Album: Stone Temple Pilots (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the first song that Stone Temple Pilots released with Jeff Gutt behind the mic. The former X Factor finalist officially became the band's new lead singer on November 14, 2017. The announcement came nearly two years after the group first revealed they'd be holding open auditions for a new singer.
  • Guitarist Dean DeLeo told Billboard the music for this track was written and demoed even before Gutt auditioned for the group during September of 2016.

    "It was one of the songs we threw at Jeff when we started writing with him," DeLeo recalled. "We had that song tracked a little while back with Robert (DeLeo), Eric (Kretz) and myself, and we really threw (Gutt) right into the fire, man. We went to Robert's house and had the mic set up, like, 'OK, let's see what you got,' and ('Meadow') was one of the songs. He wrote a melody for it that day, along with about five other songs. It was very impressive."
  • Gutt recalled how the song clicked with him right away. "It was really raw in the beginning," he said. "More than anything I tried to feel the music and let the music tell me where to go, and I never really tried to force anything. I was just going for vibe, and it wasn't about the lyrics right away. I was just mumbling kind of a melody, but most of that is what we ended up keeping and it got the ball rolling and I put the lyric in afterwards. I tried to just really go with what was given to me, and that's what came out."

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