RollingStone.com will be premiering Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension! album, one track at a time, in the weeks leading up to the November 6th release.
Aerosmith slow things down with some bittersweet emotion on "Tell Me," which begins with an acoustic guitar and the heartbroken voice of Steven Tyler lamenting a lost love: "I guess I have to accept it / I was never the one . . . Why was it there for me / but not for you?"
"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."