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Jazz Cigarettes

from Stay Golden by The Golden Seals

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CBC's Pete Morey uses this epithet quite a bit, and I find it kind of funny. So I made the song about the idiocy of criminalizing marijuana. Not that I smoke it...unless it's free.


Jazz cigarettes--I don't believe it but they say it's true
There's nothing worse that you can do
than smoke one of the sobriquets
for jazz cigarettes

There's a war on the war on the war on drugs
being waged by some white collar criminal thugs
and they want to know each time you give one a light
(but paying off the Senate's alright)

Jazz cigarettes I can smell 'em from across the hall
but it doesn't bother me at all
nobody's died from the munchies yet

Jazz cigarettes--you should smoke 'em if you got 'em right now
or they're gonna throw you in the hoosgow
that's as progressive as conservatives get
jazz cigarettes

They're kicking science to the curb
ignoring everything that works
and making criminals of kids who smoke herb

Jazz cigarettes--the opposition know that they're okay
it's not a gateway drug it's just a J
but I wouldn't hedge any bets on

jazz cigarettes being legal from sea to sea
in the true north and drug free
because in spite of what the research says
and years of Scandinavian success
they want us all to think the biggest threat
is jazz cigarettes


from Stay Golden, track released August 26, 2014
Philip Shaw Bova - drums, percussion
Adam & Marilee Mansfield - simultaneous pianos
Brian George McFarlane - keyboards, vocals
David James Merritt - guitar, bass, vocals


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The Golden Seals Mississippi Mills, Ontario

Since 1999, Dave Merritt has performed under the moniker The Golden Seals, and has released four critically-acclaimed albums: 2000’s Storybook Endings, 2003’s No-Hitter, 2011’s Increase the Sweetness, & 2014’s Stay Golden. Merritt records with drummer/mastering engineer Philip Shaw Bova. Past members of The Seals include Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara & singer/songwriter Jim Bryson. ... more

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