Cigarette Girl

from by Nick Nihil

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All the talent
All the brains
A back full of aches
And pains

Your eyes will blaze
And your head will twirl
Still, he’ll be nothing more
Than a cigarette girl

Toe the division
Dance on a fencepost
The song fades
With the evening breeze

Call like a crow
And hide behind the trees
And lure the mind
Of the cigarette girl

Out at first
A dream deferred
Fractures crash
And scatter like rain

It’s all the same
In gutters and in fame
The princess
Or the cigarette girl

Sweeping Central Park
Asleep in a bookshelf
Til she rang
The cigarette girl

A Spanish balcony
A blackened summer pool
Two notes are the space
Between everything

Scam the last bit of
Lucky we can find
Tuxedo tails, smoking jackets
Loaded dice

She followed me
The cigarette girl
Prayed above my shoulder
And never knew the price

We had the life of a matchstick
In a burning bush
Inhaling our breakfast
Saying grace with a cough

Play from the rafters
Rattle the floorboards
Toss the nickel
Into the empty trough

The blood drained from our heads
The band had gone
My axe in a coffin
A forgotten song

Stumbling late
Onto cold and empty beds
Look right through
My pale and naked cigarette girl

Stand me up with scissors
And stain me by the sink
Don’t ask me if I care
Or think of what I think

The lantern’s dying
And the flies are in a panic
Sing to me, whispered
The cigarette girl

Tango down on Pike
And disappear into the lights
Smelling my fingers
And flashing my knife

The dress was perfect
Now buried in a bin
it hangs like age
And your arms are too thin

Plexiglass at the Kent
A Bowler checks us in
Hang low from the bars
Of a rusted iron vent

Years inside of minutes
Talk an endless drone
Lips bloom like flowers
But smell of fish and of bone

And from the boxcar
My bags were thrown
I jumped and the gravel
Stayed around to catch me

I know your moan
From every corner of this world
And my shadow, my shame
My cigarette girl

Back at the game
Washed up, bleached,
and shamed
All I want is just
One more cigarette


from St. Annie, released August 21, 2012
Nick Nihil-Guitar, Vocals
Chris Icasiano-Drums
Tim Mendonsa-Bass
Neil Welch-Saxophone



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Nick Nihil Seattle, Washington

Nick Nihil is a guitarist/composer currently living in Seattle. His arc is the cyclical embracing and denying of aesthetic in order to destroy, understand, and reconstruct the meta-narrative.
His main music project is with the art-rock/ambient rock band Dark Hip Falls.
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