"My Little Japanese Cigarette Case" as written by and Britt Daniel....
It's just my Japanese cigarette case
Bring a mirror to my face
Let all my memories be gone

Bring me my Japanese cigarette case
Bring a mirror to my face
Oh, let all my memories be gone

Bring me my Japanese cigarette case
Break a mirror to my face
Oh, let all my memories be gone

It's just my Japanese cigarette case
Bring a mirror to my face
Let all my memories be gone


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"My Little Japanese Cigarette Case" as written by Britt Daniel

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  • +4
    General Commentthe first thing everyone's mind seems to jump to when a song is cryptic is that it must be about drugs. i really don't think that' the case with this song.

    i'm reading Chronicles by Bob Dylan and i just got to a part where he's talking about his uncles who fought in WWII and they all brought back various things-- one being a Japanese cigarette case. He also says that all his uncles carried on with civilian life like nothing ever happened.

    I had a eureka moment, because i realized this clicks PERFECTLY with this song.

    The case is a memento from war, and he wants to block out all his memories of battle. When you look in the mirror you think about who you are, and particularly disturbing experiences in war would have to be so tied in with the soldier's identity from that point on. I just picture the veteran staring himself down and trying to make that part of him disappear.

    It's definitely not a stretch to imagine that Brit Daniels has read Chronicles either, so that further backs up my idea. Any thoughts anyone?
    YerGhoston November 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcoke or heroin, whatever is cooler these days
    cbranchsteron December 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does this MEEEAAAAAN??!!!
    terri kayeon June 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have no idea what this song means & I guess no one else does either........except another fan & I kinda think it's about escaping reality with drugs, just put very cleverly & simply.
    terri kayeon June 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Bring a mirror to my face" sounds like a very clear allusion to cocaine use, especially when followed by "oh, let all my memories be gone." Mirrors are a traditional surface to break up coke on.
    The Wayon July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's got to be about drugs. a mirror to his face? Spoon is my favorite band recording today, so i'd like to think Britt Daniel isn't a cokehead. this song, however, speaks volumes. what a shame.
    fooltheworldon September 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti saw this song live & it rocked my socks off!!!

    does anyone have a recorded live version??
    life_aint_chesson September 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, this song's unquestionably about cocaine.
    Penguincubuson November 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnew yorks pretty hot for cocaine. ask interpol.
    Dynomighton February 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere isn't much to work with but I'd say this song is obviously bout drugs.

    Japanese cigarette case is obviously where someone (britt?) used to keep his stash.

    Bring a mirror to my face implies that its cocaine or possibly heroin.

    Let all my memories be gone implies the escape from reality that has made drugs so popular.

    Great song though I love it.
    mattacularon April 01, 2008   Link

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