Fans of Tom Petty received a special treat this week when his daughter Adria Petty premiered a demo version of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” from his 1994 album, Wildflowers. The previously unheard demo debuted on SiriusXM‘s Tom Petty Radio channel and will see inclusion on the Wildflowers: All The Rest project due out later this year.
While it was only a demo, this 8-track recording of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” sounds fully fleshed out with very few differences between it and the official studio release. This version hears Petty performing all of the instrumentation and includes an altered second verse. Instead of the lyrics that appear in the final version, “People come, people go/Some grow young, some grow cold/I woke up in between/A memory and a dream”, Petty sings “I’m so tired of being tired/Sure as night will follow day/Most things I worry about/Never happen anyway.” The scrapped lyrics found a place in a different track on the album, however, in the second verse of “Crawling Back to You”.
“I thought, ‘What a weird song to pick as the single, of all those songs,'” Adria Petty told Rolling Stone in an interview on Friday. “They had an album of amazing songs. But there’s something about it that makes you feel at ease—like you belong. The idea of ‘you don’t know how it feels to be me’—people can identify with that feeling. And ‘roll another joint’ is saying, ‘Tune out the noise for a second because there’s so much of it.’ And that felt appropriate now.”
Listen to the demo version of Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels” with this official lyric video, below.
Tom Petty – “You Don’t Know How It Feels” (Home Recording)
Though Adria Petty gave little detail on the forthcoming Wildflowers: All The Rest project, she did confirm that it would include both demo versions of final album tracks as well as unreleased songs that were initially written for the record. The estate has not set a release date. Head to Tom Petty’s website for the latest information.
[H/T Rolling Stone]