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Iona’s Song of the Week - No 11




This week's "Song of the Week" is prompted by a gig we went to last night in Kinross. The band are a tribute band, and I first encountered the original band back in 1976 when I bought their debut album.

I subsequently followed their career until the death in 2017 of the 'Main Man', and this choice is my favourite song of theirs.

The band in question are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the song is from their triple platinum 1979 album "Damn the Torpedoes". The album was also listed 313 on Rolling Stones magazine's 2003 “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list and upgraded to 231 in their revised 2020 list!

I have always liked this lyric from the song; it really painted a graphic picture for me!:


"Well, I never will get over this English refugee

Singing to the jukebox in some all-night beanery

Yeah, he was eating pills like candy, chasing them with tea

You should have seen him lick his lips, that old black muddied beak."


And so I hope you enjoy this week's pick: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing "Louisiana Rain."


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