American Girl
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty 1976 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers LP

Well she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn't help thinkin' that there
Was a little more to life
Somewhere else

Peak Chart Position
  • the song was released as a single, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100
  • peaked at No. 40 on the UK Singles chart in 1977
  • peaked at No. 109 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in 1994
  • from the album Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976)
  • on the record:
         Tom Petty- lead vocals, rhythm guitar
         Mike Campbell- lead guitar, rhythm guitar
         Benmont Tench- piano, Hammond organ
         Ron Blair- bass guitar
         Stan Lynch- drums
         Phil Seymour- backing vocals
         Dwight Twilley- backing vocals
  • written by Tom Petty
  • produced by Denny Cordell
  • recorded at Shelter Studio, Hollywood, CA
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