Tom Petty Radio premieres original demo version of ‘You Don’t Know How It Feels’

‘You Don’t Know How It Feels’ is the first song from a long-awaited Tom Petty release coming later this year.

Caitlin Carter
June 26, 2020

The Petty Family has released Tom’s eight-track demo of his classic song “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” which will be part of a forthcoming Wildflowers project on Warner Records.

The home recording premiered on Tom Petty Radio (Ch. 31) on SiriusXM Thursday 6/25, along with an exclusive interview with Adria Petty about the release.

The demo, recorded in his home studio, is stunning and intimate. The song, well known for the lyric, “Let’s get to the point, and let’s roll another joint,” has slightly different lyrics. It shows an insight to his writing process and introduces a line from another favorite Wildflowers track “Crawling Back To You” stating, “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”

A humorous, animated video created and directed by Ben “Blaze” Brooks and Aaron Hymes was also released.

“The family and the band are in a joyful process of discovering the Wildflowers sessions and demos and wanted to share a tiny bit of that with the fans today,” Adria Petty added, on behalf of the Petty Family.

“You Don’t Know How It Feels” was first released in November of 1994, on Petty’s Wildflowers album.

More information and specific details to come soon on the upcoming release.