss!!! i have a whole soundtrack of these songs like pink floyd comfortably numb and many others i don't feel like naming that i wish would just play 24/7 in my head haha!
by Shels on 5/8/2009 2:52pm
Why the arguing? The whole beauty of the song is that it can have several connotations-weed AND a girl-maybe his relationship with her was like his "relationship" with weed.
def my favorite song in the whole free world!:)
by Sami-jizzO on 5/13/2009 2:26pm
Tom Petty is the SHIT!! And this song has gotten me through some pretty rough times, thank you Mary Jane!! and THANK GOD for Tom Petty!!
by Anna on 7/4/2009 5:10pm
I love this song because I'm a girl and I live in Indiana. And besides that its just a really great song. I see where everybody says its about drugs, but i dont like to think of it that way, if you do thats how you want to and will interpret it. I say just enjoy the music and stop fighting about it. But then again thats what i think.
by - on 7/18/2009 12:53pm
It's about addiction; however you want to look at it. Petty chose the analogy of a fruitless/dead-end relationship that he can't seem to get out of (paired, obviously, with the marijuana connotations). It may make you want to smoke, or make you miss your girlfriend; either way, however, you are missing the point.
by Brian on 8/12/2009 4:22pm
Oh my my this is the best song
by Pandora on 8/26/2009 9:44am
Lmao. Geez people, what is with the arguing? It's a great song and like all great art it is open for interpretation. Now stop fighting!
by Could Be Wrong on 9/6/2009 9:28pm
I always thought this song was about suicide. I mean Mary Jane is supposed to be like a double entandre. One, a depressed young girl and also his release.
by Sarah on 11/18/2009 8:19pm
Whether or not this is about marijuana, Mary Jane is a NAME and isn't necessarily referring to pot...Interpret it however you please, it's an amazing song none-the-less.
by berto on 1/9/2010 12:31pm
song makes me happy to live in indiana, and smoke weeeed!
by Chris on 1/18/2010 10:24pm
So I don't think this song is just about weed, and I don't think it's just about a girl, when I listen to it I think it's Like when I went through a breakup, I smoked up (not a pothead, just enjoy it on a rare occasion) to try and numb the pain. Thus it's one more time to smoke up to kill the pain you feel about a girl.
by dean on 2/2/2010 10:40pm
Yes, we all know, Tom Petty is baked. Alot. And while this song might be a double meaning, last time i checked weed didn't wear underwear or put on a party dress. It's still a great song though one of the best verse of all time.
by ash on 4/22/2010 5:01pm
i love this song. when it comes to the meaning... i see it from both sides. in a drug form and in the eyes of it being about a women and a man.
by chris on 5/23/2010 8:39pm
amazing song
it's not all by weed
=)
by Mack on 7/15/2010 9:57am
Great song! I have it on my iPod and Phone!
by joeyboy on 9/2/2010 3:20am
its an experience in indiana of a troubled girl.. thats just it..
by Ted on 1/2/2011 9:23pm
I think this song can carry a double meaning, and it's up to you to decide for yourself what it's about. You can interpret it as a drug song, or a song about a lost girlfriend. I prefer the second meaning, myself.

There's the marijuana connotations, but it can also be about a girl.
by pedroyeva on 2/11/2011 2:51pm
Gran cancionTom , podemos mover el mundo con nuestros dedos sin salir del salon de casa,canciones como estas hacen que cada dia sea un poco ms feliz en medio de tanta tristeza. Gracias por tu musica y por tu entrega tan altruista.
by jj on 8/28/2011 8:26am
k obviously u can take it as either meaning but its about weed no doubt no matter if theres the girl part theres definatley the weed interpretation cuz if someone says take my last number and hit the road they dont mean take a legit # lol comon guys its plain as day!!
by world of warcraft rocker on 9/21/2011 12:09pm
i love this song almost as much as i love w-o-w not but it is a good song
by world of warcraft rocker on 9/21/2011 12:17pm
i love this song as much as i love playing world of warcraft
by Ren on 10/18/2011 1:44pm
My favorite song of Tom Petty
by Sandy on 11/30/2011 11:56am
Best damn song from Tom Petty. I love the words and the tune.
by Oscar on 2/18/2012 9:24am
Actually it is about nercophillia
by denver Madison on 1/4/2014 4:00am
I think its about last time smoking weed like one more time to kill the pain the plant grew up tall and at age 18 is when they started smoking her and eventually they ran out of plant or decided to stop
by Sam on 1/8/2014 10:20pm
First, Mary Jane isn't about weed (which is not a drug, it is a medicinal/recreational plant)although it does make references to it, but that's because Tom Petty wrote it. This song is about making the same choices over and over again and not getting anywhere even when you try to change.
Secondly, Hotel California isn't about drugs OR a whore a house. Its about being stuck inside a mental institution.


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