While driving and enjoying a little Tom Petty yesterday it dawned on me how similar part of “Freefallin'” is to a part of a Belle and Sebastian song “Judy and the Dream of Horses”.
Exhibit A: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Freefallin'”
The third verse includes:
“And all the bad boys, are standing in the shadows
All the good girls, are home with broken hearts”
Exhibit B: Belle and Sebastian, “Judy and the Dream of Horses”
The fourth verse includes:
“the best looking boys are taken
the best looking boys* are staying inside”
*(i could have sworn it was girls, but their official site says boys. I wouldn’t be surprised if they change it a lot.)
Now obviously Tom Petty’s classic was written a lot earlier than the Belle and Sebastian tune. It was the opening track on his 1989 solo album (his first). Judy and the Dream of Horses was on Belle and Sebastian’s 1996 album If You’re Feeling Sinister.
There’s also the horse similarity. Judy and the Dream of Horses; and Tom Petty’s girl loves horses.
If I didn’t know any better I’d say that Stuart Murdoch was inspired by Tom Petty. Luckily to good results.