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“Inspiration is never really very far away if you look for it. It’s all around you, you know…. When a song comes, it’s kind of magical. You know you’re picking up some kind of signal.”
Tom Petty
Interview with Charlie Rose in 1999

Here’s how Petty said he wrote the song Wildflowers:

“I just took a deep breath and it came out. The whole song. Stream of consciousness: words, music, chords. Finished it. I mean, I just played it into a tape recorder and I played the whole song and I never played it again. I actually only spent three and a half minutes on that whole song. So I’d come back for days playing that tape, thinking there must be something wrong here because this just came too easy. And then I realized that there’s probably nothing wrong at all.”
Tom Petty (Not sure where the quote originally came from)

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You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down
I Won’t Back Down written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lyne

I wrote [I Won’t Back Down] with Jeff Lynne. We wrote it in the studio while we were mixing another song. And it came very quickly. And I was actually worried about it. I thought that it was maybe just too direct. You know, I thought, well, there isn’t really anything to hide behind here, you know? It’s very bold and very blunt. There’s not a lot of metaphor or any – you know, anywhere to go. But I was encouraged by Jeff that, you know, no. It’s really good. You should record this and go ahead with it. And it’s turned out to be maybe, you know, the one song that’s had the most influence on people that approach me on the street or talk to me in a restaurant or wherever I go or mail that I’ve gotten over the years. It’s been really important to a lot of people in their lives. And I’m glad I wrote it. And I’m kind of proud of it these days. And I was very, very proud when Johnny Cash did it.”
Tom Petty
NPR/Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross

Scott W. Smith

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