The Tom Petty Project

30-11-2022 • 25 mins

"I suspect that it’s the last verse that is appropriated by Confederate sympathizers and used out of context of the rest of the song. The last three lines of this verse though are sheer poetry of the very highest calibre. “I can still feel the eyes of those blue-bellied devil. Yeah when I’m walking ‘round at night through the concrete and metal” And all over the world, there are parochial attitudes like this that like to churn up simmering resentment and use it justify all manner of behaviours."

Check out the song here:

Here's the alternate version, from the "An American Treasure" compilation;

I talked about a live version fro 2014 and you can find that here;

And lastly, if you want to hear Tom and Mike Campbell play with JJ Cale, you really should check this out!

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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:

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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.

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