Courtesy of Sara Register hide caption. Several years ago, after a harrowing 48 hours in which her house burned down and she finalized her divorce, Sara drove across the country with her young daughter.
We put thousands of miles on my vehicle, and I was happiest when there was a black shimmering strip of highway extending from my hood to the far horizon coupled with endless blue skies. The boundless enormity of our country made my previous problems feel so small.
And always, while driving outside cellphone range and social media's reach, there was Tom Petty. I have a lot of favorite songs of his that are lesser known, but there is no greater feeling than crossing the plains of South Dakota, window down, belting "I Won't Back Down.
I didn't let being alone keep me from seeing the places I had always dreamed of. When I slept once by myself on the side of a mountain, completely sure that a cougar was going to come by and snack on me, I sang that song from the safety of my hammock. And when I saw [Petty] live for the second and last time at Red Rocks a few months before he passed, I sang just as loudly, surrounded by several thousand fellow fans belting with the same force that I did.
There really never had been an easy way out of what I had gone through. But I made it. Aaron Thomas Courtesy of Aaron Thomas hide caption. I played this song in the midst of dealing with a close friend's suicide and having to figure out how to officiate his funeral with a broken heart I'm a minister. My wife and I listened to this song on a cross-country trip together after I lost my job and we had to move in with my parents for a time.
Our worship leader occasionally breaks out in this song prior to Sunday service just to entertain me. If there's a time I need to be reminded of hope, warmth, good memories, God, or those I love: This is the song. As a Christian, I believe some of our principles are to bring hope to the hopeless and strength to the weak. If there was ever a song to sum up these principles, it's "I Won't Back Down.
Courtesy of Kelli Sexton hide caption. When I was in high school, I decided to enlist in the Marine Corps. As the time got closer for me to leave for boot camp, my fear of the unknown was rising.
A recruiter asked me if I had an anthem, and the stand-your-ground lyrics of "I Won't Back Down" immediately came to mind. To this day, I give Tom Petty credit for getting me through what I considered to be my toughest challenge at the time.
The lyrics not only encouraged me to keep going, [they] gave me a mental escape to the happy times at home with family. I Wont Back Down - Tom Petty - Transmission Impossible (CD) phrase "I won't back down" is engraved on the wedding rings of Niki Vonderwell and her husband, Matthias Luft.
Courtesy of Niki Vonderwell hide caption. Niki is from Ohio. Inat a small IT security conference in Dayton, she met a German man who — six years later — would become her husband:. I heard his voice before I saw him, and I held my breath as he made his way up the stairs while telling some joke to his colleagues. When I saw him, I couldn't formulate a single thought in my brain other than "Wow! We had gotten to know a little about each other the day before, but my true test of compatibility was coming: Did he know Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and if so, what did he think?
I explained as we got in the car this was my favorite band in the whole world. I associated every big milestone in my life and some small ones with a different song from the band no pressure, right? He had never heard of them, but gamely asked to hear a few songs while we drove. I played "I Won't Back Down" first, and he was hooked thereafter. He flew back to Germany the next day, and we decided a week or I Wont Back Down - Tom Petty - Transmission Impossible (CD) later to try long-distance dating.
It was a reminder that no matter what the statistics said about long-distance relationships, we could make it work. We would not back down from what was important to us: our relationship. I moved to Germany eventually, and two years ago he proposed. When I said yes, he asked how I felt about engraving our rings with "I Won't Back Down" and making it our first dance.
It was perfect. The week after our wedding, we flew to London for the Heartbreakers' only European stop in Of course they played "I Won't Back Down. Tom Petty died just over two months later. Carla moved to the U. Her sister used to play this song all the time back in Lima, and it has special meaning for her now, in this country. I love that song, I Wont Back Down - Tom Petty - Transmission Impossible (CD).
It's my song. I am an immigrant, and even after being treated horribly because I look different and because I have an accent, I won't back down. I won't give up. I will never lower my head in front of anyone. This song speaks to me and gives me the energy to fight and never give up. I don't care how many times people call I Wont Back Down - Tom Petty - Transmission Impossible (CD) names and say, "You don't even speak English," I won't back down.
I deserve a good life, and I sing this song from the depth I Wont Back Down - Tom Petty - Transmission Impossible (CD) my heart. Jim Benes as a Coast Guard air crew member on a rescue helicopter in Courtesy of Jim Benes hide caption. Who hasn't felt beaten, bruised and battered, turned on the radio and belted this tune at the top of their range while driving down a road? I fell in love with this song and a lot of Tom Petty songs when I joined the U.
Coast Guard. I was stationed on a river boat in Iowa, and I was a closeted gay kid from Nebraska. I felt really out of place, and I felt like I was lost, wondering what I had done, if I had made a mistake. Like all good moments when I've gone out on a limb, joining the Coast Guard turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. Tom's Petty's music served as a soundtrack to these tough times, and got me through a lot of seemingly hopeless personal moments as I struggled with my sexuality in a "don't ask, don't tell" military service.
I'm happy that this policy is no longer in place. Monica Owings in her garden. Courtesy of Monica Owings hide caption. As an introvert who fought through deep depression and crippling anxiety, I had to fight a constant internal battle invisible to those around me.
Music was an elixir, and specifically Tom Petty music. At 30, I had a breakdown of sorts. My depression and anxiety were consuming me. Although I had a successful career, what internal strength it took to battle the demons of the depression became insurmountable. I distinctly remember waking up and knowing I just couldn't go on.
I didn't want this feeling to go on; I'd rather be dead. The alarm clock went off, and I heard Tom Petty sing, "They can stand me up at the gates of hell and I won't back down. The choice to carry on and live. Over my lifetime, as I've lived with chronic depression, this song has become an anthem of sorts for me. Tom Petty's lyrics have fueled my desire to choose life. The words Tom Petty wrote literally made the difference in me living or dying.
They came on the radio that morning at that moment, and because they did, I'm here today writing this. Many of Tom Petty's songs were inspirational to me, but I will remain forever grateful to a man I'll never know who saved my life. Heather Williams at a Los Angeles teachers' strike action in January. Courtesy of Heather Williams hide caption. InHeather was at a conference of grassroots labor activists in Dearborn, Mich.
As a part of the conference, we were encouraged to leave the hotel and go support the striking steelworkers. It was freezing cold outside, so cold that the picketers had started fires in two trash barrels. Disc Two. The Damage You've Done. Free Fallin'. Benmont's Boogie. Southern Accents. Even The Losers. Listen to Her Heart. A Face in the Crowd.
Something Big. I Won't Back Down. I Need To Know. Runnin Down a Dream. Disc Three. A fine selection of Tom Petty television broadcasts covering the years Free Fallin' Bridge School Benefit Straight Into Darkness Farm Aid Refugee Live Aid Even The Losers Farm Aid Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.
Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date August 7, Track Listing - Disc 1. Bye Bye Johnny. Chuck Berry. Tom Petty. King's Road. The Waiting. For What It's Worth. Stephen Stills. The Image of Me. Wayne Kemp. Here Comes My Girl. Mick Jones. Willie Dixon. Anyway You Want It. Runaway Trains. Track Listing - Disc 2. The Damage You've Done. Free Fallin'. Benmont's Boogie.
Moira - Scott Cossu With Eugene Friesen - Reunion (CD, Album), De Mi Barrio - Orquesta Típica Victor - 1926 - 1940 (CD), One For The Road - Face First (2) - Overexposed (CD, Album), Anodda - Various - Im Schatten Der Großstadt Punk In Dresden 1982-1989 (CD), Triumph Of The Will - Bärsärkarna - White Covers (Vinyl, LP, Album), Det Som Skjer, Det Skjer, Cricket On The Hearth - Benton Flippen & The Smokey Valley Boys - Fiddlers Dream (CDr, Album), Acquiesce - Oasis (2) - Familiar To Millions (Cassette), Good Enough (Original Mix) - Marc Johnson - Good Enough / Street Knowledge (Vinyl)