Ashtray Empire

Don’t Quit Smoking

Ashtray Empire [2012]

lyrics by: James Finch

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My hands are shaking
Too hard tonight
To relight my pipedream
And she’s taking off her clothes
And I’m taking myself too seriously
I met my match
In a bed made out of straw and gasoline
I’m as weak as a calendar
Collapsing under
The weight of dates that it can’t keep

I’m not gonna lie
I didn’t quit smoking
I was fired from it
My tar and feathered tongue crashed
Its carcinogenic argument
I’m not gonna lie
I didn’t quit smoking
I was fired from it
My stained glass lungs cracked
Like a carcinogenic monument

Her heart was this hotel
Where I overstayed my welcome
Ransacked the minibar
And set fire to the furniture
Twice a night
Now I’m alone
Licking eviction wounds
And spitting on broken bones
I’m not drunk enough to propose
But I’ll at least apologize

I’m not gonna lie
I didn’t quit smoking
I was fired from it
My tar and feathered tongue crashed
Its carcinogenic argument
I’m not gonna lie
I didn’t quit smoking
I was fired from it
My stained glass lungs cracked
Like a carcinogenic monument

You’re beautiful
But you’re not beautifooling anyone
Feeling blue and ill and filled
With a proclivity for pills
Is just no fun
My blank stare is a canvas vandalized
By your desperate body’s brush
You dot your ‘I’s as I roll mine
Your skin whispers: “stay in touch”

I’m not gonna lie
I didn’t quit smoking
I was fired from it
My tar and feathered tongue crashed
Its carcinogenic argument
I’m not gonna lie
I didn’t quit smoking
I was fired from it
My stained glass lungs cracked
Like a carcinogenic monument