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Many people assume that this song is about drugs, but it isn't. Tom got the idea for this when he saw a pilot being interviewed on TV. The pilot said how it wasn't hard learning to fly... the hardest part was coming down.
The song was written in 1991 by Tom Petty and his Traveling Wilburys colleague and former ELO frontman Jeff Lynne. It is based on only four simple chords, (F, C, A minor, and G).
Country trio Lady Antebellum covered this on their seven-song acoustic EP iTunes Session.
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Greg talks about writing songs of "universal truth" for King Crimson and ELP, and tells us about his most memorable stage moment (it involves fireworks).
Martyn Ware of Heaven 17
Martyn talks about producing Tina Turner, some Heaven 17 hits, and his work with the British Electric Foundation.