How Tom Petty’s Mistook California Ocean Sounds To Create An Iconic Lyric

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “American Girl” helped launch the band into the rock ‘n’ roll stratosphere. But one iconic lyric may have been misinterpreted after all these years.

Today’s Rock & Roll Reality Check looks at the true story behind some of the lyrics in Tom Petty’s “American Girl”.


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