Now it ain’t ‘cos I don’t smoke myself
I don’t reckon they hinder your health
I’ve been smoking all my life,
And I ain’t dead yet.
Tex Williams (August 23, 1917 – October 11, 1985)
I am addicted to Djarum Super kretek (clove) cigarettes, and have written about this here and in a few other posts. So, yes, I know all the arguments, have read science papers about health dangers, absorbed statistics, laughed at the images on cigarette packs, ranted about TV ads showing fit folk doing extreme sports on behalf of the cancer sticks and moaned about tobacco companies sponsoring music festivals and sports teams. And then I came to Indonesia, the country with the largest percentage of smokers in the world.
Most of the songs in today’s compilation are from my back pages, but I only realised when putting them in some semblance of an order that there is an underlying theme to most of them: unrequited love.
01. Tex Williams – Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
02. Steve Miller Band – The Joker
03. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – Blabber ‘N Smoke
04. Ry Cooder – Fool For A Cigarette~Feelin’ Good
05. Benny Spellman – Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)
06. Carlene Carter – Smoke Dreams
07. Eartha Kitt – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
08. Nina Simone – Don’t Smoke In Bed
09. Squeeze – Cigarette of a Single Man
10. The Hollies – The Air That I Breathe
11. Otis Redding – Cigarettes And Coffee
12. Pat Macdonald – Smoke
13. Malcolm Middleton – Four Cigarettes
14. k.d. lang – My Last Cigarette
15. Habib Koité & Bamada – Cigarette abana
16. Sheila Hancock – My Last Cigarette