Whiskey bottles, and brand new cars
Oak tree you're in my way
There's too much coke and too much smoke
Look what's going on inside you

Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Angel of darkness is upon you
Stuck a needle in your arm
So take another toke, have a blow for your nose
And one more drink fool, will drown you

Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Now they call you Prince Charming
Can't speak a word when you're full of 'ludes
Say you'll be all right come tomorrow
But tomorrow might not be here for you

Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Hey, you're a fool, you (2:30)
Go on stick them needles in your arm (2:34)

I know I been there before (2:50)

One little problem that confronts you (3:28)
Got a monkey on your back
Just one more fix, Lord might do the trick
One hell of a price for you to get your kicks

Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you
Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Hey, you're a fool, you
Go on stick those needles in your arm
You're just a fool, just a fool, just a fool


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That Smell Lyrics as written by Ronnie Van Zant Allen Collins

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  • +1
    General CommentOh, and the "smell of death" he's describing is more of a metaphor than a real smell. It's the smell of desperation, of imminent disaster, a person coming unglued before your eyes and losing their control over their addictions.

    Johnny smelled that smell on both Gary and Allen; Gary managed to get clean and become the backbone that allowed the heart of the band to survive and reform. He's 63 and still kicking. Allen couldn't stop drinking, and died a paralyzed and stigmatized man at just 37. I guess you never can tell.
    jf998247on April 06, 2015   Link

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