When I finally finished school
It was the first thing that I did
What every townie kid dreams of,
I packed and started west
A thousand dollars I had saved
And my sister's two cassettes:
The Dead from Fillmore East
And Otis Redding's Greatest Hits

Coffee and Cigarettes
As simple as it gets
Of all the things I think I'll miss,
There's staying up with you
Coffee and Cigarettes
Coffee and Cigarettes

Then, I commit with some restraint
To a boy I thought might care
It didn't work but I found out soon
And never dug roots there
Been a lot of places since
But nothing else compares
To easy times and easy eyes
To meet you in a stare

Coffee and Cigarettes
As simple as it gets
Of all the things I think I'll miss,
Coffee and Cigarettes
Coffee and Cigarettes


Lyrics submitted by marsenea

Coffee and Cigarettes song meanings
Add your thoughts

8 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentLove the Otis Redding reference! My favorite band singing about my favorite singer. Doesn't get much better than that!
    ChaChing2308on September 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song
    kupfersjon September 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis a great song, although I do like the insrumentals of the acoustic version more.
    Reintroductionon September 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis it something about easy-sex-thing?
    bear_hug20on October 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe age-old story of the eternal wanderer. He leaves his small town to find his place in the world and never does, doomed to a fate of bouncing forever from place to place and never finding what he's looking for. Although it is doubtful that he would go back to where he came from, the memories of the place keep him going.
    radical347on February 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really dig the two references to The grateful Dead and Otis redding! One can only assume these two legends are influences on the band, would have never guessed.
    craigfishburnon February 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIs there a gay theme? "Then, I commit with some restraint, To a boy I thought might care"
    AmericanDudeon February 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it has something to do with the fact that some of the members used to be Mormons and I believe they went to BYU - I am not sure on that one though. It could also be about someone investigating the LDS church while at BYU and potentially joining.

    "I packed and started west" - BYU is a university in the western half of the United States.

    "Of all the things I think I'll miss, Coffee and Cigarettes" - It's well known that Mormon's don't drink coffee or smoke cigarettes.

    - Source: I'm LDS/Mormon
    joeyfarlzon July 05, 2014   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain