"Cigarette Lighter Love Song" as written by and David/walker Bowie....
I know you're not asleep
I can feel you moving over there
You've been playing with the seam
In your worn out underwear

My lips are raw as hell
From biting on them just to stay awake
It's not like I'm gonna need them
You won't be around
To see them bleed and break

[Chorus]
All... all that I do
Comes back to you
So I'll just think about you til there's nothing new in my head
All... all I can do
Is try not to screw this up again
And just be friends
I'd rather be dead

I drove out of East Atlanta
With a headache the size of my car
I called to say that I was okay
'Cause i know how you are

I'm like a movie without an ending
You know I've got nowhere to go
And it makes me want to throw up
To see you want to give up
More than you'll ever know

[Chorus]

Everything's supposed to have a happy ending
But the record keeps spinning and the needle keeps bending
Like the road I'm driving to the bridge that has no end
I want to take back everything that I've broken

But the bridges behind me are burning and smoking
I guess this is the end

[Chorus]


Lyrics submitted by BlueAndStarry

"Cigarette Lighter Love Song" as written by David Robert Jones Bradley Glenn Walker

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, TINTORETTO MUSIC

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    General CommentComing from a guy who has a tendency to end up "the friend" this song talks about walking the thin line of a relationship with a girl he really cares about.
    ChaosFluro24on July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. The bridge gives me chills. And, of course, it's SO amazing live.
    BlueAndStarryon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about his girlfriend who just sometimes isn't there for him..possibly because she doesn't care for him as much as he cares for her. but everything and everpart of his day reminds him of her and he has given up on trying to make her stay
    silverstaron September 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhen I saw Butch perform, he said that this was a song he wrote for a friend of his who was going through a divorce. It ended up being a song about the breakup of The Marvelous 3.
    MarvelousFloyd7on February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah it's so weird to listen to this song in the context of the Marvelous 3's breakup when I've listened to it all these years in the context of a relationship. It still gives me chills, maybe even moreso now.
    BlueAndStarryon February 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about Marvelous 3 breaking up, but written as a metaphor for a relationship. Butch explains it on his solo live record This Is Me...Justified and Stripped.

    The first line of the chorus "All that I do..." is pretty much a direct rip of the first line of of the chorus in "All The Young Dudes" by Mott the Hoople.

    Par example:

    All that I do/comes back to you
    vs.
    All the young dudes/carry the news

    I mean...come on!

    Anyway I'm sure it was Butch's way of paying tribute to his glam rock forefathers, but I can't help but think about it every time I hear "Cigarette".
    drucifer23on December 11, 2008   Link

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