Album: Hard Promises
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Released: 1981
Length: 4:30
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Well it didn't feel like Sunday
Didn't feel like June
When he met his silent partner in that lonely corner room
That overlooked the Marquee
Of the Plaza all-adult
And he was not lookin' for romance
Just someone he could trust

(Chorus)
And it wasn't no way to carry on
It wasn't no way to live
But he could put up with it for a little while
He was workin' on something big

Speedball rang the night clerk
Said, "Send me up a drink"
The night clerk said "It's Sunday man, ...wait a minute
Let me think
There's a little place outside of town that might
Still have some wine"
Speedball said, "Forget it, can I have an outside line?"

(Chorus)

It was Monday when the daymaids
Found the still made bed
All except the pillows that lay stacked
Up at the head
And one said, "I know I've seen his face
I wonder how he is?"

And the other said, "Probably just another clown
Workin' on something big"

(Chorus)
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{#Crown}{#Daisy}
Love this, one of his best songs, and not ruined by non stop classic rock radio repeat.  I need to revisit this album, it has the other great underrated song by  him "Woman in Love."
So many fine songs and fine memories to go along with the songs given to me by this man.  I will truly miss this rock and roll legend.  I felt he had a lot left to give but it wasn't to be..his time was now. Thank you Tom, rest in peace, brother
 CCinSB wrote:
{#Group-hug} group Petty hug. 

 
backatcha {#Group-hug}

I'm sure I'll become an even bigger Petty fan now that he's gone.  I was a kid watching MTV when I first learned who he was with the "Mary Jane's Last Dance" MTV video (which was pretty cool) and then as I got older and my musical tastes expanded I found out about the Bob Dylan connection.  At times I commented on how much Tom emulated Bob, yet as I sit here mourning the passing of another rock icon, I can't help to think how much more open Tom was during interviews than Mr. Dylan (as a Bob song comes up next in the playlist).  He was VERY cool, a total troubadour, and very successful.  RIP Tom!

Long Live RP!!


 expatlar wrote:
Sitting here at 58-yrs-old, choking up for some guy I didn't even know. Everybody needs a good cry sometimes I guess, and it's sad that ol' Tom didn't get more years.

 
Amen.  51 for me, and the same. For a while every time I hear one of his songs it will be like this.
At least he learned to fly at an early point in his life... Fly well Tom {#Angel}
Sitting here at 58-yrs-old, choking up for some guy I didn't even know. Everybody needs a good cry sometimes I guess, and it's sad that ol' Tom didn't get more years.
{#Group-hug} group Petty hug. 
RIP Mr. Petty.{#Sad}
I'll miss you my ol' friend 
{#Sad}
{#Frown}{#Cry}  
Gonna miss ya {#Heartkiss}
Heartbroken.  RIP to an amazing musician.
RIP Tom Petty
RIP Tom ,,, 
What happened to Speedball?
Daymaids comments are in present tense, "wonder who he is" rather than "wonder who he was"... I think he will be OK.
Now I think I know who Mick Jagger copied, accent wise, that is.
Right on Baby_M.  I was an early Petty fan and this type of quality music was the reason.  Saw his first appearance in So. CA where I was living at the time and he knocked the socks off the crowd.  Have seen dozens of show since over the years and that longevity is the sign of a great musical artist.  The tour with Dylan in the 80's was a particularly special one.  Check out the documentary on him sometime: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0965382/ 
A 3-minute film noir.
Caught him on the Southern Rebels tour at Reunion Arena in Dallas—great show by a talented & prolific singer/songwriter, and my first dorm roommate freshman year of undergrad was from his hometown of Gainesville, FL. As the roomy related, I guess Tom didn't care much for G-Ville, hear "One Story Town" on the Long After Dark LP for affirmation.
ok genie I want to be in that record store, at that time, with TP and my buddy Roddy and a never ending supply of cash  : )
Fun rocker man! 
FROM MY FAV TPETTY ! GREAT LYRICS ON THIS TRACK
I have to admit that I didn't get Tom Petty's stuff back in the day, but man this is soooo solid.
this is my psd... have you had a brain fart?
Tom must have ended up buying all of those 45's on that rack behind him, as I haven't seen one in a store since 1981.
Great story, set to some tasty music. It's Petty's snide delivery that sells it for me, though! Excellent tune!
 Cynaera wrote:
This is SUCH a great story-song.  I love the whole album.
 
It was Monday when the day-maids
Found his still-made bed
All except the pillows that lay stacked up at the head
One said, "I know I've seen his face
I wonder who he is?"
The other said, "He's probably just another clown,
Working on something big..."
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
One of my fave Petty songs....8
81? Wow,,,
Never heard this before and just love it!
 
Sounds like Widespread Panic with Petty at vocals....
Wry humor abounds... one of my favorite TP songs. But it's correct- the band's been together so long there is a friggin' "tribute band" playing in SoCal these days. That makes me feel old- I wonder how it makes Petty feel? 
 Cynaera wrote:
This is SUCH a great story-song.  I love the whole album.
 
It was Monday when the day-maids
Found his still-made bed
All except the pillows that lay stacked up at the head
One said, "I know I've seen his face
I wonder who he is?"
The other said, "He's probably just another clown,
Working on something big..."
 
Yeah, although you have to fill in some gaps in the story. Comes to mind when you see buffoons in the news—Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump, Manny Ramirez. 
My first Tom Petty album, and I think this was my favorite song off of it for quite some time.
Wait, this record is over 30 years old?!? Damn....Oh well, I'm off to find my cassette....
 ziakut wrote:
Mediocre like most of his output. Do like his new album 'Mojo' though...
 
Do you really think that George Harrison liked playing music with mediocre people?


Just one of my favorite artists, period. I like some of his songs better than others, but I can't think of one that I don't enjoy hearing. I always feel happy when a TP song starts and I recognize his voice. I know I'm in for a few minutes of musical pleasure.{#Music}
 WonderLizard wrote:Yeah, I know he was a flake—most drummers are—
 
Stereotype much?

Do you think that Sheryl Crowe may have been created from one of Tom Petty's ribs?
 ziakut wrote:
Mediocre like most of his output. Do like his new album 'Mojo' though...
 

Pretty much how I categorize TP too. Not bad, not outstanding, just kinda there.
 WonderLizard wrote:
I always liked the way Stan Lynch's drums carried a lot of The Heartbreakers' songs, this among them. Yeah, I know he was a flake—most drummers are—but still a good fit with this version of the band.
 

I agree WonderLizard. The band's current drummer, while entirely competent, doesn't stand out in any way. Every time TP puts out a new album, I hope Lynch will be back behind the drums. Apparently he's burned too many bridges for that to happen! 

When Tom Petty was in high school, he was trying to impress a girl he liked by telling her he was in a band. Of course, he wasn't. She promptly asked him if his band would play at their prom. He happily agreed. Between then and prom, he got a band together and learned how play some cover songs. He played the prom: the rest is history. I don't know what happened to the girl. I hope he at least got a kiss.

At least that's the story I heard.


I always liked the way Stan Lynch's drums carried a lot of The Heartbreakers' songs, this among them. Yeah, I know he was a flake—most drummers are—but still a good fit with this version of the band.
Good stuff.  Not spectacular but yes a good story song.
This year's Super Bowl halftime show made me REALLY miss the Heartbreakers' appearance from a few years back...
 DaveInVA wrote:
I always wondered if he had his tongue shot with Novocaine before he sings....Still like it though{#Music}
 

Good description.  But I like it, too.
Stefen wrote:
I really like this tune. I'm surprised the average rating is only 7.
7 is described as "Quite Likable", as in "I really like this tune". Pretty high praise.

This is SUCH a great story-song.  I love the whole album.
 
It was Monday when the day-maids
Found his still-made bed
All except the pillows that lay stacked up at the head
One said, "I know I've seen his face
I wonder who he is?"
The other said, "He's probably just another clown,
Working on something big..."

Ok so he's overdoing it a bit with the vocal anti-enunciation, but I have always liked this song... great lyrics, reads like a film noir.
Mediocre like most of his output. Do like his new album 'Mojo' though...