Frontman MIKE HERRERA tells the stories behind each song on TUMBLEDOWN’s Empty Bottle.
Places In This Town
I wrote this while walking about five miles down some railroad tracks while on tour. It was our day off, and our bus was at a bus barn getting some repairs. So we had nothing better to do than walk. I guess I was “Waiting out my sentence, stumbling down the tracks.”
This is about caravanning from town to town, state to state. Seems like we buzz into each place like locusts and drink the bars dry. It passes the time, eases the pain.
Meet The Devil
There's always something or someone—good or bad—waiting around the next corner. You may have a feeling about it, but you never really know for sure. The lyric, “We meet the devil at the crossroads” is true for all of us. But for many of us, the crossroads is located on my left shoulder.
Arrested In El Paso Blues
This is a true story about us on tour, getting in and out of trouble the only way we've ever known—the hard way.
Great Big World
I'd like to write a verse about every place I've ever been, and this is a pretty good start. I gotta put one foot in front of the other because we got a long way to go, and we'll be passing through your town to get there.
She’s In Texas (And I’m Insane)
This is the first country song I wrote, and it's got a lot of meaning to me. My girl is from Texas, and that got me started writing songs about the union’s biggest state. I've never really stopped writing songs about Texas. That might be because, no matter what, she'll be part of it.
This is about running from the inevitable. No matter how far or how fast you run, you can't run away from yourself.
A Thousand More Times
This song is a look at the life of an entertainer—in the soft glow of the stage lights juxtaposed with the harsh, fluorescent reality that wait at the end of the night.
Dead Man Walking
There's starting to be a theme here. The more things change, the more they stay the same. I think we pretend to be searching for that “something” when we know all along that the answer is not gonna be what we want it to be. So it's better to keep searching for what you can never find than to find what you never wanted to begin with.
This is a down-on-your-luck story about life in every town, from here to the moon, to oblivion and back.
Drink To Forget
Love is the sickness and the cure—and so is the bottle.
Not Hung Over (A True Story)
Someone in our band can't admit when he is hung over, so this puke must have just gotten here all by itself. alt