Kacey Musgraves Dropped Acid to Write “Slow Burn” | Diary of a Song


“Hello.” “Hey.” “My hair — I
crimped it, and it feels like a [bleep] poodle. It’s really fluffy.” [playing guitar] (singing) “I’m all
right with a slow burn. Taking my time,
let the world turn.” “The song is definitely one
of my most personal, for sure.” (singing) “I’m
gonna do it my way. It’ll be all right. If we burn it down and
it takes all night.” “Country songs,
historically, have always been about real life;
they’ve been story songs. That’s what I love the most
about the roots of the genre. I came up with the chorus
on a spiritual journey, so to speak.” “O.K.” “Yeah. And I think anything
that, like, puts me or any human
outside of their, like, egotistical
state of living is a really healthy
thing every now and then — in moderation, obviously.” “Do you mind if I ask if
it was mushrooms or LSD?” “It was LSD. Yeah. [laughs] And I was just
sitting on my front porch thinking. And I was just like,
man, I love a slow burn. And I was like, that can apply
to so many areas in my life. That can apply to,
like, relationships, you know, a good drink. You sip on a glass of
wine for a long time. You savor it. You really enjoy,
like, the journey. You don’t rush to
the finish line. It did open my
mind a little bit and make me kind of take a
step back and, like, really think about where I am,
and what I want, and just kind of
the world around us and the crazy time
that we live in.” “That’s a very acid thought.” “Yeah. Yeah. It kind of is.” “She had said that she wanted
to do something called ‘Slow Burn.’ I like writing title
first because it can be that kind of keystone.” “What mood were you thinking
when you heard the title ‘Slow Burn’?” “I guess I kind of imagined
immediately kind of being out west or somewhere
out near some mountains where you could get a
vast sense of landscape.” “Ian and I started to
mess with a little bit of a backdrop
that you might be able to paint that
kind of idea across.” “Testing” [guitar] “What was her
initial reaction?” “It wasn’t, Oh,
my God, you guys, this is so amazing. It was like, Yeah,
that’ll work. Let’s see what we
can do with that.” “I felt like, I don’t know. It made sense. It gave me this feeling of,
like, all the old Neil Young songs that I grew
up listening to. They were kind of
roaming around the room, strumming, while I
was trying in my head the little verses that
I had come up with.” “She likes to doodle a lot. So she will
hand-write the lyrics with a lot of people who
are just on their phones.” (singing) “Born in a
hurry, always late. Haven’t been early since ’88.” “That’s me poking
fun at myself, because I was born
a month early. I came on the day of
my mom’s baby shower. I mean, I always
have loved to party.” (singing) “Good in a
glass, good on green. Good when you’re puttin’
your hands all over me.” “That’s talking about a good
drink, or like a good joint, whatever. That’s in reference to green.” (singing) “I’m all
right with a slow burn. Taking my time, let
the world turn.” “I had a pretty complex idea
of an arrangement, just kind of some interweaving slightly
Eastern-sounding feelings.” “I was playing the bass, and I was just
playing some sort of spaceship kind of licks. And then later, we
added some strings, where there’s a bit of, like,
almost an Indian motif. I like anything
that sounds Asian. I like that.” “I just wanted to
feel like it opened up into canyon-scape images.” “I do remember thinking, Well,
I think that’s pretty good. But you don’t know how other
people are going to react.” “I was like, it just feels
like it’s trying too hard. Let’s, like, delete, like,
literally half of them. I like going, O.K.,
erase, erase, erase. I didn’t want people to
listen to this record and be like, O.K.,
where is she? Like, she just got weird for
the hell of it, you know.” “She would let us put
a lot on the table, and then she would remove
as it felt necessary.” “That has earned the nickname
the Ax Man in studio. They’d be, like, playing
a part, and they’d be like, ‘Doesn’t
matter anyway, she’s just going to
come in and delete it.’” “You know, I’ll be honest. There were some things I
was hoping would make it but didn’t.” “Like, sorry. I have to: It’s a [bleep] slow burn!” (singing) “It’s a slow burn. You know the bar
down the street don’t close for an hour. We should take a walk and
look at all the flowers.” “My husband just pointed
out the other day, you say the sun’s going down. And then in the next line, you
say the bar down the street don’t close for an hour. He’s like, wouldn’t
it be like way later if they were
closing in an hour? I was like, It ain’t
supposed to be literal.”


100 Responses

  1. OptimistHunter Reel

    December 19, 2018 3:44 pm

    I literally just got into Kacey yesterday and I'm already obsessed. Her and Maren Morris forces you to love country music, which I usually don't listen to.

  2. pikanoob

    December 22, 2018 2:13 am

    I am amazed that everyone here is perfectly ok with this guy doing the bare minimum. dude literally just facetimes people and records it. 9 year old youtubers put more effort in.

  3. Dawn Bennett

    January 2, 2019 6:43 pm

    Love it! I so enjoyed the music waves, peaks and valleys on this little tape…it is a slow burn for sure.. Love it!!!

  4. Crushi .Music, Art & Love.

    January 17, 2019 11:17 pm

    I would hope you would adopt a puppy. Especially a poodle or a golden doodle or anything wiht a poodle. LSD freaked me the frux out.

  5. Jock Marais ASMR

    February 12, 2019 5:55 am

    I’d love to hear that trippier version. I love the song but don’t get all the hype for it. The sparse production makes the song more boring, I think if she added more lush production, I’d feel it even more.

  6. Fastguitars

    February 13, 2019 11:18 pm

    Actually it was Faith Hill's "This Kiss" that turned Country Music "Trippy"…. and that was about 21 yrs ago. So, you are a bit slow to the race, but no biggie.

  7. elliot

    February 14, 2019 12:15 pm

    country music used to be about being a rebel against social norms which is why artists like Johnny Cash were so successful. Country music recently has become very confirmative and a lot of it sounds the same or talks about the same things. Kacey may not have too much of a different sound but her music is more creative. Her lyrics and subject matter also differ a lot more to the modern country music. I mean listen to ‘Follow your arrow’ that was a complete rebellious act for a country artist to do but it was against the genre itself. I know tons of people hate country music cause they look at the surface but deep down there’s some amazing artists and history to it. I’ve always loved artists like Johnny Cash but artists like Kacey are making me give it more of a chance.

  8. 1755ma

    February 14, 2019 4:07 pm

    LSD. Druggie. She's great but the drugs will ruin your creativity and your career.

    My son did LSD and he ruined his vision permanently. One time. You never know what's gonna happen this time.

  9. Shablé

    February 17, 2019 4:22 pm

    This song when she literally sings slow burn, it's like she's searching for another native American chant inside the chorus, like dolly would do in some of her ballads. The eastern sound meshes well, like Hindu or middle East Arabic mix would be cool. She is the type of chick that would love throat singing, and I would love to hear her response to the Mongolian the hu band yuve yuve yu

  10. Brandi Weber

    February 18, 2019 2:02 am

    .. trip or no trip, give credit where credit is due. This lyrics may be Kacey's but the sound belongs to The Verve Lucky Man.

  11. Zidane ZiZu

    February 19, 2019 8:11 am

    Why on earth would she risk end health and career at this stage by taking LSD ?!? Then tell the world !?!?

  12. Lyricallynn

    February 23, 2019 2:28 pm

    so shocked to hear her say that some of her lyrics are written under the influence of LSD….not organic so now they don't count and btw isn't it illegal? Wow! Sad and shameful! Bad role model!

  13. Glaucio87 Glaucio86

    February 26, 2019 12:31 am

    Mad respect to Kacey for being willing to try a hallucinogen and being able to craft the theme of an album out of it. On top of that she's willing to be transparent about the fact that she even used the drug in society where it is taboo and often demonized. Love her.

  14. ForgetMeNot

    March 2, 2019 9:51 pm

    I felt it from the start that slow burn and Mother are somehow inspired from A.R.Rehman kind of indian music


    April 2, 2019 9:14 pm

    They should release the version with Ian's arrangements that didn't make the final cut of the song.

  16. Connor Amlee

    April 3, 2019 10:37 pm

    "Trippy"? "Weird"????? This was the most basic stuff ever?????? He was doing the absolute bare minimum to be original and she just NOPED all that away.

  17. ForgetMeNot

    April 12, 2019 4:02 pm

    Omg idiots where is that acoustics version you cut and then played in background and the initial recorded version… Where is the full video. Even the cutaway at the end seems like a butchered interview. Stop doing this. Stop being Jimmy Kimmel to the star.


    April 22, 2019 12:49 am

    Shoulda kept the strings very good idea forming I would have kept them and altered them not to sound like coldplay ish

  19. Alexis

    May 1, 2019 6:35 am

    i think it was a good call to tone down the song. what i love about it is the simplicity, one of those amazing songs you think “wow how did anyone not think of this yet”

  20. Anthony P. Ramirez ll

    May 2, 2019 1:13 am

    Perfect opening track for this album. Such a Beautiful and one of my favorite songs.XX

  21. Lucy Abbott

    May 4, 2019 11:33 am

    Anyone else think it's super creepy when the guy's eyes get really big "I like anything ASIAN!" ….creeepyyyy dude

  22. Arif Besar

    May 8, 2019 12:54 pm

    used to think the grammys were no better than like the billboard music awards or something. yknow, a bs popularity contest. but then she won album of the year. it was the first time i ever heard of her. gave golden hour a listen and boooooiiiii…ive never been in love, not sure what it feels like, but i think i have a faint idea now

  23. Club Astro Transcendental Motor

    May 9, 2019 6:31 pm

    So, she didn’t write it? She had people write it for her and then she chose what to keep? That’s not a musician, that’s an editor.

  24. csilt

    May 10, 2019 2:28 am

    I'm surprised Kacey or no one else has mentioned the obvious influence
    of Beck on this song. Both the vibe, production and recording are
    reminiscent of his albums Sea Change and Morning Phase

  25. katie r

    May 10, 2019 6:13 am

    When I first heard this song about over a year ago, being that this was the first song on the track, I immediately feel in loove with it. This song can take you to a whole other place. Even more magical in concert.

  26. bbhomebody

    May 10, 2019 5:13 pm

    Oh wow, I was so sure Slow Burn was a nice mellow joint! It's still one of my absolute faves!!! 💖👍😀

  27. Anna R

    May 11, 2019 3:47 pm

    it's funny to me how much drugs were involved in this song cause I just didn't associate with it at all lol. THE MORE U KNOW

  28. Tess

    May 11, 2019 6:17 pm

    3:43 this is pretty cool tho but the original is soo good holy crap one of my top 10 fav songs 🤤

  29. lydia1234567

    May 11, 2019 7:53 pm

    I didn't realize she wasn't the main writer on these songs. Took a look at the album listings, and she's the third writer on most of the songs.

  30. Brandon Barber

    May 11, 2019 10:45 pm

    Nice talent, too bad she is overproduced. She could be a great raw outlaw country star.

  31. Alexandra Z

    May 12, 2019 7:23 pm

    too bad that she needs to take drugs to get inspiration while there are so many beautiful things in the world and beyond to be inspired about. and she promotes it and doesnt feel sorry about it the least bit. wont listen anymore, buhbyeeee!

  32. Lesley Juarez

    May 13, 2019 1:31 am

    kacey musgraves is a genius musician. what a time to be alive and to get to appreciate her music

  33. angel bernardino

    May 13, 2019 3:32 pm

    Oh god I love her!!! Thanks for your support of the LGBT community, Kasey❤❤❤

  34. I Don't Know Elisa

    May 13, 2019 6:47 pm

    ngl after tripping out it does feel like a slow burn, thats how it felt with dmt but for hours on end and then waking up the day after

  35. Sibrena Merriam

    May 14, 2019 12:07 am

    The first time I heard this tune I got chills and I’ve been trying to figure out why it feels like something from the past and when Kacey said it felt a little like Neil Young it all made sense. That is exactly the vibe the song has.

  36. WhiteBoyWithAnIpod

    May 14, 2019 4:00 am

    She looks like a failed kim Kardashian but sings like a little white girl

  37. The Nimble Ninja

    May 14, 2019 9:02 am

    She was afraid to turn off her close minded country music fans instead of being a true artist and doing what you like and pushing the envelope.

  38. Steve Fortuna

    May 15, 2019 1:54 am

    If ever a woman NEEDED acid to look inside and find nothing there, it would be this shallow, unenlightened ditz.

  39. maddymud

    May 21, 2019 3:10 am

    I liked the "Within You Without You" George Harrison vibe they had going for a bit. Wish she hadn't Axed all that.

  40. Anna Tairova

    May 22, 2019 9:43 am

    I loooooove Billie`s voice and my favorite songs are "When the party`s over" and "Ilomilo". But I`m 36 and classical music fan, so it is really hard for me to hear those "scary" noises and to see those teen strange videos. I just listen and flow. I wish Billie someday grew older and will start to do something more interesting than "Let`s just scare them all".

  41. roch reech

    May 27, 2019 4:32 pm

    I totally understand the Strings and complex arrangement I wish it was as epic but she changed it blaa 🙁 but its her so ✴

  42. lexi rogers

    May 29, 2019 4:32 pm

    i really want her to release the original as like a bonus track its sounds really interesting and i feel like it could change the whole meaning of the song

  43. Ken Ray Wilemon

    August 10, 2019 2:27 am

    how far we've come. More than a little angry that LSD and weed were so intensely criminalized when I was younger. Evil power mongers making laws to limit others yet now we see Grammy winners freely using and admitting it. So many lives limited or even ruined by stupid evil laws.

  44. Cary Ulmer

    September 1, 2019 4:43 pm

    Not sure what I think about her. The song sounds good, but the whole LSD thing seems immature to me but maybe that's because I'm old enough now to be past that phase in my life. It was time I can never get back in my life & in the bigger scheme of life I can see now wasn't really valuable, so I see it now as time wasted, but that's just my opinion.


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