A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 280: Saturday Life Quote – Tom Petty

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I fell for Tom Petty pretty hard back in the late ’80’s. That was back before “Bromance” was invented so I had no word for it. Mostly we just labelled things “AWWESUUM” in the ’80’s so maybe that’s how I described seeing him in concert. I had bought tickets in order to see my icon of icons, Bob Dylan, at the one and only Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. It just so happens that Dylan was touring with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as his back-up band. However, just as he did when the Band was his back-up band, the Heartbreakers were given an entire set on their own. It was then that I was blown away by Petty the performer, the showman, the authentic rock-n-rolla who communicated in a simple, funny and friendly style that was infectious and, yes, awesome.

So much has been written in tribute to this late, great artist over the last few days. But something that struck me as so beautiful and profound was a CBC story about a Canadian Cree musician who had recorded Tom Petty’s song “Wildflowers” in the Cree language for an album of cover songs. The link to the article is below:

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/indigenous/tom-petty-cree-cover-1.4327630

As tribute to Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr., here is Art Napoleon and his Cree cover of “Wildflowers”. Below that, if you don’t speak Cree like me, are the lyrics to this beautiful, simple ballad from one of the most under-rated songwriters in Rock. Something tells me that Tom loved this version of his song.

Wildflowers by Tom Petty

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free
Run away, find you a lover
Go away somewhere all bright and new
I have seen no other
Who compares with you
You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
You belong with your love on your arm
You belong somewhere you feel free
Run away, go find a lover
Run away, let your heart be your guide
You deserve the deepest of cover
You belong in that home by and by
You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worries
You belong somewhere you feel free
You belong somewhere you feel free