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Tagged: Sex | Emptiness [suggest]

Song Released: 1994

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Big Empty Lyrics

drivin' faster in my car
falling farther from just what we are
smoke a cigarette and lie some more
these conversations kill
falling faster in my car

time to take her home
her dizzy head is conscience laden
time to take a ride
it leaves...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 8th 2017 report

    Its a song about a man, tired in a relationship. exhausted from working during his middle years to establish a new career, he is tired from running around trying to get things done. Probably married. There is a young "dizzy" girl he madly desires, so he is rushing through the day to make love to her at night. Her name is his drug. Her conscience is full of his needs, she understands him. They don't need conversation for their passion. These conversations kill he refers to his family and wife suspecting he is cheating and threatening him. He wants to warn her to act casual in front of others, to keep their love a secret, because if discovered it would have to end. Waiting too long means it took him so long to find the perfect soul to compliment his. Also the day becomes endless waiting for the night so they can be together. He fears losing her and wants to keep her hidden from scrutiny.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 1st report

    This song is definitely about heroin. The she in the song is the drug itself being both a heroine and the villian. The conversations are the internal battles that users have

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 15th 2022 report

    Verse 1 is about a man in a relation either getting to/coming back from an affair and their partner suspects this with their relationship falling apart due to it ("falling faster from just what we are"). There's an awkward confrontation ("conversations kill"), and even though it's blatant, the guy keeps denying it ("smoke a cigarette and lie some more")
    The chorus has a double meaning in that "take her home" is bringing the other girl to his house as well as taking her back to her place. She feels bad knowing that it's an affair ("her dizzy head is conscience laden"), but neither of them will talk about it ("no conversation"). "Time to wait too long" is about taking much longer in returning back to their partner.
    Verse 2 is about just how often he goes to visit the other girl and the morality from cheating ("Too much walking shoes worn thin" & "Too much tripping and my soul's worn thin"). "Her name is what it means", the association between her and that it's an affair.
    "Conversation kills" is connected with "to wait too long" him being confronted by his partner about it and their relationship falling more apart.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 20th 2021 report

    Scott said in interview that big empty is about ecstasy, and, him with a girl on ecstasy.... it was nothing but empty headed sex with her........

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 14th 2018 report

    Isn't it obvious friends?
    This tune is totally about a trip out of white plains New York in the best time Bryan adams life...

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  6. anonymous
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    May 2nd 2018 report

    I think the song is about date rape drugs wearing off while he takes her home and he cant have any conversation with her because he doesn't want to be caught but he wants so bad to wait too long so she'll wake up because hes falling in love with her during the drive

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  7. anonymous
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    Sep 5th 2017 report

    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. - No need to know

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 4th 2017 report

    Got his girl drunk and it didn't stick. Trying to get laid but her conscience won't let her give in. Conversation is killing his chances. He doesn't want conversation he wants sex. Smoking cigarettes and lie some more. Playing along with the conversation hoping he can score. It's not working. Time to take her home. Better luck next time. He's a little disappointed with his life now. This is what it's come to. Walking forever and never getting anywhere. Tripping so much that his souls worn thin. There's no turning back now though. He's gonna stay on this path. But he's done for the night. It's not gonna happen. Time to take her home. He'll try again maybe with another girl. This one is too good for what he wants.

  9. anonymous
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    May 30th 2017 report

    This song always remind's me of nights out at bars and when female's get so intoxicated that it's time to bring them home to safety or to your home.A time when the party is over and to be alone with someone or in bed.

  10. anonymous
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    Apr 11th 2017 report

    He's sees what every man eventually sees

  11. CarolineRose
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    Dec 22nd 2011 report

    Ha ha ha to the previous interpretation... funny one! Another "relationship going down the tubes fast" song; there's no conversion, it's just a "big empty"... her conscience is laden (what has she done? Played around? Shafted her best friend?) Whatever... but it's clear he's hittin' the road...

  12. anonymous
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    Dec 21st 2011 report

    This song was about how sex in the backseat of a car can ruin a relationship.

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