Smokers Reflect

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  • This song was originally supposed to be released on Pocket Revolution: “The album is almost finished. Title to be confirmed. It will feature 12 new songs, of which, at this stage, 9 are finished: Pocket Revolution, The Real Sugar, Firewinds, Sun Ra, 7 days, 7 weeks and Smoker’s Reflect to name just a few of them.” – Tom on, April 2005.
  • Lyrics-wise, Smokers Reflect is about the stream of thinking over the time it takes one to smoke a cigarette. The title was inspired by painter David Hockney’s 2004 campaign against the smoking ban in British pubs. It’s a rather autobiographical song for Tom.
Tom Barman
Tom Barman

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The two black spots in your left eye
Are from staring in the sun
They follow everywhere you look
Like a crosshair on a gun

You’re lighting one more cigarette
The last one of the pack
Reflecting on your life a bit

Oh you should be doing this
With somebody you love

Scanning purple sunrise
Before you crawl to bed
And hearing Leonard Cohen sigh
Is as deep as it will get

Future is like burning time
The past abiding steam
And the woman that is here tonight
Is a stranger with a dream

Oh you should be doing this
With somebody you love

Oh you’re oversimplifying
So often you have pushed away
Until a lonely spring
Comes tell you certain things

There is no use in denying
It’s so true what they say
That when the tide is high
You’ll jump and frolic and then you’ll dive
Until it pulls away

Well everyone’s at war it seems
You need a mini truce
And a screw to fix the mantelpiece
Cause it’s still hanging loose

The last thought of the morning
As the crimson turns grey
You put yourself on warning like
You’re doing every day

Oh you should be doing this
With somebody you love