this cigar, burns a hole straight through my jeans and
through your heart, as we watch the ashes form
another scar, that i will never show
but some how everybody seems to know my demons
in all my efforts i've commited treason
for chasing dreams that are changing like the seasons
make me feel so small, but i'm so proud to tell them all

that i'm a man now
i can drive a car
and i'm a drop out
i'm nobody so far
but i don't mess with
cigarettes or alcohol
cos i'm the best there is
and they tell me all the winners smoke cigars

this guitar, is pouring melodies that burn
inside my heart, as the sound is broken up
by passing cars, they don't know that i'm above
or that i'm swimming in the middle of an ocean
i'm riding on a wave of pure emotion
yeah, i'm drinkin up this sea like it's a potion
maybe it could lend me wings, i'll either float or start to sink

cos i'm a man now
i can drive a car
and i'm a drop out
i'm nobody so far
but i don't mess with
cigarettes and alcohol
cos i'm the best there is
and they tell me all the winners play guitar

and i know i've never been the kind
to let them get inside my mind
you just got to see that i need them on my side
i promise not to breathe it in
or ever strum a chord again
cos it hurts my lungs and burns my tongue to know that....

this cigar, burns a hole straight through my jeans
and through her heart, as we watch the ashes form
another scar, that i could never show
yet somehow everybody seems to know my demons
in all my efforts i've commited treason
for chasing dreams that are changing like the seasons
i know that i'm so small but i'm so proud to tell you all

that i'm a man now
i can drive a car
and i'm a drop out
nobody so far
but i don't mess with
cigarettes and alcohol
cos i'm the best there is
and they tell me all the winners smoke cigars


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    General CommentThis guy will end up being big. great song writer, great singer. Great Job Josiah.
    rmurry24on February 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commentno doubt rmurry.

    he's already made it to an extent. but ya, he makes his own instruments, writes his own music, and sings his own songs. all the tools needed to be a star.

    'grats josiah.
    lreeeyon February 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with both of you.

    Josiah IS going to big someday, no doubt in my mind.
    lauralunaticon February 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commenttoo bad he does smoke cigarettes. haha.
    uncolaon February 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI didn't know Josiah made his own instruments...think he cut the wood down too?

    If he thinks wisely (and knows where and where not to sign his name), he'll be big star.

    Though I've noticed that his chord progressions are very similar in this and "One Last Song".
    Mickeyjr3000on February 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGod, his voice.
    Smitten Kthnon February 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe cigar song

    these objects are things he likes and others either don't understand the extent of that passion or that they disdain him doing.

    The cigar represents yet another conflict and wound between son and mother..she worries and his smoking wounds her heart. It is a symbol of one of many things they have different points of view on that wound him deeply but he keeps it hidden yet others somehow always seem to know all about his things and demons he keeps to keep private. . That he is made to feel guilty and silly for having big dreams and his determination to take HIS path in life instead of what his elders want is treated like treason and makes him feel bad, but he is saying..I don't care..I will not let them stop me cause I am grown now...and will do what I want..I am a man now and will make my own decisions. Yeah, I dropped out and I am currently a nobody but I will be someone someday. Besides. it's just a cigar not cigarettes or alcohol or drugs..put it in perspective..I'm not that bad in fact, I am a winner and I will be more than you imagine someday.

    Next verse..the guitar is the vehicle for all the music inside him..that the passion of these melody and verses are so strong they burn his very heart. that none of them know how intensely it courses within him.. they don't know that he nearly drowning in a sea of bliss gobbling up joy of making music,..floating on air and he will sink or swim career wise but he will not leave the ocean..it is there he will remain sink or swim..

    Next verse..that he won't usually let those close to him know what he is thinking and feeling much, but that he still needs and wants desperately their support of his dream...he may at times relent and agree not to smoke (breathe it in)or play his music (strum a chord) and appease her but it wounds him to the core that no one understands how desperately he needs to pursue his dream and live his life as he sees fit...but being a man he will pursue his dreams and no one can tell him what to do whether they support him or not..

    I am not sure if this interpretation is right but someday I hope Josiah comes on here or somewhere and explains in detail all of his songs as they are deep and fascinating.

    It seems to me in many of his songs and from this that he can't tell them much directly but he pours all his inner emotions into his songs and it is there if they chose to see it not put there for their benefit but because he must get it out of him and his music is how he does this. It also seems like some of his songs are expressing his feelings about the conflict between what he wants --pursuing a musical career and what the family wants--stay there, go to school, get a job, do the right" thing and so forth. I get the impression he is lectured a lot but being a female and a mom, I can identify with his mom/families normal reaction to all this.

    Reflecting on his songs has made me realize me and my views aren't always right and my fear of taking risks and how it has hindered me and how I think is not the only path in life and I shouldn't expect others to see things as I do including my family members..it also makes me wander what things I might have done differently if I could see things from an even broader prospective than only what I am seeing and believe in myself more like Josiah did. At the same time, I am reminded every day is a new beginning and chance to do what you really want to do or at least be happier.
    calendar girlon March 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwith this verse

    you just got to see that i need them on my side
    i promise not to breathe it in
    or ever strum a chord again
    cos it hurts my lungs and burns my tongue to know that....

    this cigar, burns a hole straight through my jeans
    and through her heart, as we watch the ashes form
    another scar,

    I also think this means how it hurts him that his family doesn't understand his dreams and different wants for his future which hurts him far more than smoking or playing guitar ever could..it also could signify that he is torn between what they want and what he does..but I guess we see what he chose since "he's a man now."
    calendar girlon March 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwith this verse

    you just got to see that i need them on my side
    i promise not to breathe it in
    or ever strum a chord again
    cos it hurts my lungs and burns my tongue to know that....

    this cigar, burns a hole straight through my jeans
    and through her heart, as we watch the ashes form
    another scar,

    I also think this means how it hurts him that his family doesn't understand his dreams and different wants for his future which hurts him far more than smoking or playing guitar ever could..it also could signify that he is torn between what they want and what he does..but I guess we see what he chose since "he's a man now."
    calendar girlon March 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAwesome with the 2nd verse interpretation, calendar girl . And pretty much with all your thoughts, too. I just didn't really completely get the second verse until you said that... and I think you're right. It at least makes sense to me, and that's what matters right now. ;)

    So, anyways... isn't it "hearts" in the first verse, instead of "heart"? That's what I hear, and I like it better that way. I've been thinking about "your hearts" as the hearts of his fans and friends and everything, but now that you explain it that way, calendar girl , the family makes sense too.

    So, anyways, does anyone love what he does when he says "drinking up this sea" and "my demons" in the last verse as much as I do? He does it in All My Friends and Her, too.
    Every singer has one thing that makes me fall in love everytime I hear it, and this is it for Josiah. So much that sometimes I find myself getting bored with some of his songs that don't have that in them. But that's just temporary insanity. ;)

    ♥ Josiah, of course.

    Peace.
    foundthevelvetsun7on May 29, 2008   Link

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