"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. Though the entire song is based on only four simple chords, (F, C, A minor, and G), it has 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 television. 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.
"Learning to Fly" was released as the first single from Into the Great Wide Open and reached #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also became his most successful single on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, reaching the top of the chart and remaining at the summit for six weeks. "Learning to Fly" earliest charting was in the United Kingdom, debuting at #65 on June 29. The next week it rose to #46, and stayed on the UK chart for two more weeks before...