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."