Songs You May Have Missed #650

Tom Petty: “For Real” (2019)

Tom Petty’s posthumously released “For Real”, written and recorded in 2000, sounds eerily like a summation of the man’s mission and career–and the kind of song you’d release as your life’s coda if you knew you’d soon be passing.

Needless to say, it’s the perfect track to conclude the newly-released career overview The Best of Everything.

Petty’s daughter Adria, who has directed music videos for heavyweights like Coldplay and Beyonce, compiled and edited the clips that make up the video, and it indeed sums up the song’s lyric poignantly.

Oh brother, look what we’ve become
Oh brother, could we be so dumb?
They set us up like dominoes
I didn’t do it for no magazine
Didn’t do it for no video
Never did it for no CEO

But I did it for real
Would’ve done it for free
I did it for me
‘Cause it was all that rang true
I did it for real
And I did it for you

Might’ve done it for my sanity
Maybe done it for my vanity
Could be I did it for my big ego

But I did it for real
Would’ve done it for free
Yeah, I did it for me
‘Cause it was all that rang true
I did it for real
And I did it for you (true)

Oh brother, look what we’ve become
Oh brother, I’ve been overrun
Only did it for the way it made me feel

Yeah I did it for real
Would’ve done it for free
Yeah I did it for me
‘Cause it was all that rang true
I did it for real
And I did it for you

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