Slash has revealed the unexpected inspiration behind his new single, Fill My World. Lifted from his upcoming album 4 with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, set to arrive February 11 via Gibson Records, according to the Guns N' Roses guitarist, the song was actually written from the perspective of a dog.
After writing and recording the riff for the song in the studio, Slash reveals that he was at first a little apprehensive about showing his creation to the rest of the band, due to its soft-centred sound.
Speaking in a press release, Slash noted "I thought, I don't know what the guys are going to think… Because it has a certain sentimental kind of feel to it. But I sent it to Myles, and he came back with these heartfelt lyrics.
"I thought it was about the loss we’ve all been suffering during this dark period, and then he told me it was about his dog. I said, ‘Well, you know, everybody has had somebody that they love affected by this, so…’"
Citing how the idea of writing a song from the perspective of the pet came about, vocalist Myles Kennedy explains, "So, I have this little Shih Tzu named Mozart – he tries to act all tough, but he's really not. And on one occasion we couldn't get home, our flight was delayed and there was a really intense storm over our house. We have one of those little camera systems to keep an eye on the dog when we can't be there, and we saw him just freaking out.
"It was heartbreaking to watch. It terrified the little guy. So, the narrative of the song is inspired by what I imagined he might have been thinking as it all went down. And his plea to us to come home.
"When you listen to it, it could apply to a relationship between humans. But I thought it was interesting, at least for me, to sing it from Mozart's perspective. And to be really honest, as I was singing the song in the studio, at one point you can hear my voice crack a little bit. It was getting to me. So, it's definitely sung from the heart. And I'm man enough to admit it!"
1. The River is Rising
2. Whatever Gets You By
3. C’est La Vie
4. The Path Less Followed
5. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
6. Spirit Love
7. Fill My World
8. April Fool
9. Call Off the Dogs
10. Fall Back to Earth