Mary Jane’s Last Dance chords by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

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Mary Jane’s Last Dance | Chords + Lyrics


||: Am G | (Dsus2) D Am |
| Am7 G | (Dsus2) D Am :||

Verse 1

||: Am G | (Dsus2) D Am :||
She grew up in an Indiana town,
had a good-lookin’ mama who never was around.
But she grew up tall and she grew up right,
with them Indiana boys on an Indiana night.

Instrumental 1

| Am G | (Dsus2) D Am |
Woo oh-oh-ooh.
| Am7 G | (Dsus2) D Am |
Woo oh-oh-ooh.

Verse 2

||: Am G | (Dsus2) D Am :||
Well, she moved down here at the age of eighteen,
she blew the boys away, it was more than they’d seen.
I was introduced and we both started groovin’,
she said, “I dig you, baby, but I got to keep movin’.

Instrumental 2

| Am7 G | (Dsus2) D Am |
On, keep movin’ on
| Am G | (Dsus2) D Am |

Chorus 1

| Em | Em7 | A (A6) | A (A6) |
Last dance with Mary Jane, one more time to kill the pain.
| Em | Em7 | A (A6) | G |
I feel summer creepin’ in and I’m tired of this town again.

Instrumental 3

| Am G | (Dsus2) D Am |
Woo oh-oh-ooh.
| Am7 G | (Dsus2) D Am |
Woo oh-oh-ooh.

Verse 3

||: Am G | (Dsus2) D Am :||
Well, I don’t know but I’ve been told,
you never slow down, you never grow old.
I’m tired of screwing up, tired of goin’ down,
tired of myself, tired of this town.
Oh, my, my, oh, hell yes,
honey, put on that party dress.
Buy me a drink, sing me a song,
take me as I come ’cause I can’t stay long.

Chorus 2

| Em | Em7 | A (A6) | A (A6) |
Last dance with Mary Jane, one more time to kill the pain.
| Em | Em7 | A (A6) | G |
I feel summer creepin’ in and I’m tired of this town again.


||: Am G | (Dsus2) D Am |
| Am7 G | (Dsus2) D Am :||

Verse 4

||: Am G | (Dsus2) D Am :||
There’s pigeons down on Market Square,
she’s standin’ in her underwear.
Lookin’ down from a hotel room,
the nightfall will be comin’ soon.
Oh, my, my, oh, hell yes,
you’ve got to put on that party dress.
It was too cold to cry when I woke up alone,
I hit the last number, I walked to the road.

Chorus 3

| Em | Em7 | A (A6) | A (A6) |
Last dance with Mary Jane, one more time to kill the pain.
| Em | Em7 | A (A6) | G |
I feel summer creepin’ in and I’m tired of this town again.


||: Am G | (Dsus2) D Am |
| Am7 G | (Dsus2) D Am :|| to fade

Mary Jane’s Last Dance Chords: Learn the progressions

Mary Jane's Last Dance guitar lesson + TAB

To play along with the original recording, you need to tune your guitar up 10 Hz from 440. Use my online guitar tuner to achieve this, and set it to 450 Hz.

As the chords are simple open-position chords, you could just play along. After all, the verse chords are just II – I – V on repeat in the key of G, like this:

||: Am (II) G (I) | (Dsus2) D (V) Am :||

The chorus is in the key of D, moving II – V, and then finishing on IV, like this:

| Em (II) | Em7 | A (V) (A6) | A (A6) |
| Em | Em7 | A (A6) | G (IV) |

Using two neighbouring keys like G and D (only one note change, C to C#) is common, it gives a tune tension.

After playing Mary Jane’s Last Dance chords for a while, you’ll realize that there are two guitars and that Tom Petty and Mike Campbell are no rookies at crafting seemingly simple guitar parts.

If you want to get better at writing guitar parts for hits, I find it difficult to recommend anyone better than Tom and Mike to study. Maybe Angus and Malcolm as well but that’s about it.

However, most likely you’ll be the only guitarist in a band and then another skill is necessary to develop; how to combine two great parts into one.

Members get TAB for how I would suggest you combine what Tom and Mike play into one guitar part that works in a band, here’s a preview of the first half of the riff.

Mary Jane's Last Dance chords and TAB first half

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

Mary Jane’s Last Dance was Tom Petty’s last big hit!

When Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers released their Greatest Hits album, where we find Mary Jane’s Last Dance as the only new tune, it was 1993 and they had briefly united.

As a band, this was their last big tune and incidentally one of my absolute favourites.

Following the Greatest Hits, Tom set out to make his second solo album, Wildflowers (1994), by many seen as his ultimate masterpiece (including myself).

However, Wildflowers didn’t have any obvious radio hits like we’ve gotten used to during the ’80s and early ’90s.

After Wildflowers, he would continue to release more albums and even though they are sonic masterpieces and there are several really cool tunes, Mary Jane’s Last Dance really was his and the band’s last big hit.

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