Our lives rarely unfold the way we pictured them, but they all end the same way: burned out like cigarettes.Baby Fuzz told Songfacts
about the lyric: "There wasn't a specific person or reference for the lyrics of 'Cig.' I just wanted write a narrative song about a few different Americans whose lives didn't end up how they planned them.
Each verse talks about a different person. The first verse is a girl who moves to New Mexico to start a new life. The second verse is a former high school quarterback who works at the gas station, and the third verse is me. I did that to illustrate that everyone's life ends up differently than how they planned. It's more of an affirmation that it's OK, and that even the most 'successful' or 'fulfilled' lives end the same way ultimately. It's nihilistic, but with the intent of cheering everyone up."