“I’m Not Me” was originally written as an slow ballad-style duet and performed with Jessica Longoria. The original recordings are almost painfully slow in tempo. Thankfully, after hearing some similarities to some of Mat Keaney’s early work, I was inspired to increase the tempo. Since then it has turned into a highly listenable song with a rather accessible message about the ending of a dispassionate relationship. The new version of this track was released in 2014 as part of The Muddy Crows LP.
For years, the meaning of this song has been strongly debated. Some have speculated that Tom Petty wrote this as a “Goodbye Love Song” to his ex-wife Jane. In fact, members of The Heartbreakers have even eluded to this fact. However, a more common interpretation is that Tom Petty is referencing his own drug usage. While I have never dabbled in that particusubculture, I figured that today (4/20) was the perfect day to release this song. I will leave the interpretation all up to you!