Fred Jones was worn down
From caring for his often
Screaming and crying wife
During the day but
He couldn't sleep at night for fear that she
In a stupor from the drugs that didn't even
Ease the pain would set the house on blaze
With a cigarette.



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"Cigarette" as written by Ben Folds

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    Song Meaning:this song is about a man who's wife had a brain hemorrhage and became a completely different person. he was trying to figure out if he should get a divorce since she was essentially not the same person that he married.
    asliceofpeteron September 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:there are lots of different interpretations of this song,
    i think it's about a man lossind his wife, but it is imagery, ban is loosing the big things he has worked his whole life for, they are dragging him down as well as themselves, and it hurts, so, eventually, the whole thing just sort of burns down!
    commonmaryon April 24, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:Actually, this is the exact wording of a newspaper article Ben Folds clipped out of a newspaper. Notice how the lyrics aren't included, and they aren't even included in the official songbook, because they aren't his to print.
    Paul Finchon June 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is pretty deep I think. It's really beautiful but sad too. It's bittersweet. I love Ben Folds Five but I don't know what a lot of their songs mean. Thanks! ~*~Tessa~*~
    Flychick773on June 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this is a sweet song, my fav next to Evaporated on Whatever & Ever Amen
    slfmadeon July 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:sweet. short, and to the point
    Rogeron August 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:There were a few mistakes made here, these are the real lyrics.

    Fred Jones was worn down from caring for his often
    screaming and crying wife durning the day but
    He couldn't sleep at night for fear that she
    In a stupor from the drugs that didn't
    ease the pain would set the house ablaze
    with a cigarette.
    aristonon September 08, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:I made a mistake too. It's "during", not "durning".

    D'oh.
    aristonon September 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think that this song is about a man whose wife is dieing of cancer, and who was on Chemo, but it wasn't helping. This is one of the saddest songs I know, and it alone is enough to convince me to not smoke.
    MollDoll263on September 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's a song about a man whose wife has mental and substance problems. Maybe she takes tranquilizers but it doesn't help their relationship or solve her problems. And of all of the drugs that she uses, the one that puts them all at risk are those damn cigarettes.
    Imani110on September 27, 2002   Link

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