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Refugee Lyrics

Artist: Tom Petty


We got somethin' we both know it
We don't talk too much about it
Yeah it ain't no real big secret all the same
Somehow we get around it
Listen it don't really matter to me baby
You believe what you want to believe
You see you don't have to live like a refugee

Somewhere, somehow somebody
Must have kicked you around some
Tell me why you wanna lay there
And revel in your abandon
Listen it don't make no difference to me baby
Everybody's had to fight to be free
You see you don't have to live like a refugee
Now baby you don't have to live like a refugee

Baby we ain't the first
I'm sure a lot of other lover's been burned
Right now this seems real to you
But it's one of those things
You gotta feel to be true

Somewhere, somehow somebody
Must have kicked you around some
Who knows, maybe you were kidnapped
Tied up, taken away and held for ransom
It don't really matter to me
Everybody's had to fight to be free
You see you don't have to live like a refugee
I said you don't have to live like a refugee
Comments/Interpretations
by Bobby Hill on 6/26/2008 12:29pm
this song is the bomb becouse...
1. it;s sung by Tom Petty.
2. the guy sounds stoned so it's a major pot head song man. :P
by derek on 7/6/2008 9:50am
yea man, tom petty is great!!!
by putyourendtowar on 7/15/2008 3:46am
yeh, but you don't have to live like a refugee...
by PAUL MEMOLI on 8/26/2008 7:39am
This song is used in drug rehabs...it acknowleges that some bad things may have happened to the singer, as well as the person he's singing to, and caused trauma, but says that despite this, you don't have to let it control your life. You don't have to live like a refugee!
by maggiemay on 10/27/2008 3:05pm
This song rocks
by Coloradopink on 8/1/2009 8:31pm
A refugee is someone who is fleeing from oppression - love...true love does not oppress or abuse. God is love and seeks that which is lost, if your heart has been "lost" among abuse of any kind, he is there to rescue you...just call out to him, he hears you and sees you.
by Lolzors on 8/13/2010 2:35am
"God is love and seeks that which is lost,"
Yea, and then he tells you that if you don't do what he says, he'll burn you forever.
Freedom means saving yourself.
by fast eddie on 9/7/2010 5:09pm
this song 'FUCKEN ROCKS' Tom Petty & The heartbreakers were and will always be the kings of music....
by bob on 11/30/2010 12:15pm
i louv tis song
by KY on 12/20/2010 10:32am
This song is about tom having herpes and his woman having genital warts and they both know it but don't talk about it.
by JN on 8/30/2011 6:28pm
The song is about a woman doing him wrong that's "what they know but don't talk about" and she tries to put it off on him that's why he says "belive what you wanna belive" and the "revel in your abandon" revel is like enjoyin it. Tom and his guitarist Mike Campbell are the very best at writing and music in my opinion love all their stuff
by Ramblnric on 9/3/2011 8:24pm
Its also about suffering psychological/physical abuse from childhood.... great song great lyrics
by kat on 3/1/2012 3:08am
YOU DONT have to live like a refugee ♫♪♪. I think its about fighting a feeling your having.
by vc on 3/3/2012 1:50pm
the beauty in music is that "you believe what you wanna believe". The song can mean what you want it to, it's like astrology, you can make it personal if you want to
by Refugee on 8/19/2012 10:21am
I'm 'into feeling' this tune. Thanx Tom. Music is always good for the soul.
by TunaSled on 9/26/2012 11:53pm
Petty's best song in his entire catalog, hands down. And that's saying a lot
by Al Smalling on 5/25/2014 4:19pm
Does anyone think of this as a song about a returned warrior with PTSD?


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