Big Empty

Album: Purple (1994)
Charted: 50
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Songfacts®:

  • In this song, lead singer Scott Weiland lays out a series of images that form a vague story involving a car, a cigarette and a conversation. In our interview with Weiland, he explained that many of his lyrics are put together from various images that come to mind, and it's up to the listener to piece them together.

    In this song, the key line is "conversations kill" - the idea that a discussion with a loved one can quickly lead to ruin. When pressed about the meanings behind these lyrically obtuse tracks, Weiland would sometimes pass them off as superficial. He once said "Big Empty" was "About f--king in the back seat of your car."
  • Stone Temple Pilots wrote this song for the 1994 supernatural action movie The Crow, and it first appeared on the soundtrack (they liked the song enough to later include it on their own album, Purple). The song was originally titled "Only Dying," but when the star of the movie, Brandon Lee, was accidentally killed during filming, they changed the title out of respect for the actor.

    "Big Empty" won an MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie.
  • According to the album liner notes, while the bulk of Purple was recorded in March 1994 (coincidentally the month before Kurt Cobain killed himself), this song was recorded nearly a year earlier on May 25, 1993. The band played the song live when they appeared on MTV Unplugged in November 1993. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Adrian - Brookings, SD
  • One line in the second verse goes "Her name is what it means." This line is a bit of a pun, referring to the similarities between the words "heroin" (the drug) and "heroine" (a female hero). Scott Weiland was known for frequent drug use throughout his musical career. He is saying that heroin is his heroine, that drugs are his hero. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Aki - Sunrise, FL
  • This is one of the few STP singles to be released without a music video. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Seth - Hebron, KY

Comments: 18

  • Lynn from Monroe, La.Izzy from Dallas is spot on. Anyone with any degree of discernment can see it. First concert...Fox theatre Atlanta...on their Tiny music tour. Greatest performance I ever saw...and I've seen many... including Van Halen opening for the Stones(Some Girls Tour) 1978...also Boston, Heart, Halen, Blue Oyster Cult, Nazareth, etc...in the Superdome. Saw STP four times. Met Scott..and conversed for a while whilst on tour in Monroe..S.W. and Wildabouts. The Red Crested Rock God. Read his and the Ex's autobiographies. Happy in Galoshes is great (btw). STP has been the soundtrack of my soul ever since the Fox Theatre Show. Long Live Stone Temple Pilots!!!
  • John Wilkey from Lawrenceville, NjOnly Dying WAS the original track for The Crow soundtrack, but it is not the same song as Big Empty
  • John Lehmanthe song "the big empty" is about driving fast and drunk in montana and lieing about drug use. "her dizzy head is conscience laden". her is the drug. and conversations kill means the conversation in between law makers.
  • Izzy from DallasTo me this song is about suicide it's time to go to much
  • Bookbabe from New York, NyThis is "Angel of the Morning" from the point of view of a male heroin addict.
  • Brett from Avon Park , Flthis song though it ahd nothing to do with relationships helped me get through a hard breakup.... well it and staind.
  • Bret from Cleveland, OhUmmmm, this is the best song ever. If I'm at a dive bar, I have to hear this song. I just saw STP about 9 months ago, and they opened with this song.... AMAZING....

    Too bad Scott will never weigh over 75 lbs...
  • Nicholas Serro from Scottsdale, AzOne of Stone Temple Pilot's best songs. The lyrics are genius at approaching an "issue" of teenagers as seen by parents of using girls
  • Dan from Minneapolis, MnMy favorite stp song. Completely believe its about f***ing drunk girls in your car although I think he's having some remorse about it.Favorite line is "too much walkin shoes worn thin, too much trippin and my souls worn thin" been there
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InSure sounds like a dobro to me, but I could be wrong.
    Definitely a terrific song that didn't get nearly as much airplay as "Plush" or "Interstate Love Song."
  • G from Potomac, MdMarissa, hasn't he been on smack for all of his recordings?
  • Kali from Van Nuys, CaI met Scott at my job. His son was having a birthday party and I had the Greatest honor of being their Party Host :]
    He was pretty cool, I didn't really see him talk to anyone, he didn't even want to play Laser Tag! I mean...who wouldnt want to run around shooting a bunch of kids? Just kidding...
    Anyways...he was very polite when I asked him if he wanted a piece of cake though! LoL.

    I really wanted to talk to him and stuff but it was his kids bday party so I didn't want to take away from his time with his family.

    All I really wanted to say was...
    Big Empty is Such an amazing Song! I Love STP! <3
  • Kali from Van Nuys, CaI met Scott at my job. His son was having a birthday party and I had the Greatest honor of being their Party Host :]
    He was pretty cool, I didn't really see him talk to anyone, he didn't even want to play Laser Tag! I mean...who wouldnt want to run around shooting a bunch of kids? Just kidding...
    Anyways...he was very polite when I asked him if he wanted a piece of cake though! LoL.

    I really wanted to talk to him and stuff but it was his kids bday party so I didn't want to take away from his time with his family.

    All I really wanted to say was...
    Big Easy is Such an amazing Song! I Love STP! <3
  • Jeremy from Miramici, CanadaI think this song is about picking girls up in a bar, and after a while how the sex is meaningless. He keeps saying these conversations kill, and by that I think he means that he would like to fall in love and have a conversation with a girl to mean something, not just to get in her pants.....gotta love stp tho, beautiful song.
  • Marissa from Simsbury, Cti love this song. i'm only sorry that weiland made better music strung out on smack...gaahh.
  • Jake from Burke, VaBig Empty was featured in the movie "The Crow." Brandon Lee was killed while filming the movie.
  • Daniel from Springfield, MaWhen I play it on my Alvrez 12-String the whole room lights up on the chorus. Simply one of the most beautiful, anthemic choruses I've ever heard. I get teary eyed.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScNo comments? This I think, is one of STP's best. I like the sound of this song and the instrumentation. Is someone playing a doborogh on this track? If it is, that gives the song a bluesy feel. I like it.
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