Song of the Day #1,419: ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Best Albums of the 70s – #12
Damn the Torpedoes – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1979)

Few artists can put out an album on which every song sounds like a billboard hit (whether it was or not). Tom Petty has done it twice.

I ranked his Full Moon Fever high on my 80s list, but a decade earlier he pulled off the same feat on Damn the Torpedoes, his third album with The Heartbreakers.

Torpedoes features the quintessential Petty classic rock sound and contains a laundry list of memorable tracks: ‘Refugee,’ ‘Even the Losers,’ ‘Here Comes My Girl,’ ‘What Are You Doing in My Life?’ and today’s SOTD, to name a few.

This isn’t a deep album. It didn’t push any boundaries or introduce any new sounds or techniques to the musical world. It’s just a straight-up brilliant rock-n-roll album that jump starts your head, heart and gut. It’s a night on the town the Friday after a tough week at work.

I was talkin’ with a friend of mine,
He said a woman had hurt his pride,
She told him that she loved him so and
Then turned around and let him go.
Then he said, “You better watch your step
Or you’re gonna get hurt yourself.
Someone’s gonna tell you lies and
Cut you down to size.”

Don’t do me like that. Don’t do me like that.
I just might love you baby.
Don’t do me like that. Don’t do me like that.
Don’t do me like that.
Someday I might need you honey
Don’t do me like that.

Listen honey, can’t you see? Baby, it would bury me
If you were in the public eye givin’ someone else a try.
So you know you better watch your step
Or you’re gonna get hurt yourself.
Someone’s gonna tell you lies,
Cut you down to size.

Don’t do me like that. Don’t do me like that.
I just might love you baby.
Don’t do me like that. Don’t do me like that.
Someday I might need you honey
Don’t do me like that. Somewhere deep down inside,
Somethin’ sayin,’ “Love doesn’t last that long.”

I’ve had this feelin’ inside night out and day in,
Baby, I can’t take it no more.

Listen honey, can’t you see? Baby, it would bury me
If you were in the public eye givin’ someone else a try.
So you know you better watch your step
Or you’re gonna get hurt yourself.
Someone’s gonna tell you lies,
Cut you down to size.

Don’t do me like that. Don’t do me like that.
I just might love you baby
Don’t do me like that. Don’t do me like that.
Someday I might need you, honey. Don’t do me like that.

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,419: ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

  1. Dana says:

    This album is indeed chock full of hits and really good songs. As much as I like this album, though, Petty really took it to another level with Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers.

  2. Amy says:

    This album sort of epitomizes to me what is best about the 70’s, though I’m not even exactly sure why that is. Still, I imagine it would sit high on a decade best list for that vague reason :)

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