"Something In The Air" as written by and John Keen....
Call the instigator
Because there's something in the air
We've got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution's here

And you know it's right
And you know that it's right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

Run through the fields and houses
Because there's something in the air
We've got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution's here

And you know it's right
And you know that it's right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

Call out the instigator
Because there's something in the air
We've got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution's here

And you know it's right
And you know that it's right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now


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"Something in the Air" as written by John Keen

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    General CommentYou have to hear the Thunderclap Newman version to get a feel for the staccato piano in it. Also, Petty leaves out the lines, "Hand out the arms and ammo, we're going to blast our way through here." Although violent in its imagery, this lyric more accurately reflects the 60s, with Vietnam, the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and MLK; the violence found in anti-war groups like the Weather Underground, Dewey Canyon III, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and the Black Panthers.
    matt605on June 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I first heard in the movie Kingpin and had no idea who sang, but a stumbled upon it later while listening to random Tom Petty songs.
    alty6905on April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis isnt a Tom Petty song...this was Thunderclap Newman...nice song nonetheless.
    JeffJRD23on April 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt is a Tom Petty song. That is a lie.
    magnifikoon November 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentNo, it's a Thunderclap Newman song. Petty did a cover of it years after its original release.
    I prefer the Thunderclap Newman version, personally, but Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are far better all around.
    Jake16on July 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah Thnderclap Newman's original version was good, and Tom Petty made an equal match! Great cover
    Tempus Fugiton March 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI dig this song, seems really Beatles-inspired both lyrically and musically. I've yet to hear the original version, but Tom's cover is dandy.
    Bigson August 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAndy 'Thunderclap' Newman was a friend of Pete Townshend's from art school, and it was Townshend who put the band Thunderclap Newman together to record songs by John 'Speedy' Keen, the Who's roadie. (Did all these people have nicknames?) Their version of Something In The Air was number one in the UK for three weeks in 1969 - I remember seeing them do it on Top of The Pops.
    treefrogdemonon September 14, 2011   Link

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