Fuck cigarettes and their carcinogenic payload (please quit now if you’re a smoker; thanks), but there have been some killer cuts featuring cancer sticks in their lyrics. Vital songs with ruinous habits in 'em—it’s a venerable tradition in rock and soul and funk and blues and jazz and klezmer. My highly unscientific survey has yielded two classics that stand above all the rest: the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965 single that later appeared on Out of Our Heads) and Al Green’s “Take Me to the River” (off 1974's Al Green Explores Your Mind)—although I confess I heard Talking Heads’ 1978 version first, and that one is amazing, too.
But there’s a good chance you disagree with these opinions on this volatile subject. Use the comments section to yammer about your own fave tunes that use cigs as lyrical props. Come on, cough 'em up.