Lead vocalist Tim Pagnotta: "This was a song that started originally as a riff. The harmonic guitar sounds between the chord changes were originally there just help keep the timing during the performance. When I stopped playing it on an acoustic and started playing it on an electric I heard those harmonics as being a cool thing to fill in the spaces. This song was pieced together over time in sections. It was like putting a puzzle together."
Guitarist Marko 72 describes the theme of this song as "something about the idea of making huge changes in your life or in society, in hopes of finding something better."
Suggestion credit: Dan - Woodinville, WA, for above 2
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."