"Smoke Rings in the Dark" as written by Robert Boyd Houston and Melvern Rivers Ii Rutherford....
Well I won't make you tell me
What I've come to understand
You're a certain kind of woman and
I'm a different kind of man
I've tried to make you love me
You're tried to find a spark of the flame that burned and
Somehow turned to smoke ring in the dark

The loneliness within me
Takes a heavy toll
'Cause it burns as slow as whiskey through an empty aching soul and
The night is like a dagger
Long and cold and sharp
As I sit here on the front steps
Blowing smoke rings in the dark

I- I- I know I must be going
'Cause loves already gone and
All I'm taking with me are the pieces of my heart and
All I'll leave are smoke rings in the dark

The rain falls where it wants to
Wind blows where it will
Everything on earth goes somewhere
But I swear we're standin' still
So I'm not going to wake you
I'll go easy on your heart
I'll just touch your face and drift away
Like smoke rings in the dark

I- I- I know I must be going
'Cause loves already gone and
All I'm taking with me are the pieces of my heart and
All I'll leave are smoke rings in the dark


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"Smoke Rings in the Dark" as written by Robert Boyd Houston Melvern Rivers Ii Rutherford

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    General CommentGary is talking about how he loves this woman we doesn't love him back, his "love" turned to Smoke Rings. What does he mean by that?
    donna4lifeon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthe's referring to their love as a flame "You tried to find a spark of the flame that burned", and since they no longer love eachother the flame turned into smoke rings
    shed27on June 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGood song to listen to when you're feeling depressed or lonely.
    Franks357on March 23, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Well I won't make you tell me
    What I've come to understand
    You're a certain kind of woman and
    I'm a different kind of man
    I've tried to make you love me
    You're tried to find a spark of the flame that burned and
    Somehow turned to smoke ring in the dark"

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    The beginning of the song is saying that he has come to realize that they are not meant for each other......he tried to make her love him, she tried to find the spark....but the flame burned out and turned into smoke rings in the dark.

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    "The loneliness within me
    Takes a heavy toll
    'Cause it burns as slow as whiskey through an empty aching soul and
    The night is like a dagger
    Long and cold and sharp
    As I sit here on the front steps
    Blowing smoke rings in the dark

    I- I- I know I must be going
    'Cause loves already gone and
    All I'm taking with me are the pieces of my heart and
    All I'll leave are smoke rings in the dark"

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    The second part is talking about how he is literally setting on the front steps, lonely and contemplating what to do next.....it goes on to say that he knows he must leave her because their love is already gone and all hes gonna leave are the pieces of his heart (obviously shook up about the whole thing) and all he will leave are smoke rings in the dark.

    -------------------------------------------------

    "The rain falls where it wants to
    Wind blows where it will
    Everything on earth goes somewhere
    But I swear we're standin' still
    So I'm not going to wake you
    I'll go easy on your heart
    I'll just touch your face and drift away
    Like smoke rings in the dark"

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    This last part is him coming to the realization that their love is in a standstill.....and then he leaves her saying he'll go easy on her heart......hes just gonna touch her face then drift away like smoke rings in the dark.
    ...Jacobon February 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSometimes this is just the way life goes, it sucks, but its life.
    oocaptainooon April 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs. I can just feel the emotion streaming out when I listen to it. I especially love the beginning to the chorus. "I-I-I know I must be going." Gary really puts on a great concert as well. Good stuff.
    jofox20on January 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think thats a pretty well summed up interpretation of the song. I even found the song at the right time...I've asked out 3 girls in HighSchool last year, and they all declined. Gawd ths song gets me emotional. I nearly cried in College lmao.

    And oocaptainoo, Your choices are half chance, so are everyonebody else, remember that.

    Peace.
    saawanjon May 02, 2008   Link

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