Built To Last

The lyrics in Built to Last are unambiguously hopeful and quietly resilience. Perhaps it’s Tom’s last attempt to build a creative buttress around his failing marriage. Perhaps its an equal attempt to put up a wall around a band that had gone through a major friction point and were probably still unsure what direction they would be taking. The lyric feels, in some ways, like a more introspective complement to I Won’t Back Down. The sentiment is the same really, but the perspective and the forcefulness of the emotion is focused inward in this song rather than outward on I Won’t Back Down. That song tells the whole world that they’ll have to fight to beat Tom Petty, this one reassures loved ones of the same. I Won’t Back Down is a warning, We Were Built to Last is a commitment.

Today’s episode covers the final song on side two of “Into The Great Wide Open”, “Dark of the Sun”.

You can listen to the song here: https://youtu.be/mjJtzjVz8UE

You can watch the live version from the Take the Highway release here: https://youtu.be/GB0TjInoTfs

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All music, including the theme song, provided by my very best friend Randy Woods. Check him out at https://www.randywoodsband.com/

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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. And further thanks to Warren Zanes for his outstanding book “Petty, the Biography”

Producer: Kevin Brown

Executive Producer: Paul Roberts

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