Tom Petty / Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Here Comes My Girl

Composed by Mike Campbell / Tom Petty

Song Review by

A true standout in the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers catalog, "Here Comes My Girl" has aged possibly better than any other work from the late '70s. Built on a melodic combination of hard R&B and Byrds-inspired folk, the song rises and falls with an undeniable grace and power. The verses, which are based on a simple, two-chord pattern, find Petty as more of a narrator rather than a singer, putting all of his doubts and fears in the hands of true love. This is all told in a combination of toughness and vulnerability that is truly beguiling. A rightful inclusion on the Through the Years anthology as well as the Playback box set, this song is indeed one of Petty's evergreens.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Damn the Torpedoes 1979 Geffen / Polydor
No Image 1984 MCA
No Image 1992 BMG Video / Media Frem
Greatest Hits 1993 Geffen
Playback 1995 MCA 4:25
Playback [Video/DVD] 1995 MCA
Damn the Torpedoes/Southern Accents/Into the Great Wide Open 1999 MCA 4:27
Anthology: Through the Years 2000 Interscope / MCA 4:24
Damn the Torpedoes/Southern Accents/Hard Promises 2003 Universal International 4:26
The Live Anthology 2009 Universal 4:52
5 Classic Albums 2012 Geffen / Universal 4:26
blue highlight denotes editor's pick