Tom Petty – Change Of Heart

This was the first Petty song that I learned on guitar. This song is not his best, but it hasn’t got the “Free Falling” treatment by being played every day. This song was on the album Long After Dark.

Long After Dark was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ fifth studio album released in 1982. The band used MTV to push the band further into stardom, but Petty wasn’t exactly happy with the album. It was the third album produced by Jimmy Iovine, who made executive decisions pushing the album more into upbeat rock, but Petty wanted to include a couple more acoustic, ballad-type songs.

I could hear the band change a little with the song You Got Lucky… A Change of Heart peaked at #21 on the Billboard 100 and #36 in Canada…it was the second single released from the album.

The bass player Ron Blair quit after the last album Hard Promises was released. This is the first album that featured Howie Epstein on bass.  In the last couple of years of his first stint with the band, Blair was considering leaving and was not always available, thus being occasionally replaced with other bassists, including Donald “Duck” Dunn, on his last two albums. In spite of his departure in 1982, he would continue to make occasional guest appearances on studio albums all the way up to Southern Accents.

Epstein was fired in 2002 and then died in 2003 of a drug overdose. Ron Blair came back to his old position in 2002 and remained with the band until Petty passed away in 2017.

Ron Blair about quitting: “Some days I’ll think, ‘Couldn’t I have put up with it? At the time, it was really a gut decision. That’s kind of what I regret, that it wasn’t a real thought-out decision. I physically and verbally tuned out on an emotional level, rather than really thinking it out. Purely and simply it just ceased to be fun. 

Change Of Heart

Well I fought for youI fought too hardTo do it all again babe,It’s gone too far

You never needed meYou only wanted me aroundIt gets me down

There’s been a change,Yeah there’s been a change of heartSaid there’s been a changeYou push just a little too farYou make it just a little to hardThere’s been a change of heart

I’ll get over youIt won’t take longI’ve stood in yer gallerySeen what’s hangin’ from the wall

You were the moon and sun,Yer just a loaded gun nowIt gets me down

There’s been a change,Yeah there’s been a change of heartSaid there’s been a changeYou push just a little too farYou make it just a little to hardThere’s been a change of heart

Whoa yeah, oh boyLooks like we finally found the turning pointOh me, oh myLooks like it’s time for me to kiss it goodbye, yeah kiss it goodbye

There’s been a change,Yeah there’s been a change of heartSaid there’s been a changeYou push just a little too farYou make it just a little to hardThere’s been a change of heart