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Cigareets, Whuskey and Wild Wild Women

November 1st, 2006

Cigareets, whuskey and wild wild women
They’ll drive you crazy, they’ll drive you insane;
Cigareets, whuskey and wild wild women
They’ll drive you crazy, they’ll drive you insane.

Once I was happy and had a good wife
I had enough money to last me for life
Then I met with a gal and we went on a spree
She taught me smokin’ and drinkin’ whiskee

Cigareets are a blight on the whole human race
A man is a monkey with one in his face;
Take warning dear friend, take warning dear brother
A fire’s on one end, a fools on the t’other.

And now good people, I’m broken with age
The lines on my face make a well written page
I’m weavin’ this story — how sadly but true
On women and whuskey and what they can do

Write on the cross at the head of my grave
For women and whuskey here lies a poor slave.
Take warnin’ poor stranger, take warnin’ dear friend
In wide clear letters this tale of my end.

—Tim Spencer, 1947, originally recorded by Red Ingles and the Natural Seven

Posted by: The Editors
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