Petty’s American Girl. Suicide? Or Ridgement high?

American Girl has always been one of my favorite Tom Petty songs. It’s from his first album. I have puzzled about this song on a couple of different fronts… Is it about suicide? And is it in the movie “Fast Times at Ridgmont High”?

Cover of
Cover via Amazon

Llets talk a little about the Suicide theory first..  It goes something like this:

Hey Dave.. I went to the University of Florida… This chick..She jumped out of a 4 story dorm to her death… Ya know, Tom Petty wrote a song about it.. “American girl” I think she was tripping on acid and thought she could fly…

Well how about all that? Hmmm?

Check the lyrics:

Well, she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn’t help thinkin’
That there was a little more to life somewhere else
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to
And if she had to die tryin’
She had one little promise she was gonna keep Continue reading “Petty’s American Girl. Suicide? Or Ridgement high?”