"Cold Beer and Cigarettes" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
A white ghost, making his way up the west coast
Trying to focus his high hopes on a vagina or two
He's taking his chances
Meanwhile, back in his living room
Bright smiles are watching his toddler run speed trials
Over a grandmother's rug
And nature advances

Up the interstate
He's been awake
And pretty drunk for three whole days
No one wants to stop
Until they get to where they're going
I'll get to where I'm going pretty soon

So he takes another drink
'Cause watching the scenery bleed
Into each similar scene
Isn't as sweet as it had been in his dreams

It's faster to buy cigarettes and some cold beer
If you don't rattle the cashier
By asking her back to your room
She's calling security

Our car's on fire in the parking lot
And nobody wants it to rain
But God isn't listening
So all of the windshields glisten
The water and oil mix
Causing the fire to spread
To five or six innocent automobiles
Waiting in their nearby spots
What a cruel God we've got

Right on, right on, right on
Right on, right on
Right on, right on, right on
Right on, right on

So he takes another drink
'Cause watching the formula bleed
Into each similar thing
Isn't as sweet as it had been in his dreams


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"Cold Beer and Cigarettes" as written by David Shannon Bazan

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    General Commentdef my fav song on the new EP, i think this song is somewhat biographical for bazan and it sounds like he is telling the story of what happens while he tours and is away from his home/family. he needs things like beer and cigarettes to help him cope with lonliness, faith, etc...basically to cope with life.
    ryanisarealboyon August 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the biographical take is a bit of a stretch, he surely doesn't have children nor would he probably consider himself an adulterer. What I take out of it is just the lesson that things never go as planned, and how a whole bunch of seemingly minor random events can sometimes come together to snowball into something much bigger. Mostly its just a great song.
    turtlenateon September 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the biographical take is a bit of a stretch, he surely doesn't have children nor would he probably consider himself an adulterer. What I take out of it is just the lesson that things never go as planned, and how a whole bunch of seemingly minor random events can sometimes come together to snowball into something much bigger. Mostly its just a great song.
    turtlenateon September 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe does, in fact, have children, a little girl around 2 i think.
    However, I do disagree with the whole bio thing.
    This song just packs a powerful punch anyway. I love the part of
    "She's calling security

    Our car's on fire in the parking lot
    And nobody wants it to rain
    But God isn't listening
    So all of the windshields glisten
    The water and oil mix
    Causing the fire to spread
    To five or six innocent automobiles
    Waiting in their nearby spots
    What a cruel God we've got"
    It's just a joke in the middle of a song. I don't know why it's so good, but he just sings it just right.
    thewalrusamion October 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe way i take this is that it is slightly biographically based. like the song follows a fairly believable path until the end where his car catches on fire. which is quite a drastic change in events. i'd say that it probably is somewhat biographical in that we all from time and time again lust, and though, having never been married, i'm sure probably happens when you're married too. especially when you've been alone for a long time. my take is that he threw the last part in to make what otherwise would be a rather believable story seem fictional, while some of it i think he might have felt.
    idrawberton October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt happens when you're married too. It's not like your eyes and brain shut off after you tie the knot. And girls love musicians, especially if you're headlining the show.

    But I know I've written stories partially based on my own experiences, and partially based on stories I've heard or read. So like you said, I think the last part is made up, or perhaps it happened to someone that he knows.
    NorthWriteron October 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes anybody know the chords to this song?
    warriorangelon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song seems more like a look into how we believe God is cruel and that for some reason we deserve better for our lives even though we go out and cheat on our wives and we as people suck.
    HeartlessNewon August 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe does have kids
    johnielsen08on December 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe does have kids
    johnielsen08on December 09, 2007   Link

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