"Achilles Lung" as written by Francis Edward Turner, Benjamin Russell Erring Dawson, Thomas Russell Fowler and Julia Ruzicka....
Stop trying to pretend that
You are going to stop-
You're either a smoker or you're not.
You will keep on smoking
For the rest of your life,
And then you'll get cancer
And then you'll die.
I can stop whenever I please
And anyway,
I'm immune to emphysema
And heart disease.
My diary says tomorrow is
The day I quit and
I'm going to stick with that.
I'll work my way down to
The end of this pack
And then I'm leaving this place
And I'm never coming back again.
Little itches need no stitches

But they bury you-
If you keep in scratching
You'll go right through.
Whiskey for the amputee is
Just the thing to ease the sting.
I've got a list og
Things to get round to.
I've got a list of
All the things I shouldn't do.
I know it by heart,
I've got the damn thing in m pocket,
But despite myself
It's the middle of the night and
I am round your house again,
Trying to pretend that I am going to stop.
I'm either a smoker or I'm not
You will keep on smoking
For the rest of my life, and don't I know it.
My favourite fatal weakness.
I'll work my way down
To the end of this pack,
And then I'll leave this place and
I'm never coming back.
I'll see you around, somewhere in town,
Next time I'm down, probably right here.

Lyrics submitted by viruz, edited by jakrooster, smitheroons

"Achilles Lung" as written by Francis Edward Turner Benjamin Russell Erring Dawson

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    General Commentthis is what frank posted on the message board:

    "obvious or not, that's the metaphor. it's about someone i know who i shouldn't hang around with but i do, in the same way that on occasion i smoke and know i shouldn't. it's a pretty personal song lyrically, so i think i'll probably leave it there.

    and yes, the first verse is supposed to be humorous. a lot of people seem to have had their sense of humour surgically removed before checking the lyrics on the new album..."
    greenplasticon May 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this line "And then you'll get cancer
    And then you'll die." I laughed out loud. It just reminded me how great a band Million Dead are that they can sing a line like this and it sounds good
    Harry_Manbackon May 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've got a list og
    Things to get round to.
    I've got a list of

    --as trivial as it is, i'll just point out that 'og' is meant to be 'of'

    GenUFLECTon July 14, 2006   Link

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