Meaning of “Don’t Come Around Here No More” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Don’t Come Around Here No More is a song performed by the American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The song was inspired by a brief romantic affair between the song’s co-writer English musician and music producer David A. Stewart of the British music duo Eurythmics and the noted American singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame.
A day after Nicks ended her relationship with guitarist Joe Walsh of the Eagles, she hosted a party at her Los Angeles home. Stewart was one of the guests she invited to the party. According to Stewart, as of that time, he didn’t know who Nicks was but attended the party all the same. And by the end of the party, he and Nicks had had a romantic encounter. Later the following morning, Nicks’ former boyfriend Walsh came to her house. Stewart, who was at that time still inside Nicks’ house, heard her kick him out of the house and tell him to never come to her place again. In an interview with the popular American talk show host Howard Stern on his radio show The Howard Stern Show, Stewart said the song’s title “Don’t Come Around Here No More” were the exact words Nicks told Walsh as she kicked him out of her house.
Facts about “Don’t Come Around Here No More”
- The song was written by David A. Stewart and Tom Petty the lead singer and guitar player of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The pair produced the song along with American record producer Jimmy Iovine, who is best known for being one of the founders of Interscope Records.
- Singer Marilyn Martin, who is best known for her duet with Phil Collins on the hit song Separate Lives, sang backing vocals on the song.
- Don’t Come Around Here No More was released on 28th February, 1985 as the first single from the band’s sixth album titled Southern Accents.
- The music video of the song was inspired by the 1865 fantasy novel Alice in Wonderland.
- The song peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 50 on the UK Singles Chart.