Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Learning To Fly


Music video by Tom Petty performing Learning To Fly. (C) 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.




"Learning to Fly" is a song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was written in 1991 by Tom Petty and his writing partner Jeff Lynne for the album Into the Great Wide Open. The entire song is based on only four simple chords, (F, C, A minor, and G). It became a top hit for Petty and the Heartbreakers, topping the U.S. Album Rock Tracks and peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.


"Learning to Fly" was released as the first single from Into the Great Wide Open and reached #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also became his most successful single on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, reaching the top of the chart and remaining at the summit for six weeks. "Learning to Fly" earliest charting was in the United Kingdom, debuting at #65 on June 29. The next week it rose to #46, and stayed on the UK chart for two more weeks before slipping off entirely.


The song was played and was a headline for an NBA home video documentary of the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls season.





Lyrics


Well, I started out down a dirty road

Started out all alone

And the sun went down as I crossed the hill

And the town lit up, the world got still


I'm learning to fly but I ain't got wings

Coming down is the hardest thing


Well, the good old days may not return

And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn


I'm learning to fly (Learning to fly)

But I ain't got wings (Learning to fly)

Coming down (Learning to fly)

Is the hardest thing (Learning to fly)


Well, some say life will beat you down

Break your heart, steal your crown

So I've started out for God knows where

I guess I'll know when I get there


I'm learning to fly around the clouds

But what goes up (Learning to fly)

Must come down


I'm learning to fly (Learning to fly)

But I ain't got wings

Coming down is the hardest thing

I'm learning to fly (Learning to fly)

Around the clouds

But what goes up (Learning to fly)

Must come down

I'm learning to fly (Learning to fly, learning to fly)

I'm learning to fly (Learning to fly, learning to fly)

(Learning to fly, learning to fly)


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