During his hard-fought, ascendant career, Tom Petty has often been labeled as intense. The artist wouldn't disagree - and a corrosive new track called "Playing Dumb" won't change anyone's mind. Though the song didn't make the new album - it was hard to sequence with the rest of the tracks, says Petty - it will be included as a bonus cut on the accompanying vinyl release.
Petty hitches back in his seat when asked about "Playing Dumb." In the lyrics, he proposes lighting a candle "For every confession that wasn't on the level/For every man of God that lives with hidden devils."