Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton on 'Tell Me' – Track-by-Track Premiere
"Aerosmith slow things down with some bittersweet emotion on "Tell Me,” written by bassist Tom Hamilton ,... the first to include his own lyrics. He was inspired by an online course in lyric writing [Pat Pattison’s “Tools & Strategies," taught by Andrea Stolpe] from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Aerosmith's Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford both studied.
"I had these chord changes, and I thought maybe I could try writing lyrics," says Hamilton. "It was a whole new experience for me. The song is about lost love, but I've been married since I was 25 years old. My wife goes, 'What the hell do you know about that?' I was just evoking a feeling I had when I was a kid listening to the Beatles and the Stones – I always loved their lonely sounding songs."
Tyler heard "Tell Me" after basic tracks were done by the band, and was intrigued by Hamilton's words. "I don't know how you can put being not in love in such eloquent terms – we can argue about that later," Tyler says, turning to Hamilton. "It's just genius."… I was blown off my fuckin' perch."
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