Tom Petty Got out of Florida

from by Kevin Dickerson



Here in the control room of Studio B
just laughing about numerous attempts to see
the four-hour-long Tom Petty documentary
Beau said he always falls asleep

Just after the part
where he gets out of Florida
And just before he makes a hit
But my dad and I were glued to it

With only a few brief breaks
When my dad was here visiting last fall…
or was it two years ago?

There were some older kids
who put together enough songs
for a cover band playing
"Free Falling"

And I didn’t know anyone else my age who played
except Charlie whose dad gave him

a Telecaster electric guitar
with a maple fretboard and a Tweed amplifier
he played it and the sound it was beautiful
and I haven’t thought about him in years and years and years

click click click click click click click
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I’m just doing administrative tasks today

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I sure wish the Blue Angles and the tourists would go away

Went to the greek again
for The War on Drugs
and all the girls tossed their hair around just like Willow Smith
guitar solo, guitar solo, guitar solo and saxophone
guitar solo, guitar solo, those guys sure know how to play the crowd like a violin

administrative tasks, administrative tasks, administrative tasks
my artist profile on Spotify
my photo by Paige K. Parsons

I put a hole in my shirt
squeezing in an overstuffed room
moving in to my new apartment


from Sunburst, released November 2, 2018
Kevin Dickerson - Words, vocals, Spanish guitar, electric guitar
Beaunoise - Drum machine, synthesizers

Written by Kevin Dickerson
Engineered by Beau Sorenson
Produced by Beau Sorenson and Kevin Dickerson
Recorded at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco
Mastered by Jacob Winik
Album Art by Kevin Dickerson


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Kevin Dickerson San Francisco, California

Kevin Dickerson is a singer-songwriter who lives in San Francisco. His latest full-length album is called "Ginger Grapefruit."

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