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Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs

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My Last Cigarette


George Papavgeris 09 May 09 - 07:02 AM
George Papavgeris 09 May 09 - 07:14 AM
Stringsinger 09 May 09 - 10:15 AM
fumblefingers 09 May 09 - 06:20 PM
Bluegrassman 09 May 09 - 07:41 PM
George Papavgeris 09 May 09 - 09:50 PM
Allen in Oz 10 May 09 - 07:03 PM
McGrath of Harlow 11 May 09 - 07:06 PM
GUEST,janet 09 Jun 09 - 06:56 AM
GUEST,guest 24 Sep 09 - 01:10 PM
GUEST,guest 27 Dec 09 - 12:37 PM
Donuel 28 Dec 09 - 11:48 AM
GUEST 28 Dec 09 - 12:44 PM
GUEST,BF 01 Jan 10 - 12:51 PM
Jim Dixon 07 Jan 10 - 02:50 PM
An Buachaill Caol Dubh 08 Jan 10 - 11:33 AM
mousethief 31 Jan 10 - 11:24 PM
GUEST 28 Jul 10 - 03:31 PM
GUEST 14 Sep 10 - 03:49 AM
Jim Dixon 11 Nov 11 - 09:52 AM
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 09 May 09 - 07:02 AM

My first reaction was to cut you some slack, Bob - and that might have remained so despite the 13 postings (11 of them identical, with no attempt to "topicalise" them, which shows some serious disregard for others!).

But your statement that you "write traditional British songs" (in your posting on the traditional song thread) went beyond disregard and risibleness to being downright offensive. A quick apology might cover it.

I still support your right to promote yourself. But not to cover me with thoughtless blanket marketing that treats me like a fool.

We are not sheep, Bob. I would have said "Put that in your pipe and smoke it", but given your strong feelings on the subject perhaps I won't.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 09 May 09 - 07:14 AM

By the way - good song, and good voice (on MySpace).
Maar, wat doet jij in Antwerpen, een van de mooiste staden in het wereld? De groeten aan het Schelde!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: Stringsinger
Date: 09 May 09 - 10:15 AM

longhair,

I don't like perfume either but it doesn't cause cancer and lung damage.

Anyone defending smoking today is living in the Dark Ages.

Frank


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: fumblefingers
Date: 09 May 09 - 06:20 PM

Jimmy Martin did one called "I Can't Quit Cigarettes" I'll look for the words, but first I'm goin' for a smoke.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'LL DO MY SMOKING IN THE RAIN (parody)
From: Bluegrassman
Date: 09 May 09 - 07:41 PM

Here is a good song to sing in the Leper Colony on a cold wet night to the tune of the Everly Brothers, I`ll do my crying in the rain.


I'LL DO MY SMOKING IN THE RAIN


I'll never let you see
The way my coughing lungs are hurting me
I got my pride and I know how to hide
Every nicotine stain
I'll do my smoking in the rain

Slip out in stormy skies
Then smoke and cough till I get tears in my eyes
Where I have been looks like a disaster scene
Just cigarette butts remain
I do my smoking in the rain

I love you more than heaven
But our relationship is never enough
So when we are together
I pray for stormy weather
I hide the packet and go out for a puff.

Someday when my coughing is done
I'll wear a minty smile and walk in the sun.
I may be a fool
but till the end darling you 'll
Never see me complain
I'll do my smoking in the rain.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 09 May 09 - 09:50 PM

A wonderful parody, even if I say so myself... Has it really been two years (June 2007) since the smoking ban in England?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 10 May 09 - 07:03 PM

Not really applicable to this thread, but readers might be interested to learn that the wonderful contribution made by cigarette companies in Australia to the World War 2 effort was to give free cigarettes to the armed forces. Thus ensnaring an entire generation to smoking . Very clever. Nice chaps.

Allen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 May 09 - 07:06 PM

Curious the difference in attitudes when it comes to activities a minority of people enjoy which carry a certain risk to health. I mean, if someone had started a thread asking for "Anti-gay-sex songs"...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: GUEST,janet
Date: 09 Jun 09 - 06:56 AM

might as well give up now cos heavens a smoke free zone


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 01:10 PM

(from oldtime song Greasy Coat)
-- I don't drink
I don't smoke
I don't wear no greasy coat

I don't smoke and I don't chew
I don't go out with girls that do

(it's a great fiddle tune and song)


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Subject: Lyr Add: SMOKERS ARE SCUM (C. Denney)
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 27 Dec 09 - 12:37 PM

Smokers Are Scum;         12-25-09, by C.Denney
(a holiday song; gentle commentary on one of the obvious perils of street performing)

I play the street fairs
I play from the heart
fiddle and guitar
and squeezebox for art
we play for the old folk
we play for the bums
but we don't play for smokers
cause smokers are scum
smokers are scum
smokers are scum
they know they're addicted
they know smoking's dumb
they know that exposure
is deadly to us
but they're hoping we're stupid
and won't make a fuss

smokers are addicts
they know smoking kills
they're too frigging lazy
to smoke somewhere else
what's the big problem
with walking away
I wish their smoking
would kill them today
smokers are fools
smokers are fools
they shill for tobacco
like industry tools
making us share
their addiction's a farce
take your stupid cigarette
and shove it up your arse

don't light up near me
because if you do
I got a squirt-gun
and my aim is true
folks think they're helpless
but I say they're not
pick up some bug spray
give smokers a shot
smokers are stupid
and ugly and dumb
smokers expose you
cause they think it's fun
they won't smoke elsewhere
because it's too tough
smoking will kill them
but not fast enough

(bridge)
it gets in your clothing
it gets in your hair
cause asthma cause cancer
but smokers don't care
the deep inconvenience
of walking away
it too hard for smokers and
that's why I say

pick up some bug spray
some air freshener too
don't let a smoker
light up next to you
their rights have ended
where your lungs begin
pick up your squirt-gun
and baby you win
they'll poison your street gig
they'll poison your lungs
they won't put on patches
or just chew some gum
they're screwed-up and stupid
and ugly and dumb
they'll poison their mothers
cause smokers are scum
(coda)
be glad it's just bug spray
instead of a gun (…hold…)
they'll poison their mothers
cause smokers are scum


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 11:48 AM

old tobacco, that old tobacco
it just keeps killin
cuz folks are willin
to keep on smokin
they keep on smokin away.

phlegm they're coughin, could fill a coffin
They'll burn your house down
from ash they're droppin
that old tobacco
just keeps killin away.


Buy those smokes, and you will choke
You'll get a cancer
that ain't no hoax
smoke or chew, they'll both kill you
Get a little drunk and the heart fails too-ooo.


old tobacco, that old tobacco
it just keeps killin
cuz folks are willin
to keep on smokin
they keep on smokin away.




( a few words I threw together to the tune of Old Man River.)

best sung by a countra bass with a cough.

PS smokers are neither stupid or scum.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 12:44 PM

Smokers who smoke in street fairs near other people are scum- the song makes the context clear in the first verse.


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Subject: Lyr Add: NON-SMOKER'S LIBERATION FRONT ANTHEM
From: GUEST,BF
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 12:51 PM

Freeman and Lange's "Non-Smoker's Liberation Front Anthem" (only available on LP other than a bootleg Japanese CD)

Keep on smokin' that cigarette you crazy fool
Keep on suckin' that Salem, blow a Camel, kiss a Kool
You're a man of distinction, a guy with real charm
But your breath smells worse than your underarm, so
Keep on smokin' that cigarette you crazy fool

Why should you give a damn about cancer, we all gotta go some time
It's OK for you to ruin your lungs but why won't you spare me mine
That factory on the corner is pollutin' the air
But you can't smell it so why the hell should you care, you
Keep on smokin' that cigarette you crazy fool

Keep on doin' your consumin' best for the good old USA
Keep those black folks workin' in the fields, drawin' a dollar a day
Now American Tobacco Co and Liggett and Myers
They're all good men so baby light those fires and
Keep on smokin' that cigarette you crazy fool

Now if we ask you not to smoke please don't think we're mean
'Cause every mother knows that suckling babes eventually need to be weaned
So for your next nicci-fit take a stick of dried beef
You can chew it, you can suck it and it won't stain your teeth, or
Keep on smokin' that cigarette you crazy fool


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Subject: Lyr Add: WITH MEN WHO KNOW TOBACCO BEST
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 02:50 PM

This song is a sequel, apparently, to SMOKE! SMOKE! SMOKE! (THAT CIGARETTE), which was written by Merle Travis and Tex Williams, and recorded by Tex Williams. The lyrics have been posted above. The verse is recited in exactly the same rhythm as the earlier song. The chorus, however, is adapted a bit to squeeze more syllables into each line. You can hear this song at http://78records.cdbpdx.com/. (Follow instructions on that page to get to the "main music page.")


WITH MEN WHO KNOW TOBACCO BEST
Written by Lou Busch and Charles Hayes
As recorded by Tex Williams and His Western Caravan, on Capitol 40276, circa 1949-50.

1. Now I heard tell about a guy who smoked
So doggone much he up and croaked,
And now he's restin' six feet underground.
He'd stop a red-hot poker game,
A pettin' party with a beautiful dame,
To light a cigarette to calm him down.
I used to be just like that guy.
I had to have a smoke or die.
For nicotine, I'd even hock my boots.
But then I stopped. I'd had enough.
I vowed I'd taken my last puff.
I found a brand-new brand that really suits.

CHORUS: With men who know tobacco best, it's women two to one.
Ask any man who's made the test which product gets the gun,
And if this fellow's a manly guy,
You can bet your shirt that he'll reply:
"With men who know tobacco best, it's women two to one."

2. Now I was quite a connoisseur.
I knew tobacco, that's for sure.
I tried most ever' kind of nicotine.
I've smoked a pipe, a cigar too,
Some tailor-mades, and rolled a few,
And as a kid I smoked the coffee bean.
But then I met a man one day,
His face was old, his hair was gray,
And upon his frame his clothes so loosely hung.
He listened to me brag awhile
'Bout cigarettes, then with a smile,
He said, "My boy, get wise while you're still young."

3. While sittin' in a bar one night,
I asked a lady for a light.
My cigarette had gone and lost its flame.
She looked at me from head to toe,
Said, "I don't smoke, but goodness knows
I just love to play those parlor games."
I said, "No, thanks, I'd rather smoke."
And then and there I thought she'd choke,
But then she started smilin' with delight.
I moved to leave. She said, "Sit still."
And as she moved in for the kill,
Said, "Son, I've got good news for you tonight."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 11:33 AM

Yes, George Papavgeris, and smoking was banned in public places a year earlier, in Scotland; earlier still in Ireland, though as one common amendment to billposters advertising this has it, "It is illegal to smoke [tobacco] on these premises".



Come all ye good folk who can take a good joke,
Cast a coin in the poke as I'm strumming the lyre:
While I sing, ye may smoke all ye like, till ye choke:
Like a "pig going to hoke", or to rowl in the mire,
Take a last, fiery drag of a dirty ould fag
Till ye cough like a hag and ye spit oan the flair --
Till the Western horizon is grey wi' the poison,
Like incense arisin', when Priests are at prayer.


(First verse of a song "commemorating" these bans; "like a pig going to hoke", or dig, is a proverbial way of saying someone is absolutely determined to do something, no matter how ill-advised, and will not be dissuaded or prevented).


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Subject: Lyr Add: LUNG CANCER (Randy Stonehill)
From: mousethief
Date: 31 Jan 10 - 11:24 PM

I always wonder that the old dears that gave us prohibition never turned their sights on tobacco. What a much more productive interlude that might have been.

Short but sweet:

Lung Cancer
Randy Stonehill

she went down to the corner store
and bought a pack of filter kings
don't you know tomorrow she'll be back for more
'cause she really loves to smoke those things

and every time that she inhales
a cloud of that cigarette smoke
she's just one step closer to the man in black
and sixty cents closer to broke

and she's working on

lung cancer, emphysema, a cardiac arrest
and she'll probably have a stroke when see sees
the x-rays of her chest

when she had her first cigarette
a puff or two was all she could take
now if she doesn't have one in her hand all the time
you'll notice it begin to shake (shake baby)

and even though she's nonchalant
and acts as if her habit's a joke
she won't do too much laughing when
her life goes up in smoke

she's been smoking that C-I-G-A-R-E-T-T-E
that cigarette's got her on her knees
C-I-G-A-R-E-T-T-E
that darn tobacco won't set her free

oh run, suck, baby, suck
suck on that cigarette
go on and light up that fag and take a drag
it's bound to snuff you yet



O..O
=o=


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 03:31 PM

The craving Got is for a smoke
Is ever pending
My sight is bleak
It is such a joke

Reading into it brings me doubt
I cannot do this again
It is to hard
Nothing good will amount

Once I take a puff
the idea of having another hits me
It is such a tragic event
I have had enough


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Sep 10 - 03:49 AM

There is another verse that has been omitted from Sheila Hancock's song, which starts with her calling out to a male friend/partner "Sidney, run down the shop and get me a packet of menthol King Size. I want to feel like a cool mountain stream! ". . .

The missing verse goes something like:

My teeth are all yellow
And so is my tongue
I breathe through a kipper
I call it a lung!
But I'll give up the habit, I will even yet,
When I've had just one more cigarette!

I loved that record as a child, it amused us all at home, ghoulish humour but we were very unsophisticated in those far off days! We loved Sheila Hancock's husky voiced delivery of her lines, accompanied by lots of coughing and bit of thin reedy warbling! A typical addicted smoker who is always "going to give up after just one more cigarette"!

prettypolly


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anti-smoking songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Nov 11 - 09:52 AM

This is one of the best ones I've heard, posted in another thread:

ADVERTISING MAN by David Wilcox.


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