Learning to Fly (Tom Petty song)

Learning to Fly (Tom Petty song)

"Learning To Fly" is a popular track by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was written in 1991 by Tom Petty and his writing partner Jeff Lynne for the album "Into The Great Wide Open". It was used on the Chicago Bulls' 1991 NBA championship video and featured on the soundtrack of the 2005 film "Elizabethtown", directed by Cameron CroweFact|article|date=September 2007.

"Learning to Fly" was released as the first single of the "Into the Great Wide Open" album, and reached #28 on the US Billboard Chart.

Though the entire song is based on only four simple chords, (A minor, C, F, and G), it is considered to have a unique structure and sound, making it a top hit for Petty.


It has been confirmed through interviews with Tom Petty that he was spurred to write "Learning To Fly" when he saw an interview with a pilot on televisionFact|article|date=September 2007. The pilot mentioned that it was not hard to learn to fly, but coming down is fairly challenging. This does not necessarily mean that the song's meaning is about the actual act of flying, as the music video suggests the song is about growing up.

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