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Square One


Free Download – Tom Petty cover song (enter $0 for price to get the free download)

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“Square One” – Tom Petty

Had to find some higher ground.
Had some fear to get around.
You can say what you don’t know.
Later on won’t work no more.

Last time through I hid my tracks.
So well I could not get back.
Yeah my way was hard to find.
Can’t sell your soul for peace of mind.

Square one, my slate is clear.
Rest your head on me my dear.
It took a world of trouble, took a world of tears.
It took a long time to get back here.

Tried so hard to stand alone.
Struggled to see past my nose.
Always had more dogs than bones.
I could never wear those clothes.

It’s a dark victory.
You won and you are so lost.
Told us you were satisfied, but it never came across.


released March 19, 2020
Words & Music by Tom PettyDavid Elias: acoustic, vocal
Recorded & Produced by David Elias

An Empty Seat (for Tom Petty, 1950 – 2017)

Written and Recorded with Video created for Tom Petty, 1950-2017. He hasn’t left me at all. It was always like he was right there in the car with us. Not just on the radio or cassette or CD but he was with us too. A buddy in the car. Easy Peasy. I do miss you TP. Aloha and Namaste.
an empty seat (for tom petty, 1950-2017)

get in the back seat
we’ll make room
headin up the street
a wasted afternoon
you wore your hair neat
but you never groomed
grew up in the south’s heat
you always kept your cool
now there’s a back seat
in this house of lights
now there’s an empty seat
in this house of lights
now there’s an empty seat
in this house of lights
released July 4, 2018
Words and Music by David Elias
Performed by David Elias
Mixed and Mastered by David Elias

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I also play and sing’s Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” anthem in a self-produced video recognizing his mentor’s greatness, with a humble ukelele passage recorded spontaneously at the time of his death announcement and woven into the final bars of the video:


For a limited time you can get the sountrack of this video “An Empty Seat” free as a download at https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/…/an-empty-seat-tom-petty-1… (enter $0.00 or any other amount as the charge when checking out.)