Don't Come Around Here No More

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"Don't Come Around Here No More"
Single by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
from the album Southern Accents
B-side "Trailer"
Released February 28, 1985
Format 7"
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop rock, new wave, psychedelic rock
Length 5:07
Label MCA
Writer(s) Tom Petty, David A. Stewart
Producer(s) Tom Petty, David A. Stewart, Jimmy Iovine
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers singles chronology
"Change of Heart"
"Don't Come Around Here No More"

"Don't Come Around Here No More" is a song written by Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and David A. Stewart of Eurythmics. It was released in February 1985 as the lead single from the band's Southern Accents album.

Background and writing[edit]

The original inspiration was a romantic encounter that Stewart had with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac.[1] On The Howard Stern Show, Dave Stewart explained that the title's phrase was actually uttered by Nicks. She had broken up with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh the night before,[2] and invited Stewart to her place for a party after an early Eurythmics show in Los Angeles. Stewart did not know who she was at the time, but went anyway. When the partygoers all disappeared to a bathroom for a couple of hours to snort cocaine, he decided to go upstairs to bed. He woke up at 5am to find Nicks in his room trying on Victorian clothing and described the entire scenario as very much reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. Later that morning, she told Walsh, "Don't come around here no more."

Music video[edit]

The music video is themed around Alice in Wonderland and was directed by Jeff Stein. Dave Stewart appears as the caterpillar at the beginning, sitting on a mushroom with a hookah water pipe while playing a sitar. Petty appears in the video dressed as The Mad Hatter, and actress Wish Foley played Alice. At the end of the video, Alice, who has been turned into a cake, is eaten by Petty and even friends of her own, after which she wakes up from her dream.


The Heartbreakers[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • David A. Stewart - electric sitar, synthesizer, vocals
  • Dean Garcia - intro bass guitar
  • Daniel Rothmuller - cello
  • Marilyn Martin - backing vocals
  • Stephanie Sprull - backing vocals
  • Sharon Celani - backing vocals
  • Alan "Bugs" Weidel - wild dog piano

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Canadian Top 100 Singles (RPM)[3] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 42
UK Singles Chart 50
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 13
US Album Rock Tracks (Billboard) 2

Cover versions[edit]

Susanna of Susanna and the Magical Orchestra gives the song a low-key, piano-based cover on her 2008 album Flower of Evil. British indie pop singer-songwriter Diana Vickers covered the song as a promotional track ahead of the release of her second album. The song was parodied[6] by Bob Rivers.


  1. ^ Don't Come Around Here No More Songfacts
  2. ^ Conversations With Tom Petty, 2005
  3. ^ Top Singles - Volume 42, No. 11, May 25 1985. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  4. ^ " – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Don't Come Around Here No More". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Tom Petty – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Tom Petty. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Don't Bum Around Here no More