Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart

Album: Tiny Music (1996)
Charted: 36

Songfacts®:

  • Scott Weiland said that this song "reflects my hunger for redemption." A key line in "I'm not dead and not for sale," which he later used as the title of his autobiography.

    Weiland took pride in his individuality, holding true to his ideals not matter the critical or financial cost. The scattershot lyrics reflect the turmoil in his life, but he's willing to own it. "Just let me be," he sings.
  • Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Kretz wrote most of the music for this track. The inspiration for his drum line was the Tower of Power song "What Is Hip?"
  • This has the longest title of any Stone Temple Pilots song. The full title never appears in the lyrics, but we do hear about a paper heart in the first line ("Don't cut out my paper heart), and "trip" shows up twice: "keep on trippin' anyway," "One more trip and I'll be gone."

    "Trip" has a dual meaning, as it can be a stumble or a drug trip.

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