Cigarettes

from by Ryan Fitzsimmons

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a phone call, addiction, deterioration

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You were buzzing like a short electric circuit
Burning sparks through broken neon signs
I'd call you out, but I know that it wasn't worth it
You'd only shut me down and then unplug the lines

So instead I listened to you tell your story
With a weary eye one the asphalt down below
As it moved beneath my wheels in solid motion
I trusted it to tell me where to go

Cigarettes
Gasoline
A TV Set
James Dean
A shape that looks familiar in the static on the screen
What does it mean

I can't say we ever were like brothers
But this is the second time you've moved my weary pen
I tried to write you off like all the others
But your demon words keep coming back again

You're nothing but a streetlight in the roadway
You're nothing but some fireworks in the night
And even thought the ambers burn your body
You can't help getting closer to the light

Cigarettes
Gasoline
Wasted Breath
Kerosene
A lamplight in a fortress where it's cold
And dark
And mean
Is that where you've been

I'm glad you picked up the goddamed receiver
I might as well have said nothing at all
All I spoke were words of a craven deceiver
And all you heard were distant echos in the hall

I'm not sure that I've done you any favors
I'm not sure that we'll ever speak again
All I can do is pray you'll still be breathing
When she calls the white coats to come marching in

Cigarettes
Gasoline
Crystal Methamphetamines
I hope you find an answer that is
Beautiful
And Clean

And Unforeseen.

credits

from Cold Sky, released September 24, 2011
Ryan Fitzsimmons - guitar and vocals
Danielle Miraglia - background vocals
Kara Kulpa - violin

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Ryan Fitzsimmons Boston, Massachusetts

Aquarium Drunkard said: "His rhythmic folk songs are more of the hand-banging variety, his delivery marked with dark traces like the end of the night, and he plays with captivating confidence."

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