You Don't Know How It Feels

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"You Don't Know How It Feels"
Single by Tom Petty
from the album Wildflowers
B-side "Girl on LSD"
Released October 1994
Format CD, compact cassette, vinyl
Genre Rock
Length 4:49
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Tom Petty
Tom Petty singles chronology
"American Girl"
"You Don't Know How It Feels"
"You Wreck Me"

"You Don't Know How It Feels" is a song and the lead single from Tom Petty's 1994 album Wildflowers. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's known for its accordion solo and harmonica solo.[1]

MTV and many radio stations aired a censored version of "You Don't Know How It Feels," taking the word "roll" out of "let's roll another joint"[2] — although a version replacing the word "roll" with "hit" was also made.[3] Nevertheless, the music video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video in 1995.

Single track listings[edit]

  • "You Don't Know How It Feels"
  • "House in the Woods"
  • "Girl on LSD"

"Girl on LSD"[edit]

Petty originally intended the B-side of the single, "Girl on LSD," to appear on Wildflowers, but Warner Bros. refused because it was too controversial.[4] In the song Petty sings about being in love with multiple girls on different drugs: marijuana, cocaine, LSD, beer, crystal meth, china white (a slang term for heroin) and coffee. In the chorus Petty states: "Through ecstasy, crystal meth and glue/I found no drug compares to you/all these pills, all this weed/I dunno just what I need."


Chart (1994–95) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 3
UK Singles Chart 119
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 13
US Billboard Pop Songs[5] 8
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[5] 22
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1

End-of-year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1995) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 61


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Preceded by
"Interstate Love Song" by Stone Temple Pilots
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
December 31, 1994 - January 6, 1995
Succeeded by
"Better Man" by Pearl Jam