Wicked Songs: Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) by Tex Williams & His Western Caravan

Who knows this old track for 1940’s? After yesterday big huge post it’s just this one and only song for my Tuesday post! I’d watch one of my fave movies on the weekend just gone, the track was made famous again after they used it. It’s been along time in-between viewings but I think that film gets funnier and funnier. I think I would say the film Thank You For Smoking from the mid-2000’s director by Jason Reitman and staring Aaron Eckhart, would definitely be in my top 50 movies of all-time. I did name a top ten film the other day of mine in passing in a post but this is not as good as that one but it’s up there. I enjoy it more and each time I watch it so most likely gone up higher. Who would like me to made a list of fave films sometime? So if you’ve not seen that film this song is used in the opening credits but here’s the trailer.

My little intro to the track came in the late-90’s with another film, yet another Aussie one. That movie was called Praise but I’ve not seen it in a very, very, very long time but still got that soundtrack album. Also I think Mojo magazine had it on one their free CD’s too if I remember right with the very healthy theme of drinking and smoking songs. Don’t tell my younger heath promotional sister and yes that’s her job but I do miss smoking a little bit. I joked once to her before I did quit, in my sick humor way I was just taking a long time to killing myself by doing this way. Maybe, that’s not very funny because she just even more pissed off at me then. I do remember when we where little kids she would put mum and dad’s smokes down toilet all the time if they didn’t have them in their pockets so she was always like that.

Anyway the song was written by both the C&W singers Merle Travis and Tex Williams but recorded by Tex in 1947 on Capitol Records ‎10″ and that played at the 78 RPM then. It was a big number one hit single back then too!

Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) lyrics:

Now I’m a fellow with a heart of gold
With the ways of a gentleman I’ve been told
A kind of a fellow that wouldn’t even harm a flea
But if me and a certain character met
That guy that invented the cigarette
I’d murder that son of a gun in the first degree

That ain’t that I don’t smoke myself
And I don’t reckon they’ll injure your health
I’ve smoked ’em all my life and I ain’t dead yet
But nicotine slaves are all the same
At a pheasant party or a poker game
Everything’s gotta stop when they have that cigarette

Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette
Puff puff puff
And if you smoke yourself to death
Tell St Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hate to make him wait
But you just gotta have another cigarette

Now at a game of chance the other night
Ol’ Dame Forson wasn’t doin’ me right
Them kings and queens just kept on comin’ round
Well I got a full and I bet it high
But my plug didn’t work on a certain guy
He just kept a risin’ and a layin’ that money down
He’s raise me and I’d raise him
I sweated blood I had to sink or swim
He finally called and he didn’t raise the bet
I said “aces is full pal how about you?”
He said “I’ll tell you in a minute or two
But I just gotta have another cigarette”

Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette
Puff puff puff
And if you smoke yourself to death
Tell St Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hate to make him wait
But you just gotta have another cigarette

The other night I had a date with
The cutest gal in the fifty states
A high bred uptown social little dame
She said she loved me and it seemed to me
That things were like they ought a be
So hand in hand we strolled down Lover’s Lane
She was oh so far from a chunk of ice
And our smoochin’ party was a goin’ real nice
So help and I think I’d of been there yet
But I give her a hug and a little squeeze
And she said “Willie excuse me please
But I just gotta have another cigarette”

Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette
Puff puff puff
And if you smoke yourself to death
Tell St Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hate to make him wait
But you just gotta have another cigarette
Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette
Puff puff puff
And if you smoke yourself to death
Tell St Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hate to make him wait
But you just gotta have another cigarette
Just gotta have another cigarette

 

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For today’s featured image is off course the no smoking logo!

   Who likes that track then? Who’s got any funny or not funny smoking stories then?

 

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