Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell
You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it’s just complaining.
Sure, I’ve always dug Steve Cropper… his guitar playing. Ever since the first Booker T. record. I heard that back in the Midwest. Yeah, everybody was playing like him.
~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner, 29 Nov. 1969)
Memphis is in a very lucky position on the map. Everything just gravitated to Memphis for years.
“I remember playing shows [with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the ‘80s] and looking out [thinking] I didn’t have that many fans coming to see me,” he says. “They were coming to see Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.”
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Hilburn, December 1997)
“Well I won’t back down No I won’t back down You can stand me up at the gates of hell But I won’t back down”
~Tom Petty (I won’t back down)