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Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette), (1947) "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" is a Western swing novelty song written by Merle Travis and Tex Williams, for Williams and his talking blues style of singing.

Travis wrote the bulk of the song. The original Williams version went to number one for sixteen, non-consecutive weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart. Recorded on March 27, 1947 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" was produced by Lee Gillette, and featured Deuce Spriggens, bass fiddle, harmony vocal; Larry "Pedro" DePaul, accordion; Johnny Weis, lead guitar; Cactus Soldi, Rex Call, Harry Sims, fiddler; Ossie Godson, piano; Spike Featherstone, harp; Earl "Joaquin" Murphey, steel guitar; Manny Klein, trumpet; Smokey Rogers, guitar, harmony vocal; Muddy Berry, drums. The song can be heard in the opening of the 2006 film, Thank You for Smoking, as well as in the 2011 video game, L.A. Noire, which was set in late 1940s Los Angeles.

It has also been covered by Sammy Davis, Jr., Willie Nelson, Jimmy Dean, Commander Cody, Asleep at the Wheel and others Thank You For Smoking!

LyricsEdit

Now I'm a fellow with a heart of gold

With the ways of a gentleman I've been told

The kind of fellow that wouldn't even harm a fly"


But if me and a certain character met

The guy that invented the cigarette

I'd murder that son-of-a-gun in the first degree


Cause, it ain't cause I don't smoke myself And I don't reckon into your health

I've smoked them all my life and I ain't dead yet


But nicotine slaves are all the same

At a pettin' party or a poker game

Everything's gotta stop while they smoke the 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 hates to make him wait You've gotta have another cigarette


In a game of chance the other night Old Dame Fortune was doin' me right

The kings and the queens just kept on comin' around


I got a full and I bet 'em high But my bluff didn't work on a certain guy

He just kept on raisin' and layin' that money down


He'd raise me, I'd raise him

I sweated blood, you gotta sink or swim

He finally called, didn't raise the bet

I said "aces full pal, how 'bout you? He said "I'll tell you in just a minute or two

Right now, I just gotta have myself a 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 hates to make him wait

You've gotta have another cigarette"


"The other night I had me a date

With the cutest little gal on East 50 States

One 'em high-bred, uptown, fancy little dames"


She said she loved me and it seemed to me

That everything's were like it oughta be

So hand in hand we strolled down lover's lane


She was oh so far from a chunk of ice

Our smoochin' party was goin' real nice

So help me, Hannah I'm thinking I've been there yet


I give her a kiss, a little squeeze

She said, "Tex, excuse me please

But I just gotta have a filtered 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 hates to make him wait

You've just gotta have another cigarette

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