Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around




"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" is a song recorded by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and released as the first single from Nicks' debut solo album Bella Donna (1981). The track is the album's only song that was neither written nor co-written by Nicks.


Written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell as a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song, Jimmy Iovine, who was also working for Stevie Nicks at the time, arranged for her to sing on it. Petty sang with Nicks in the chorus and bridge, while his entire band (save Ron Blair, whose bass track was played by Donald "Duck" Dunn instead) played on the song.


A performance of the song in the studio was used as the promotional video. The video was the 25th video to be played on MTV's launch date on August 1, 1981. Petty and Nicks also sang together on the songs "Insider" (from Petty's album Hard Promises (1981)) and "I Will Run to You" (from Nicks's album The Wild Heart (1983)), and frequently performed impromptu live versions of these and 1960s classic "Needles and Pins" in many shows through the 1980s.


As of 2017, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" remains a mainstay of Stevie Nicks's solo performances, and on July 9, 2017, Nicks performed the song together with Petty and the Heartbreakers at the British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park in London, in what turned out to be their final performance of the song together before Petty's death in October 2017.






Lyrics


Baby, you come knocking on my front door Same old line you used to use before I said yeah, well, what am I supposed to do I didn't know what I was getting into So you've had a little trouble in town Now you're keeping some demons down Stop draggin' my Stop draggin' my Stop draggin' my heart around It's hard to think about what you've wanted It's hard to think about what you've lost This doesn't have to be the big get even This doesn't have to be anything at all (I know you really want to tell me good-bye) (I know you really want to be your own girl) Baby, you could never look me in the eye Yeah, you buckle with the weight of the words Stop draggin' my Stop draggin' my Stop draggin' my heart around There's people running 'round loose in the world Ain't got nothin' better to do Make a meal of some bright-eyed kid You need someone looking after you (I know you really want to tell me goodbye) (I know you really want to be your own girl) Baby, you could never look me in the eye Yeah, you buckle with the weight of the words Stop draggin' my Stop draggin' my Stop draggin' my heart around Stop draggin' my heart around Stop draggin' my heart around Stop draggin' my heart around Stop draggin' my heart around