Lead singer Steven Tyler wrote this song during the Winter of 1973, inspired by the winter landscape around the house he was living in with drummer Joey Kramer in Needham, Massachusetts. Tyler explained in the Aerosmith autobiography Walk This Way
: "I used to lie in my bed at dawn, listening to the wind in the bare trees, how lonely and melancholy it sounded. I was pissed off about my taxes and getting mad helps me to write, so one night I went down to the basement where we had a rug on the floor and a couple of boxes for furniture and took a fun Tuinals and a few Seconals and I scooped up this guitar Joey gave me, this Dumpster guitar, and I lit some incense and wrote 'Seasons of Wither.'"
In Bruce Pollock's interview with Steven Tyler
, he added some details to the this story. If Tyler thought his tax bill was bad then, it was a real kick in the teeth when he started making big
money. His bill for 1976 was $680,000. And that guitar Kramer got from the trash? Tyler says, "It could only take four strings because the neck was bowed. You could shoot arrows with it."