This 1977 song has an urban legend attached to it, that it was written for a girl that committed suicide. In 2011, Tom Petty appears to be hoping Republican/Tea Party presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is a victim of some sort of political suicide.
The politician received a “cease and desist” order from the songwriter to not use his song when she is campaigning.
But perhaps Petty has more conservative fans buying his music and attending his concerts than he’d care to admit? That could help explain why George W. Bush also tried using Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” as a campaign song. Would he object to Sarah Palin using “Free Falling?”
Footnote: Why campaign teams don’t get permission to use songs is odd.
Related Tea Party post from this blog: The Tea Party – The Bazaar
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