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Lefty Frizzell performs "Cigarettes and Coffee Blues"

William Orville Frizzell, known as Lefty Frizzell (March 31, 1928 – July 19, 1975), was an American country music singer-songwriter and honky-tonk singer. A vocalist who set the style of singing "the country way" for the generations that followed, Frizzell became one of the most successful and influential artists of country music throughout his career. He gained prominence in 1950 after two major hits, and throughout the decade was a very popular country performer. He smoothed out the rough edges of a honky tonk song by sounding out syllables longer and singing longer. Because of this, his music became much more mainstream without losing its honky-tonk attitude and persona.

 

Frizzell influenced a number of other country singers, including George Jones, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, and John Fogerty. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982. After the death of Hank Williams in 1953, Frizzell released many songs that charted in the Top 10 of the Hot Country Songs charts. His success did not carry on into the 1960s, and after suffering from alcoholism, he died at age 47.

Lefty Frizzell - Cigarettes and Coffee Blues lyrics

 

I guess I'll take a walk tonight, I know that I can't sleep

And I don't go to bed at all, I just lay there and weep

Instead I'll make our favorite spot, that's what I think I'll do

I've got those smokin' cigarettes and drinkin' coffee blues

Smokin' cigarettes and drinkin' coffee all night long

Wonderin' how a love so right could suddenly go wrong

I'd take the next bus out of town but I gotta be near you

I've got those smokin' cigarettes and drinkin' coffee blues

Sittin' at the table where I call my baby's name

Wonderin' where our love went wrong, wonderin' who's to blame

Listenin' while the jukebox plays the songs that make me blue

Another cup of coffee and a cigarette or two

Smokin' cigarettes and drinkin' coffee all night long

Wonderin' how a love so right could suddenly go wrong

There's a lot of other people know the misery I go through

I got those smokin' cigarettes and drinkin' coffee blues


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