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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.
His song "Into The Night" is one of the most-played of all time. For Benny, it took him to hell and back.
Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots
The STP drummer talks about how they write their songs, and how the process is different now that Chester Bennington has replaced Scott Weiland.