Tom Petty’s “Confusion Wheel” may have been written in 1994, but the late musician’s track resonates in our uncertain times with uncanny prescience.
The track will appear on the Petty-named All the Rest, a collection of unreleased songs culled during the Wildflowers sessions housed in the Wildflowers & All the Rest box set, which is available for preorder. It arrives on October 16th via Warner Records.
“One of these days my old friend/You and I won’t worry no more/One of these nights it’ll all wash away,” Petty sings over acoustic guitar, conjuring reassurance that hope still exists amid a wistful outlook and melody. “And we’ll wake up singing a brand-new song/We’ll wake up singing a whole new song.” The track’s accompanying visualizer illustrates the unease of the era, with a wheel of fate spinning questions about how to love and who to trust.
The Wildflowers & All the Rest box set includes the 10-song All the Rest section, which features five previously unreleased songs, including “Confusion Wheel.” The rest of the set includes the original 15-song Wildflowers and the Home Recordings disc, which finds Petty workshopping Wildflowers tracks. There’s also an Alternate Versions (Finding Wildflowers) disc and a live disc.