Tom Petty is dancing with the Catholic church in his next album â€œHypnotic Eye.â€
In new song titled â€œPlaying Dumb,â€ famed rocker Petty and his band the Heartbreakers — who together have produced classics such as â€œRunninâ€™ Down a Dream,â€ â€œFree Fallinâ€™â€ and â€œMary Janeâ€™s Last Danceâ€ — address their outrage with the churchâ€™s decade-long abuse scandal.
â€œFor every confession that wasnâ€™t on the level/For every man of God that lives with hidden devils,â€ Petty sings at one point.
â€œPlaying Dumbâ€ does not appear among the albumâ€™s 11 main tracks, but is included as a bonus song on Blu-Ray and vinyl editions.
In an interview with Billboard magazine, Petty said he did not intend to attack Catholics or religion in general. But the abuse scandal, however, has left him seeing it difficult for people to maintain their faith.
â€œIf I was in a club, and I found out that there had been generations of people abusing children, and then that club was covering that up, I would quit the club. And I wouldn’t give them any more money,â€ he told the magazine. [more]