In a new track — and a blunt conversation — Petty won't back down when asked about a religious scandal
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 "Playing Dumb" comes up. 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."