Here Comes My Girl
|"Here Comes My Girl"|
|Single by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers|
|from the album Damn the Torpedoes|
|Released||April 7, 1980|
|Format||7", 12" single|
|Songwriter(s)||Tom Petty, Mike Campbell|
|Producer(s)||Tom Petty, Jimmy Iovine|
|Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers singles chronology|
"Here Comes My Girl" is a song written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, and recorded by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, their third single from their breakthrough hit 1979 album, Damn the Torpedoes. It peaked at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on May 24, 1980.
It's very similar to "Refugee" - those two were written the same week. I made some demos and Tom liked those two. "Here Comes My Girl" was interesting because we had the chorus and Tom wasn't sure how to do the verse, he kept trying to sing it different ways and he finally came across sort of half-talking it, and that's when the song seemed to come to life.
Petty remembers Campbell's chords and tune on a cassette tape, and struggling with the lyrics. Bassist Ron Blair told Petty that what he had was a "really good piece of music." Petty learned to use narration in the verses, similar to Blondie or The Shangri-Las. Petty said the chorus was inspired by The Byrds.
The music video was directed by John Goodhue and was released in April 1980.
- Tom Petty – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Mike Campbell – lead guitar
- Ron Blair – bass guitar
- Benmont Tench – piano, organ
- Stan Lynch – drums, backing vocals
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||82|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||41|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||59|
- In 2009, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs covered the song for their cover album, Under the Covers, Vol. 2.
- In 2011, Relient K covered the song for their cover album, Is for Karaoke.
- Joel Whitburn, Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles: 1955-2010, Record Research, 2011.
- "Mike Campbell". Songfacts. Retrieved January 22, 2018.