CIGARETTES AND WHISKEY

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CIGARETTES AND WHISKEY
Nashville songwriter Tim Spencer penned this song in 1947 and recorded it with his
group Sons of the Pioneers. The Sons of the Pioneers was an American cowboy singing
group founded in 1933 by Leonard Slye (better known by his later screen name Roy
Rogers), with Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan. The group remained popular into the 1960s.
Though all of the above members have passed away, the group continues on today
(2007), led by Dale Warren (member since 1953 replacing Ken Curtis), and performs
regularly at concerts in Branson, Missouri and other spots. It is believed that the Sons of
the Pioneers are the oldest continually performing private musical group in history.
 
Ken
Curtis was best known as an actor (primarily as “Festus” on Gunsmoke), but was a
member of the Sons from 1949 until 1953.
spoken)
A preachment, dear friends, you’re about to receive,
on John Barleycorn, nicotine, and the temptations of Eve…….
(sung)
I once was happy and I had a good life
I had enough money to last me for life
I met with a gal and we went on a spree
She taught me to smoke and to drink whiskey
Cigarettes and whiskey and wild wild women
They’ll drive you crazy they’ll drive you insane
Cigarettes and whiskey and wild wild women
They’ll drive you crazy they’ll drive you insane
Cigarettes is a blot on the whole human race
A man is a monkey with one in his face
That’s my definition, believe me dear brother
A fire on one end and a fool on the t’other
Cigarettes and whiskey and wild wild women
They’ll drive you crazy they’ll drive you insane
Cigarettes and whiskey and wild wild women
They’ll drive you crazy they’ll drive you insane
Write on the cross at the head of my grave
To women and whiskey here lies a poor slave
Take warning dear stranger, take warning dear friend
They’ll write in big letters these words at my end
Cigarettes and whiskey and wild wild women
They’ll drive you crazy they’ll drive you insane