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Date Performance 1981-00-00
Running Time 4:23
Performers Jimmy Iovine (Produced By), Tom Petty (Produced By), Shelly Yakus (Engineered By), Shelly Yakus (Mixed By), Tom Petty (Lead Vocal), Tom Petty (Acoustic Guitar), Mike/Michael Campbell (Guitar), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Organ), Ron Blair (Bass Guitar), Stan Lynch (Drums), Phil Jones (Percussion), Stevie Nicks (Harmony Vocal)
CommentsRecorded at Sound City, Van Nuys, CA and Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA. Mixed at Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA. Additional recording at Goodnight, L.A. (MCA Records) Stevie Nicks appears courtesy of Modern Records. "'Insider' was really fun," Benmont recalls. "We were messing around and it was just me and Tom, organ and guitar and vocal, that's the way I remember it. And there was something about the vocal performance and the feel of it that we really liked. So everybody else overdubbed to it. Eventually Stevie (Nicks) wound up singing harmony on it. We overdubbed everybody on it and the reviews came out and I think it was Roiling Stone made some disparaging comment about the drumming on it. Poor Stan! Tom and I were speeding up and slowing down because there were no drums!" Benmont cracks up laughing. "It was our fault and Stanley got saddled with it." The promotional music video was directed by Jim Lenahan.
Appears On
Hard Promises (0000)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Playback (1995)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Playback (1995)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
A Bunch Of Videos And Some Other Stuff (0000)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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You've got a dangerous background
And everything you've dreamed of
Yeah you're the Dark Angel
It don't show when you break up
and I'm the one who oughta know
Im the one left in the dust
Yeah I'm the broken hearted fool
Who was never quite enough

I'm an insider, I been burned by the fire
And I've had to live with some hard promises
I've crawled through the briars -- I'm an insider

It's a circle of deception
It's a hall of strangers
It's a cage without a key
You can feel the danger
And I'm the one who oughta know
I'm the one you couldn't trust
I'm the lonely silent one
I'm the one left in the dust

Repeat chorus

I'll bet you're his masterpiece
I'll bet you're his self-control
Yeah you'll become his legacy
His quiet world of white and gold
And I'm the one who oughta know
I'm the one you left to rust
Not one of your twisted friends
I'm the one you couldn't love

Repeat chorus

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Running Time 5:16
Performers Tom Petty (6 String Electric Guitars), Tom Petty (6 String Acoustic Guitars), Tom Petty (12-String Electric Guitars), Tom Petty (12-String Acoustic Guitars), Tom Petty (Vocals), Mike/Michael Campbell (Lead Guitar), Mike/Michael Campbell (12-String Guitars), Mike/Michael Campbell (Lap Steel Guitars), Mike/Michael Campbell (Slide Guitars), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Keyboards), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Vocals), Stan Lynch (Drums), Stan Lynch (Vocals), Ron Blair (Bass), Phil Jones (Percussion), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Shelly Yakus (Engineered By)
CommentsRecorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, California. Engineered in the Record Plant Mobile truck.
Appears On
Pack Up The Plantation: Live (0000)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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Lyrics contributed by Dark Angel.