The Petty Archives

TOM PETTY: Flirting With Time (3:14)
Review by SP
Billboard - November 4, 2006

Producers: Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Mike Campbell | Writer: T. Petty | Publisher: Wixen, ASCAP American/Warner Bros.
One of the more uptempo tracks on Tom Petty's soulfully sparse "Highway Companion," the acoustic-led "Flirting With Time" has a catchy California sunset chorus but remains vulnerable at its core. Here is a rock icon contemplating the fragility of his own existence, unafraid to ask the deeper questions that lurk beneath the surface of a good hook. "This could well be your last stand/Hold the sunlight in your hand," Petty sings wearily, sounding utterly alone and yet filled with inner piece. Like most of the "Higway" songs, "Flirting" lacks the crisp energy and sonic sparkle of 1994 masterpiece "Wildflowers," but offers a poignant road anthem that feels classic and deeply human, a perfect fit for triple-A.