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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Shadow Of A Doubt (Complex Kid)
Album: Damn The Torpedos
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Released: 1979
Length: 4:17
Plays (last 30 days): 2
There goes my baby
There goes my only one
I think she loves me
But she don't wanna let on

Yeah, she likes to keep me guessing
She's got me on the fence
With that little bit of mystery
She's a complex kid
And she's always been so hard to figure out
Yeah, she always likes to leave me with a shadow of a doubt

Sometimes at night, I
Wait around 'til she gets out
She don't like workin'
She says she hates her boss

But she's got me asking questions
She's got me on the fence
With that little certain something
She's a complex kid
And she's always been so hard to get around
Yeah, she always likes to leave me with a shadow of a doubt

Just a shadow of a doubt
She says it keeps me running
I'm trying to figure out
If she's leading up to something

And when she's dreaming
Sometimes she sings in French
But in the morning
She don't remember it

But she's got me thinking 'bout it
Yeah, she's got me on the fence
With that little bit of mystery
She's a complex kid
And she's always been so hard to live without
Yeah, she always likes to leave me with a shadow of a doubt

Well a shadow of a doubt
Well a shadow of a doubt
Comments (37)add comment
 meatmike wrote:
Fun exercise: sing like Tom. Always makes me smile. Thank you RP!
 
I thought I was the only one who liked to do that! Also, Dylan - fun stuff!
 RobRyan wrote:
I like a few early Petty songs, nothing in the last 20 years though. But what amazes me is that people complain like hell about Bob Dylan's voice and don't say anything about TP's nasal whining.
 
Exactly!
But make that 40 years.
White girls they're pretty funny . . . 
Sometimes they drive me mad -
Black girls just wanna get phucked all night, I just don't have that much jam.
- Jagger/Richards

brilliant segue from Town Called Malice by the Jam, Bill!...even if you clearly "cheated" with your mixer
Fun exercise: sing like Tom. Always makes me smile. Thank you RP!
Two minutes ago I said to myself, "time to log onto RP, probably playing Tom Petty."
 wenatchee wrote:

The voice is annoying . . . I move off the station often when TP is on

 
yeah, but this earlier stuff is less annoying.
Hearing this brings a great big smile to my face!  Much needed in this day and time.  Thanks, P!
TP was the first concert I ever saw, 1981, I was 13 years old... He's got so many great songs I never get tired of hearing Petty!
 scraig wrote:
Is it just me or does Tom sound like Chris Rock in this song?
 

It's just you.
One of my favorite early Petty songs.  A true Rock-N-Roll artist.
This song has the 2 best elements Petty ever put together of the "Byrds' jangle" with his singular style.

PLEASE START PLAYING IT AGAIN! 
Very nice!!
 zipper wrote:
My favorite Petty song way back when I was hell-raisin' fast-drivin' wild child.
 

yeah, what zipper said....
 peter_james_bond wrote:
This is not Opera people, it's Rock and Roll!
 
Egg-Zac-Lee!
Nice to hear one of the more obscure tracks off this album.
I love this song, and I, for one, like Tom Petty's voice.  So there.  {#Mrgreen}
 wenatchee wrote:

The voice is annoying . . . I move off the station often when TP is on

 
voice haters! {#Ass}
Is it just me or does Tom sound like Chris Rock in this song?
My favorite Petty song way back when I was hell-raisin' fast-drivin' wild child.
 coding_to_music wrote:

yep

 

Nice to see you around, CTM.  Yep, a great happy, silly track, with a sweet hook. 
 RobRyan wrote:
I like a few early Petty songs, nothing in the last 20 years though. But what amazes me is that people complain like hell about Bob Dylan's voice and don't say anything about TP's nasal whining.
 
The voice is annoying . . . I move off the station often when TP is on

 CCinSB wrote:

 
yep

 peter_james_bond wrote:

This is not Opera people, it's Rock and Roll! {#Beat}
 
Exactly !!!!

 sharkartist wrote:
I was just on another page looking at everyone's comments on Paul Westerburg's awful singing on The Replacements song "Attitude". I find Tom Petty's voice to be extrememly annoying, funny thing is, I think he makes great songs.
 
Uuuhhhhh, it's Westerberg.  And you try singing clearly and in tune after about a dozen years of a 2-pack-a-day habit!

See now—that's why RP rules. A great 'deep cut' from a truly great album. It brings back such specific memories of blasting songs at ridiculous volumes on my buddy's new high—end stereo (circa 1981). Denon tuner, Denon amp, Harmann-Kardon turntable and massive Profile speakers. Man I love this song!

 sharkartist wrote:
I was just on another page looking at everyone's comments on Paul Westerburg's awful singing on The Replacements song "Attitude". I find Tom Petty's voice to be extrememly annoying, funny thing is, I think he makes great songs.
 
This is not Opera people, it's Rock and Roll! {#Beat}
Great blast from the past. Thanks Bill. {#Cheers}{#Bananajam}{#Yes}{#Whistle}
:bananajam:
I like a few early Petty songs, nothing in the last 20 years though. But what amazes me is that people complain like hell about Bob Dylan's voice and don't say anything about TP's nasal whining.
I was just on another page looking at everyone's comments on Paul Westerburg's awful singing on The Replacements song "Attitude". I find Tom Petty's voice to be extrememly annoying, funny thing is, I think he makes great songs.
Tom's the best (singing thru your nose) type singer out there!
Classic Petty - I love the early stuff. :guitarist:
nice jangle, great choice bill and i am steadily grateful for you fine appreciation of tom and the songs (the ones that most people don\'t know) that you play. by the way the best line in this track is \"and when she\'s dreamin\', sometimes she sings in French..\" :clap:
An interesting, yet strange song to follow Ani Difranco\'s \"Gravel\" in the playlist.
if you get the chance, one of the best live acts you will ever experience.
Some mighty fine rock songwriting here. The changes, the chorus and bridge are all so non-cliched and the lyrics have such punch. I like that it has a sub-title, as if Tom couldn't decide which worked best. Also amazing how a band can make a great front guy even better, ala Gram Parker & The Rumour, Rod & Faces and of course Elvis & The Attractions.