"Big Empty" as written by Dean Deleo, Robert Emile Deleo, Eric Kretz and Scott Richard Weiland....
Driving faster in my car
Falling farther from just what we are
Smoke a cigarette and lie some more
These conversations kill
Falling faster in my car

Time to take her home,
Her dizzy head is conscience laden
Time to take a ride it leaves today
No conversation
Time to take her home her dizzy head is
Conscience laden
Time to wait too long, to wait too long
To wait too long

Too much walking shoes worn thin
Too much trippin' and my soul's worn thin
Time to catch her ride it leaves today
Her name is what it means
Too much walking shoe worn thin
Time to take her home
Her dizzy head is conscience laden
Time to take a ride it leaves today
No conversation

Time to take her home her dizzy head is
Conscience laden
Time to wait too long, to wait too long
To wait too long

Conversations kill
Conversations kill
Conversations kill

Time to take her home,
Her dizzy head is conscience laden
Time to take a ride it leaves today
No conversation
Time to take her home her dizzy head is
Conscience laden
Time to wait too long, to wait too long
To wait too long

Conversations kill
Conversations kill
Conversations kill


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"Big Empty" as written by Dean Deleo Scott Weiland

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  • +6
    General Commenti think its about comin down and drivin home from a long night of craziness and stressful times and reflecting back on all you have said and done.
    Ciyaak Boyon June 11, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General CommentWell, I've done some investigation into various music magazines, websites, etc. and I came across an article that featured Scott Weiland saying he wrote this song about his band being on tour for so long and being ready to just quit and go home for some well-deserved rest.

    "Drivin' faster in my car
    falling farther from just what we are"
    -He tells of how he feels his band has begun to lose sight of it's original purpose, and become more pop-rock, something the band has been accused of numerous times.
    "smoke a cigarette and lie some more
    these conversations kill
    falling faster in my car "
    -emphasizes the previous line, finds himself to be selling out to the industry.
    "Time to take her home
    her dizzy head is conscience laden
    time to take a ride
    it leaves today no conversation"
    -the band is becoming disallusioned, exhausted mentally, physically, and emotionally. Him "taking a ride" could be a possible reference to drugs, Weiland was known to be a heavy user.

    "To much walkin', shoes worn thin
    too much trippin' and my soul's worn thin
    time to catch a ride
    it leaves today, her name is what it means
    to much walkin', shoe's worn thin"
    -Their To much walkin, shoes worn thin shows their heavy roaming, touring, etc. and how they are exhausted and feel they have been pushed to their limits. Her name is what it means refers to the name of the band.

    And there you have it.
    The Fallen Angelon January 02, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about drugs. "These conversations kill" applies to being sober. "Time to take a ride" means he wants to do drugs again to get away from it all. He's thinking about all of this while driving in his car. So when he says "take her home" he might not be talking about a girl at all, instead talking about getting high. "her name is what it means" could apply to the name of a drug.

    Then again it could just be about a girl.
    ReverendKon December 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always figured it was about general regret: regret about drugs, about relationships gone bad, abortions, lying, stealing, cheating, everything that goes with those things, and being so exhausted by the shitty things you've done that you're beyond the point of talking, you're beyond conversation and trying to understand yourself and other people and all the bad choices you've made.

    All that is left to do is smoke a cig, drive home from whatever pit of hell you just escaped, keep on existing. Thus, the Big Empty.
    Mendalusa77on December 04, 2015   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIdk, but im kinda thinkin its bout him, pickin up a prostitute, give her a ride back, havin that awkward trip. Too much walking, shoes worn thin? because a prostitute is always on foot, her shoes are wearing thin?
    DarkinsideFakeoutsideon September 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe best interpretation of this song - I don't know if anyone has said this yet.

    This song is about a dude who tries to bring home some girl that he found stupid enough to want to come with him, and he feels that she may notice that he is a creep (and could potentially date rape her), and she may not want to go upstairs with him. The narrator is thinking that the more they talk, the less she may want to do it, thus "Drivin' faster in my car," and "These conversations kill," and the line "Her dizzy head is conscious laden," is showing the fact that she has a conflict in her mind of whether or not to go with him (and it may show that she is not the smartest girl of all time, maybe a bit trashy).
    "Time to catch her ride it leaves today," shows that maybe by the next day she will not want to be anywhere near him, and she'd have made up her mind and left.

    If you read the lyrics after reading this comment, you will see.
    Brosephinaon May 06, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is probably actually just about sleeping around in the back of a car like Weiland says, but I like to relate it to drug issues. For Weiland that would be his heroin use. The line "her name is what it means" could relate to the pun of heroin and heroine, implying heroine is Scott's hero. I think a lot of other lines suggest Weiland's heroine issues. On a personal level I relate it to my personal use of LSD (since I don't mess with "hard" drugs like heroin). I like to think the line "too much trippin' and my soul's worn thin" suggests the wearing down of the soul after a bad lsd trip, or implies how the soul a person and their perception changes so much due to lsd use (either positively or negatively). Love this song, one of my favorite by STP.
    johnrm5357on January 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is the complete break up song. It seems to fit and it's one of their best.
    Revolver101on May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really enjoy this song - its very mellow and laid back for an stp song, especially the intro...great lyrics too.
    WishYouWereHereon October 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWeiland (lead singer of STP) said in a concert, the song's about 'fuckin in the back seat of a car' and if you listen to the lyrics pretty much everything can be related to that
    Unglued582on March 04, 2003   Link

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