Tom Petty – Yer So Bad … Full Moon Fever Week

My sister got lucky, married a yuppie
Took him for all he was worth

As soon as I heard those two lines I knew I was going to like the song.

Tom Petty had gotten to know Lynne through George Harrison, who brought the Electric Light Orchestra leader to produce Harrison’s 1987 comeback LP Cloud Nine. That led to the three artists taking part in the Traveling Wilburys supergroup. One day, Petty played “Yer So Bad”; he had all the words down but was stuck on the music for the chorus.

“Jeff showed me this little part,” Petty recalled. “E minor to C, and said, ‘You could do this.’ And I said, ‘That’s great!’ And I was so elated, because I had been working on the song for days, and I couldn’t get from the verse to the chorus somehow. And he showed me this little bit, and I said, ‘Great! Will you produce this?'”

Petty wanted Howie Epstein (bass player for the Heartbreakers) to help on the harmonies but Howie said he didn’t like the song so Petty told him he didn’t need him then. That is when he knew it was going to be a solo album.

This was the last fifth single released from the album. Yer So Bad peaked at #5 in the Billboard Album Rock Tracks and #44 in Canada in 1990.

Yer So Bad

My sister got lucky, married a yuppie
Took him for all he was worth
Now she’s a swinger dating a singer
I can’t decide which is worse[Chorus:]
But not me baby, I’ve got you to save me
Oh yer so bad, best thing I ever had
In a world gone mad, yer so badMy sister’s ex-husband can’t get no lovin’
Walks around dog-faced and hurt
Now he’s got nothin’, head in the oven
I can’t decide which is worse


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

26 thoughts on “Tom Petty – Yer So Bad … Full Moon Fever Week”

  1. Two of my friends were sharing an apartment together, till one day my friend was looking for something and he discovered a blow up doll in the other guy’s bedroom closet and then he said that he had to move out.


  2. Lyrics remind me of his character in ‘King of the Hill’,when he explains why he’s called “Lucky” and it’s because he slipped on pee in a “Mega-lo-mart” and bust his back up and has been living off insurance since.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Oh yes…I remember that! I’ll be over to your home blog soon…I didn’t forget…just busy working calls.


    1. The first time I heard him really lay alot of ELO on a recording is Dave Edmunds “Slipping Away” It’s relaly obvious.


      1. He is a good songwriter…he knows a hook. He is also good at laying voices. I dont’ like when he puts too much slickness to it.


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