June 17, 2013 in Tips & Lessons

Tom Petty – Mary Jane’s Last Dance

pettyRecorded on July 22, 1993 while Tom Petty was recording his Wildflowers album, Mary Jane’s Last Dance spiked a bit of controversy as many thought that the song was about drugs, mostly because of the chorus saying “Last dance with Mary Jane, one more time to kill the pain.” “Mary Jane” is a common nickname for marijuana, which is known to altering the state of mind of those who use it, numbing both physical and mental pain.

On the other hand, Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell says, “In the verse there is still the thing about an Indiana girl on an Indiana night. Just when it gets to the chorus he had the presence of mind … Continue Reading