Song of the Day #3,238: ‘Sandcastles’ – Beyoncé vs. Tom Petty

Somewhere Tom Petty is slamming his fist against a table and crying out, “Why did I have to draw Beyoncé in the first round?!”

Mrs. Carter rules pop culture right now, musically, socially and politically, while Petty is a deeply respected classic rock dinosaur. Is it even a fair fight?

Well, I guess so, because I’m going with Tom Petty here. If this was Lemonade against almost any individual Petty album, I’d give the nod to Beyoncé, but looking at the complete body of work of each artist, I have to go with the guy responsible for Damn the Torpedoes, Full Moon Fever, Southern Accents and Wildflowers, not to mention a score of stellar singles from the rest of his albums.

Beyoncé’s last two albums are incredible works of art, expanding the medium in exciting new directions, but her work before that is hit or miss. So I reluctantly retire her in Round One, though I’m curious to see how my readers will vote on this one.

[Verse 1]
We built sandcastles that washed away
I made you cry when I walked away
And although I promised that I couldn’t stay, baby
Every promise don’t work out that way, oh, babe
Every promise don’t work out that way

[Verse 2]
Dishes smashed on my counter from our last encounter
Pictures snatched out the frame
Bitch, I scratched out your name and your face
What is it about you that I can’t erase, baby?
When every promise don’t work out that way, no no, babe
When every promise don’t work out that way

[Verse 3]
And your heart is broken ’cause I walked away
Show me your scars and I won’t walk away
And I know I promised that I couldn’t stay, baby
Every promise don’t work out that way, no no no no no
Every promise don’t work out that way

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,238: ‘Sandcastles’ – Beyoncé vs. Tom Petty

  1. Rob says:

    No contest in my humble opinion. Mr. Petty hands down.

  2. Dana says:

    I had assumed you might have gone with Beyoncé here. For me, though, this is an easy pick for Petty.

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    This was the competition I was most dreading when I looked through the standoffs. On one hand you have a Classic Rock God with Tom Petty and on the other you have one of the most innovative impressive artists of the decade who’s revolutionizing the music genre every day by putting out Visual Albums and Lemonade (which maybe includes every Genre there is). You made this an even harder decision by putting the most heart wrenchingly beautiful song on that album. Also one of the best songs about love in general in my opinion. Perhaps, I’ll get a lot of flack for this but I think I’m going to have to go with Beyoncé on this one. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is one of my favorite bands of all time no denying. “American Girl” is among my favorite songs. However, in terms of a true artist there’s only one Beyoncé. Whether it be Dire Straits or Electric Light Orchestra, there’s plenty of examples of amazing Classic Rock bands. Though I would consider Tom Petty the best of those bands, there is no box you can classify Beyoncé in. From her recent album, we see her music transcends genres and her powerful words ring true regardless if it’s a visual or music album. Beyoncé will be remembered as a legend in years to come similarly as some view Tom Petty now and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna be a part of letting Beyoncé lose again for an honor she deserves to win (I’m looking at you Adele)

  4. Madison says:

    Picking Tom Petty over Beyoncé is like picking Zootopia over Moana :p jk but I’m going with Beyoncé here for many of the reasons Daniel said. I think she’s become a master of so many genres in a way that Petty never did (even though his work is amazing and should be treasured too). It’d be nice to keep some women around in this contest too.

    • Clay says:

      If you guys had voted along with me for Tiff Merritt and Aimee Mann, we would have more women advancing!

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