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I Won't Back Down

The Tom Petty Project

12-07-2023 • 21 mins

As it does with so many people, this song resonates with me in many different ways and has become part of my general outlook on life. For me, it’s less a combative thing and more about holding firm to certain principles. Loyalty. Decency. Humility. All big words and and big ideas generally, but they are important and they’re important to me. Maybe this is not a unique association that I’m making, but it’s one I feel keenly and one that I think is expressed more concisely than in any other song I’ve ever heard.

Listen to the song here:

Check out Lucinda Williams' version here:

Go watch Barnyard! But also, listen to Sam Elliott's version here:

If you wanna check out any of the podcasts I mentioned in the intro, you can find them here:

And The Podcast Will Rock:

Back Tracks: Aerosmith:

Back Tracks: Theme Music:

Honest and Unmerciful:

SeanGeek and FastFret:

The Misty Music Podcast:


Booked on Rock:

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All music, including the theme song, provided by my very best friend Randy Woods. Check him out at

Logo provided Ed Booth, who you can find here:

A last very special thanks to Paul Zollo. Without his book, Conversations with Tom Petty, this podcast wouldn't be nearly as much fun to research.

The Tom Petty Project is not affiliated with the Tom Petty estate in any way.

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