This is a rather despondent song, where the singer feels he can't escape. Lead singer Scott Weiland
revealed that many of his lyrics were inspired by his battles with drug addiction and his personal demons.
A song about feeling that there's no escape titled "No Way Out" would have been very much the thoughts of lead man Weiland, having served time on drug charges. STP guitarist Dean DeLeo (who was also this song's co-writer), in an interview while Weiland was incarcerated, stated that in all probability "the judge saved his life."
Weiland's struggles continued, and the band had to cancel a planned tour to promote the album, which still sold over a million copies. He later recorded with Velvet Revolver and with his band, The Wildabouts, but was never able to shed his demons completely. On December 3, 2015, he was found dead on his tour bus.