Song of the Day #4,090: ‘Restless’ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ sophomore album, You’re Gonna Get It!, was released in 1978, between the band’s 1976 debut album and 1979’s classic Damn the Torpedoes.

As such, it suffers a bit from middle child syndrome, and was received rather tepidly by critics. It produced two singles, ‘Listen to Her Heart‘ and ‘I Need to Know.’

Today’s track, ‘Restless,’ would have made a fine single itself. I like it better than either of the actual singles. Great sound, great vocal. The man is sorely missed.

I don’t need to belong to no one
I don’t belong at all
Got my face in the corner
Got my back to the wall

And pretty baby I’m restless, restless
Restless through and through
I’m restless restless
You look restless too

I’m a hair trigger lover
And I can’t face up to nothing
I’m impatient with the wind
But I’m waiting here for something


Restless sleep, twisted dreams
Moving targets, silent screams
Restless city, restless streets
Restless you, restless me

I’m a face out the window
I’m a black satin sheet
And I can’t stay warm
I stay out in the street


One thought on “Song of the Day #4,090: ‘Restless’ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I only know “I Need to Know” from this album.

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