Friday Follies: Tex Williams, Smoking…

By January 4, 2008Friday Follies

Since we’ve started down the path — you know the one, Tobacco Road? — with the post on Maryland’s cigarette taxes, let’s derive just a little amusement from that filthy habit with today’s Friday Follies, country swing great Tex Williams doing an early music video (kinescope, actually) of his hit, “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette.”

Big, big song in 1947, and one of the finest choruses in American popular music history.

Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette
Puff, puff, puff until you smoke yourself to death.
Tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hate to make him wait,
But you just gotta have another cigarette.

And yes, we know Tex died of lung cancer in 1985. He made it to 68 years old; the song (written by Merle Travis) lives on.

And since we’re doing cigarette songs, here’s Bryan Ferry singing “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” The folly? Um…Eno leaving Roxy Music?

P.S. Jeanette Macdonald did “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes?” Boy, do tastes change.

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