Stop, take a moment of your life
To find out where you are going
And cross the barren land
Of your plan to the beauty of not knowing

Then come on down to the place where we met
And i sent you that shot of whiskey
Smoke was in your eyes and your hair fluttered by
You were never with me

So pull the trigger nice and fast
Cause the best for me hasn't happened yet
You're the marlboro man, predictable with your plan
You're so damn scared, you don't understand that

Life is for the living
Not the living dead
You make your bed
Refuse to lie in it
Life is for the willing
You're only willing to stick to the plan
Go buy a pack, Marlboro man
Marlboro man

Please don't get down on your knees
And act like you're repenting
I know you know i know you better than this
And i am done mending

What was meant to be a broken joke
Get out of my house
Go have a smoke
I'm on my way to wonderful
My future is bright
Don't get blinded by the light

So pull the trigger nice and fast
Cause the best for me hasn't happened yet
You're the marlboro man, predictable with your plan
You're so damn scared, you don't understand that

Life is for the living
Not the living dead
You make your bed
Refuse to lie in it
Life is for the willing
You're only willing to stick to the plan
Go buy a pack, Marlboro man
Marlboro man
Marlboro man

I counted the hours it took for you to call
And i counted those same hours leading out into the fall

So pull the trigger nice and fast
Cause the best for me hasn't happened yet
You're the marlboro man predictable with your plan
You're so damn scared you don't understand that

Life is for the living
Not the living dead
You make your bed
Refuse to lie in it
Life is for the willing
You're only willing to stick to the plan
Go buy a pack, Marlboro man
Marlboro man
Marlboro man


Lyrics submitted by musichigh, edited by AmberBell

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    My InterpretationI think the song is sarcastically talking about a man that is throwing his life away by smoking. Yes, I know, sounds too simple, but it goes more in depth that that.

    "Stop, take a moment of your life to find out where you are going"
    --Stop and look at what you are doing to yourself
    "And cross the barren land of your plan to the beauty of not knowing"
    --Go down the road filled with the unknown of what is to come, should you continue to do what you're doing

    Now this next verse can go two ways: she's either talking about a lover or her father. I'll explain both POV's:

    "Then come on down to the place where we met"
    --she could literally mean where she met her lover
    --or it could be a metaphor for the day she was born in a hospital and she's saying 'you're going to end up in a hospital if you continue to smoke'
    "And I sent you that shot of whiskey"
    --they were at a bar and she bought him drinks
    --her birth made her father start drinking, possibly because the overwhelming responsibility of raising a child
    "Smoke was in your eyes"
    --he was blinded by his addiction
    "You were never with me"
    --as long as he smoked, he would belong to the cigarette and not her

    "So pull the trigger nice and fast"
    --go ahead and slowly kill yourself
    "You're the Marlboro Man"
    --A Marlboro Man is a man, especially back in the 1950's-1990's, that were the ideal figures of smoking. Back then, cigarettes were viewed as feminine and Marlboro Men shaped the idea that cigarettes are masculine so that men could buy them.
    "Predictable with your plan"
    -its predictable what's going to happen in the future for a Marlboro Man: death

    "Life is for the living/Not the living dead"
    --Life is for those that choose to live, and this man knows what's going to happen to him if he continues to smoke but he does it anyway
    "You make your bed/refuse to lie in it"
    --This is the past tense of the phrase "You've made your bed, now lie in it" meaning you set yourself up, now take the consequences. However this lyric means the opposite. This man set himself up, but refuses to accept the results that come with smoking.
    "You're only willing to stick to the plan/Go buy a pack, Marlboro Man"
    --He is only willing to stick to his plan of smoking til the day he dies, so go on keep doing what you're doing

    "Please don't get down on your knees and act like you're repenting"
    --Dont be a hypocrite that does bad things and later tries to make things right
    "I know you know I know you better than this/And I am done mending"
    --if its a lover, she could know him so well due to the long time they have been together and she is tired of trying to get him to quit so she just gives up
    --if its her father, she could be saying 'im your daughter and I know you better than you know you do' and that she is done trying to save his life
    "I'm on my way to wonderful/My futures bright, don't get blinded by the light"
    --You keep doing what you're doing while I go on to lead a healthy, lovely life. Hope my success doesn't blind you

    "I counted the hours it took for you to call"
    --if its a lover, she could be saying he left and she was waiting how long it took for him to come back or apologize or both
    --if its her father' she could be saying that she was waiting to see how long until he would be in her life again
    "I counted those same hours leading up to the fall"
    --the hours until the smoking got to him and he died

    That is my perspective but we will all see things differently. Beautiful song and lyrics nonetheless. Bravo, Lily!
    AmberBellon February 15, 2015   Link

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