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Album: Into The Great Wide OpenReleased: 1991Charted:
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.