Cigarettes and Wine

Album: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (2009)
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  • I saw her in Roosevelt Springs, where time doesn't touch anything
    She never did say she could sing, but I figured it so
    I needed some company then, not sisters or children or men
    That's a hell of a spot to be in, but she put me in tow

    Money and liquor and lust had taken my heart and my trust
    I could see ashes and dust were headed my way
    She tended bar in the town, her alto settled me down
    I started hanging around, didn't need much to say

    She smelled like cigarettes and wine
    And she kept me happy all the time
    I know that ain't much of a line
    But it's the Gods' own truth
    She lives down inside of me still
    Rolled up like a twenty dollar bill
    She left me alone with these pills
    In the last of my youth

    Wings on her shoulders and feet, a bar on Gethsemane Street
    I took time to plan my retreat, and backed out the door
    I must be attracted to those who've witnessed a man in the throes
    Of life that ain't grindstone to nose, but pedal to floor

    She smelled like cigarettes and wine
    And she kept me happy all the time
    I know that ain't much of a line
    But it's the Gods' own truth
    She lives down inside of me still
    Rolled up like a twenty dollar bill
    She left me alone with these pills
    In the last of my youth

    Lost on the dry side of town, my memories slowing me down
    She shook me and I came around, I came back to life
    With nary a mother or dad she showed me what I never had
    The princess of leaves, she gets sad, cause I won't take a wife

    She smelled like cigarettes and wine
    And she kept me happy all the time
    I know that ain't much of a line
    But it's the Gods' own truth
    She lives down inside of me still
    Rolled up like a twenty dollar bill
    She left me alone with these pills
    In my smoldering youth
    She left me alone with these pills
    In the last of my youth

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