Merchant explained the song's meaning in an interview with The Diane Rehm Show: "It's about surrendering desire and craving and control and expectations. It's about opening to the void. It's about liberation. It's about transformation. It's about seeing the emptiness as in some way magnificent."
When asked if this is related to the Buddhist precept of the renunciation of earthly attachments, Merchant, who was raised in a Roman Catholic household, replied: "I think that craving is still there for some sort of spiritual path but I talk about also in the song of giving up the whole idea of the notion of having a master or a teacher or any particular codified creed. It's that struggle that goes on inside of all of us. You know, trying to remove all the distractions that prevent us from daily, moment by moment, living in the realization that it's a miracle that we even exist."
Gerald Edgar Derousse Jr. from Deep. In The Forest Of Northern Michigan. 20 JanTigger Lilly released my spirit from bondage Of hopelessness. 59 with an incurable disease. Had it 23 years, slow painful years Let peace rule your soul. Love be the deciding factor in all you do say and think. Truly one of God's own creation. I'll hear your voice during my home going.
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."