Tom Petty doesn't say much about the lyrical content of his songs, but he did tell Melody Maker in 1981 regarding "Insider": "It's one of those things in a relationship that really is the stinger. You know, you didn't trust me, you couldn't trust me... that's the way it always come out. Trust.
When I wrote that song, I wrote it very quickly, I mean maybe in ten, 15 minutes. I just wrote it all down on paper and then I just picked up the guitar and tried to sing each line out. It took me maybe an hour to do that - it don't happen every day, fans! But the lyrics were real quick."
When Stevie Nicks joined Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for some songs on their 2006 tour, Petty introduced this song by saying he he wrote it for Stevie.
Steve from Torrance, CaOne of the greatest "I guess I wasn't good enough for you" songs ever written. Very poignant.
Donna from Lodi, CaPetty did write this song for Stevie but then had a change of heart. He decided to keep it and put it on his album "Hard Promises". He then wrote "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" and gave that song to Stevie.
Vernon from Trinidad, Wi, OtherStevie sings backup on this as well, and the title of the album "Hard Promises" comes from these lyrics.
Sara Mackenzie from Middle Of Nowhere, Flthis song is great!! =^_^=