"Cigarette Daydreams" as written by Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Daniel Tichenor and Lincoln Parish....
Did you stand there all alone?
Oh I cannot explain what's going down
I can see you standing next to me
In and out somewhere else right now
You sigh, look away
I can see it clear as day
Close your eyes, so afraid
Hide behind that baby face

Do do do do do do

You can drive all night
Looking for answers in the pouring rain
You wanna find peace of mind
Looking for the answer

Funny how it seems like yesterday
As I recall you were looking out of place
Gathered up your things and slipped away
No time at all I followed you into the hall
Cigarette daydream
You were only seventeen
Soft speak with a mean streak
Nearly brought me to my knees

Do do do do do do

You can drive all night
Looking for the answers in the pouring rain
You wanna find peace of mind
Looking for the answer

If we could find a reason, a reason to change
Looking for the answer
If you could find a reason, a reason to stay
Standing in the pouring rain

Do do do do do do

You can drive all night
Looking for answers in the pouring rain
You wanna find peace of mind
Looking for the answer

If we could find a reason, a reason to change
Looking for the answer
If you could find a reason, a reason to stay
Standing in the pouring rain


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"Cigarette Daydreams" as written by Daniel Tichenor Brad Shultz

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  • +11
    General Commenti feel like this song is about a relationship gone bad without a legitimate reason, and they are trying to figure out where it went wrong to try to fix it. "you sigh look away" and "soft speak with a mean streak nearly brought me to my knees" show the couple fighting. "you can drive all night looking for the answer in the pouring rain" shows the want for an answer to how the relationship could be mended. "if we could find a reason a reason to change" and "if you could find a reason a reason to stay" also shows how the singer wants their relationship to be alright again.
    edaloboon December 29, 2013   Link
  • +7
    My InterpretationMaybe this is a personal reach as I'm not a smoker, but I interpreted the phrase "cigarette daydreams" as recurring daydreams that take you away from your troubles and they can be addicting like cigarettes. I also think that it's about a situation that's fairly decent between two people that have had a thing for one another for a while. However, both of them are always yearning for something more.
    chrisc227on March 11, 2015   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI believe this song is about a girl that is vulnerable and isn't able to tell someone how they feel. Maybe the person is lost and cant find a way to make the person satisfied. "you can drive all night" meaning the answer is not there and may never be.
    mbsstony10on November 10, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationMy 17-year old daughter is currently in rehab, and for me it speaks to the vulnerability and depression that often goes with girls that age. They are not yet adults, not yet sure of how to become the women they want to be or how to live with integrity and make the changes that need to be made and have few coping skills. But it's easy to see their massive potential....
    valleycaton November 22, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIt seems to be referring to a relationship that at some point down the line started to fade away, or the couple started to drift apart. Some things can be held onto for a long time, and in some cases it is better to just let things go instead of searching your whole life and probably coming up with no solid answer. Finding "the reason" will satisfy his soul, but letting go all together will satisfy it just as much. Cigarette Daydream is most likely referring to have a smoke and thinking about all of this.
    Bmiller92on January 23, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI felt like this song today. I had a good day. Really good day, I even got a beautiful girls number. But when I was walking home smoking my cigarette I felt empty inside , like I was missing something. I hate to admit it but I know it's because of an ex that I actually cared about.
    stoned_or_asleepon February 21, 2015   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationMusic is Art
    It can be interpreted differently - even from the original intent of the song writer. This reminds me of my son who struggles with mental health issues. Can't explain why without writing a book - but it did from the first time I heard it. What a beautiful song too - Cage the Elephant is a great band.
    firedancermomon March 16, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is a constant reminder to quit smoking. I started smoking when I was a teenager because I wanted to get away from the pressure of growing up or planning out my adulthood. At the time, all I wanted to do was smoke behind my house and daydream about everything that I didn't have or wanted to do (such as somebody to smoke with me.)
    Beautiful song.
    Now that I am an adult with a career. It brings back the teenage feelings I used to get.
    JadeAxelon April 21, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWatch the official music video. She obviously got raped when she was younger and it's a part of her past that she wants to truly leave behind her. She burns herself to death, symbolizing the death of her past. Sexual abuse is something we should all be aware of. You can really save someones life by preventing it.
    rckeyes2on May 08, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe that this song is about getting over a past. Based off the music video released, this also helped me come to this conclusion. In the video, there is signs of sexual abuse, and a girl going somewhat crazy. You can see her smiling and crying throughout different parts of the video. In the song,he basically narrates this happening. At the end of the video, she burns a car, with herself inside. Essentially saying that she had to "burn" away her past in order to heal. "You can drive all night looking for the answers in the pouring rain" is basically her fighting herself up until the moment where she burns the car. In all, this song I believe is about healing from a rough past.
    curlylocks44on May 30, 2017   Link

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