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Album: Hypnotic Eye
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Released: 2014
Length: 6:25
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Shadow people, what's in their head?
In the car next to you, when the light turns red
Could be thinking of love, might be thinking of hate
I guess it pretty much could go either way

Shadow people, in shadow land

That one's thinking of great art
And eloquent words
That one's strapped on a gun
And joined up with the herd
That one's saving up water
Got some food stored away
For the war that is coming on the judgment day

Shadow people, in shadow land

And this one carries a gun for the USA
He's a 21st Century man
And he's scary as hell
'Cause when he's afraid
He'll destroy everything he don't understand

Well I ain't on the left
And I ain't on the right
I ain't even sure
I got a dog in this fight
In my time of need
In my time of grief
I feel like a shadow's falling over me


Like shadow people, in shadow land
Shadow people, in shadow land

Waiting for the sun to be straight overhead
'Til we ain't got no shadow at all
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rnflynn wrote:

this is toe curlingly awful
 

this is toe curlingly awful
His vocals are totally recognizable but with the music he frequently mixes it up. Miss this.
Dang if not Prescient today, 6 years later...
 xray38 wrote:

Then show him (his memory) the decency of spelling his name out.
'TP' is something entirely different to most of us.
 
As someone who was raised in FL in the 70's and 80's, and has listened to Petty since his first lp - my first concert, too - I can say that alot of us old timers have referred to him as TP, and I doubt he would give a shit. pun intended.
 Tippster wrote:
 
Those with their heads firmly up their own arse will be just that ignorant no matter how many facts that they are presented with.  Thanks for trying, though.
absolutely killer groove. damn, I miss this guy 
 surfrider4life wrote:
T.P's passing so abruptly was never one I saw coming !
Tragic, for it  was indeed the loss of an Iconic American Songwriter/Rocker!
 
Then show him (his memory) the decency of spelling his name out.
'TP' is something entirely different to most of us.
 Hannio wrote:


I'm so old I can remember when a republican candidate for president was laughed to scorn for suggesting that Russians might still be a threat.

And then there is the time that Barack Obama on a hot mic not only got caught reiterating to a Russian leader the conditions of Putin-Obama election-cycle collusion, but he also spelled out the exact quid pro quo: promised Russian quietude abroad during Obama’s reelection campaign in exchange for “flexibility” (i.e., cancellation) of U.S.-Eastern European missile-defense projects.  The media and the FBI were curiously incurious about that.
 
Are you old enough to read and comprehend this, troll? 

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2019/nov/14/obamas-hot-mic-moment-russian-president-2012-was-u/

I wonder of the Shadow People hang with Eleanor Rigby and all the lonely people.
Tom Petty - immer wieder gut!
 Hannio wrote:


I'm so old I can remember when a republican candidate for president was laughed to scorn for suggesting that Russians might still be a threat.

And then there is the time that Barack Obama on a hot mic not only got caught reiterating to a Russian leader the conditions of Putin-Obama election-cycle collusion, but he also spelled out the exact quid pro quo: promised Russian quietude abroad during Obama’s reelection campaign in exchange for “flexibility” (i.e., cancellation) of U.S.-Eastern European missile-defense projects.  The media and the FBI were curiously incurious about that.
 

Take your worthless and shallow political opinion somewhere else KOOK : <
T.P's passing so abruptly was never one I saw coming !
Tragic, for it  was indeed the loss of an Iconic American Songwriter/Rocker!
Post-Petty
 VioletBuddha wrote:

Yes, BO ran a good tech-savvy campaign. But Russian bots and troll farms weren't helping his campaign and the campaign didn't collude with Russia like 45 did. 45's campaign was warned by the FBI about Russian interference but the campaign, demonstrating a complete lack of patriotism, didn't turn over any info abut being contacted by the Russians.
 

I'm so old I can remember when a republican candidate for president was laughed to scorn for suggesting that Russians might still be a threat.

And then there is the time that Barack Obama on a hot mic not only got caught reiterating to a Russian leader the conditions of Putin-Obama election-cycle collusion, but he also spelled out the exact quid pro quo: promised Russian quietude abroad during Obama’s reelection campaign in exchange for “flexibility” (i.e., cancellation) of U.S.-Eastern European missile-defense projects.  The media and the FBI were curiously incurious about that.
 Hannio wrote:

BO was very much celebrated for running a tech savvy campaign in 2012 when his people helped themselves to Facebook data.  But now it's a problem because "Hitler" did the same thing and won?  Is it narrow minded to point that out?  

You're going to be a very busy person, policing RP song comments for divisive political content.  Unless, of course, you're only concerned about comments that lean in one particular direction.
 
Yes, BO ran a good tech-savvy campaign. But Russian bots and troll farms weren't helping his campaign and the campaign didn't collude with Russia like 45 did. 45's campaign was warned by the FBI about Russian interference but the campaign, demonstrating a complete lack of patriotism, didn't turn over any info abut being contacted by the Russians.
 Laptopdog wrote:

Gee, thanks for sharing your narrow-minded and divisive politics here on RP. Just don't let it happen again.

 
BO was very much celebrated for running a tech savvy campaign in 2012 when his people helped themselves to Facebook data.  But now it's a problem because "Hitler" did the same thing and won?  Is it narrow minded to point that out?  

You're going to be a very busy person, policing RP song comments for divisive political content.  Unless, of course, you're only concerned about comments that lean in one particular direction.
could fold this into Hypnotized......................................................................
If I had only one parameter by which to recruit soul mates, the widest parameter possible, it would  be that they dug Tom Petty. T.P. RIP.
 Hannio wrote:


Yeah, I miss the days when Obama would do this stuff and nobody got upset.  That and all the racial healing.

 
Gee, thanks for sharing your narrow-minded and divisive politics here on RP. Just don't let it happen again.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Shadow people in shadow land - very topical at the moment with Cambridge Analytica  and Facebook conniving to undermine Democracy using the shadowy grey area of supposedly 'non-propaganda' methods to control people's thought processes.

Cambridge Analylica - apocalyptica more like.

 

Yeah, I miss the days when Obama would do this stuff and nobody got upset.  That and all the racial healing.
Shadow people in shadow land - very topical at the moment with Cambridge Analytica  and Facebook conniving to undermine Democracy using the shadowy grey area of supposedly 'non-propaganda' methods to control people's thought processes.

Cambridge Analylica - apocalyptica more like.
Tedious. 
{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}
 kingart wrote:
It seems this lyric 

When I aim at left
And I aimto the right
I ain't even sure
I got a dog in the spine

should be

Well I ain't on the left
And I ain't on the right
I ain't even sure
I got a dog in this fight
Must be the lyrics as heard by that stupid Suri iPhone voice app

 

 
Can't even figure out where to fix it. {#Confused}
R.I.P.  Another legend lost in 2017.  What a devastating year for music.... {#Cry}
 kingart wrote:
It seems this lyric 

When I aim at left
And I aimto the right
I ain't even sure
I got a dog in the spine


Must be the lyrics as heard by that stupid Suri iPhone voice app
 
Yep, that's pretty awful. Judging from the punctuation errors though, I think this is the product of some teenager with nothing better to do, who rushed to be the first to publish the lyrics when the song came out, and therefore just jotted down the first best thing that vaguely seemed to match. This is similar to the god awful movie subtitle files that can sometimes be found. Not sure whether Bill manually looks up these lyrics, or the RP website automatically fetches them from the usual lyrics websites, but even if it was done manually we couldn't blame anyone for not rigorously checking these lyrics that appear correct at a first glance.
Heard this on PSD half an hour ago - it's great!{#Moon}
Most excellent, talented boy! {#Music}
I like the song. But for all the times I've heard it, just tonight it occurred to me how much it sounds like John Stewart's "Gold". (which coincidentally was on the radio where I lived at the same time as "Refugee".)
It seems this lyric 

When I aim at left
And I aimto the right
I ain't even sure
I got a dog in the spine

should be

Well I ain't on the
And I ain't on the right
I ain't even sure
I got a dog in this fight
Must be the lyrics as heard by that stupid Suri iPhone voice app

 
Not feeling TP since Wildflowers which I loved.  Maybe another track will be better.
There's just no musical craftsmanship here.
 justin4kick wrote:

This is as exciting as it gets with Tom. I bet becoming a book keeper was too adventurous for him so he bought a guitar instead.

 
guess who taught him to play the guitar, yup it was Don Felder in Gainesville Florida before he became famous with a little band called the Eagles. 
Plodding and dull.
 ShamanManu wrote:
boring {#Eh}

 
This is as exciting as it gets with Tom. I bet becoming a book keeper was too adventurous for him so he bought a guitar instead.
I want to just immerse myself in this bass line and guitar. Turning up the speakers to eleven.
Some serious toe-tapping going on here.
boring {#Eh}
Sadly, PSD is not working tonight and this song is sucking all the oxygen out of a rather large room...gasp{#Skull}
please stop....
Right, right, right!
ShaunJ wrote:

Went to the Tom Petty concert last month in Vancouver and surprisingly this song comes across better live. Mike Campbell's guitar was scorching on this one {#Bananajam}

 


I kind of liked it until that weird outtake at the end. What did he think this was, an audition for Smokey and the Bandit?
Not a fan of Mr Petty, sorry.  I thought the intro was Leonard Cohen, so I was just heading to the Player for PSD and he started singing so I left it to play.  Can't say I enjoy his vocals and I think this track is definitely among his weaker offerings.
 36 hours...rolling in pain..MJMJ wrote:     free me again
I cannot stand songs that have the premise that "these people suck, I am superior to them" if there's no shred of humor involved. It's just an old curmudgeonly angry rant. Not even a decent tune. What are its redeeming qualities other than it reinforces a political view that the audience might share?

 


I cannot stand songs that have the premise that "these people suck, I am superior to them" if there's no shred of humor involved. It's just an old curmudgeonly angry rant. Not even a decent tune. What are its redeeming qualities other than it reinforces a political view that the audience might share?
Please.  Make it stop.  This is a 5 minute song with a one minute idea.  BTW Can he sue himself for ripping off about 10 of his own songs?
 Lazarus wrote:
This is the only bad song on the new album...  lots of truly great songs on the album, but this one is pure barfomatic...

 
Went to the Tom Petty concert last month in Vancouver and surprisingly this song comes across better live. Mike Campbell's guitar was scorching on this one {#Bananajam}
 1wolfy wrote:
This track has me singing John Lennon's Cold Turkey..

 
I hear it, too.  Like others, 7 for now.
Some interesting insights in regard to Petty's career in this piece from Grantland - which phase do you think was his best?
https://grantland.com/features/tom-petty-career-arc-heartbreakers-hypnotic-eye/
 
A huge TP fan for 38 years. Like one of my kids, he can do no wrong (Well, Last D.J. . . . ) Going to see him on the last day of this month for the first time.
This must be one of the last tracks on the CD that I haven't heard yet, just got it in my truck player yesterday.  I like all the other songs I've heard better than this one.  This sounds like an outtake from the Mojo sessions.
Everybody in my bathroom stall be blowin' chunks to this song. Love you Tom...
Love!
This is the only bad song on the new album...  lots of truly great songs on the album, but this one is pure barfomatic...
This track has me singing John Lennon's Cold Turkey..
This tune is uninspiring, lazy and dull. I never have very high expectations from TP...but I did like his last "Mojo" album. Disappointing...hopefully the rest of the album doesn't align itself to this style.
Rocks!
I've heard more of this CD before the official release than any other than I can remember
 MJMJ wrote:
This song makes me want to insult Tom Petty, instead I'll just turn it off.

 
Sounds like classic Tom Petty to me.  I'll give it a chance:  7, for beginners.
This song makes me want to insult Tom Petty, instead I'll just turn it off.