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Cage the Elephant - Cigarette Daydreams

[Verse 1]
Did you stand there all alone?
Oh I cannot explain what's going down
I can see you standing next to me
In and out somewhere else right now
You sigh look away
I can see it clear as day
Close your eyes so afraid
Hide behind that baby face

[Chorus]
You can drive all night
Looking for answers in the pouring rain
You wanna find peace of mind
Looking for the answer

[Verse 2]
Funny how it seems like yesterday
As I recall, you were looking out of place
Gathered up your things and slipped away
No time at all I followed you into the hall
Cigarette daydream
You were only seventeen
Soft speak with a mean streak
Nearly brought me to my knees

[Chorus x2]
You can drive all night
Looking for the answers in the pouring rain
You wanna find peace of mind
Looking for the answer
If we could find a reason, a reason to change
Looking for the answer
If you can find a reason, a reason to stay
Standing in the pouring rain

“Cigarette Daydreams” presents the pain of one’s search for identity through the musings of a parted lover. The song itself has a softer, more brooding sound than most of Cage the Elephant’s work. In the words of Brad Shultz, the band’s rhythm guitarist: "Why do we have to write Cage The Elephant songs? We can just write songs, regardless of what style of music they might be. I like the idea of doing things that people might not expect from us. So we decided to take a whole new approach to writing, and this song is a good example of that. It’s just about being honest." These themes are visualized in the song’s music video, presented in nostalgic black and white, disappointing only for its notable lack of rain. “Cigarette Daydreams” was certified platinum by the RIAA on August 16, 2019.

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