Coffee and Cigarettes
Augustana Lyrics


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Wake up, take your pills dear
I know this time of year ain't right for you
You came with a sickness
Shot down back in Christmas kamikaze rain

And I'm sure you've lost that weight again
And I'm sure the pills keeps pouring in
Like smoke that falls, it's caving into you
So put me on a plane and fly me to anywhere
Put me on a plane and fly me to anywhere
Put me on a plane and fly me to anywhere with you
With you

One night when you woke up
You bled til you spoke up
Oh, this ain't pretty dear
With clocks, watch the time go
Til spring, when the sun can finally be free

And I'm sure you've lost that weight again
And I'm sure the pills keeps pouring in
We'll scream at night to make it go away
So put me on a plane and fly me to anywhere
Put me on a plane and fly me to anywhere
You should put me on a plane and fly me to anywhere but you
But you
But you

We'll scream at night to make them go away
So put me on a plane and fly me to anywhere
Put me on a plane and fly me to anywhere
Put me on a plane and fly me to anywhere but you
But you




But you
But you

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Augustana's song "Coffee and Cigarettes" talk about a relationship struggling with mental health issues. The first verse talks about the singer waking up and taking pills as they try to cope with their illness. The singer is understanding of this time of year being difficult for their partner and acknowledges the sickness they're dealing with. There's a reference to Christmas kamikaze rain, which could indicate a traumatic event that happened during the Christmas season.


The second verse has more hints about the singer's illness. They bled until they spoke up and the singer says, "this ain't pretty, dear." There's a sense of desperation as they both try to make the pain go away. The chorus is a plea to be taken anywhere, as long as they're together, but then shifts to wanting to go anywhere but with the other person. The last line, "We'll scream at night to make them go away," suggests that they're both struggling with their own demons.


The overall message of the song is that mental illness is an immense challenge for anyone, and it can be especially painful when it affects relationships. The singer seems to genuinely care about their partner's well-being, but they also acknowledge the toll it's taking on them. The ambiguity of the illness allows the listener to project their own experience onto the lyrics.


Line by Line Meaning

Wake up, take your pills dear
Rousing up, consuming your medicine my love


I know this time of year ain't right for you
I am aware that this season is not favorable for you


You came with a sickness
You arrived while being ill


Shot down back in Christmas kamikaze rain
You were severely impacted during the rainy Christmas period


And I'm sure you've lost that weight again
I'm positive you have reduced your weight again


And I'm sure the pills keeps pouring in
And I'm certain you keep taking those pills as prescribed


Like smoke that falls, it's caving into you
Just like smoke settles, the medicine is taking effect on you


So put me on a plane and fly me to anywhere
Take me away with you to any destination by air


With you
Together


One night when you woke up
A particular night when you regained consciousness


You bled til you spoke up
You bled uncontrollably until you spoke out


Oh, this ain't pretty dear
This situation is not appealing, my dear


With clocks, watch the time go
As we keep track of time with our clocks


Til spring, when the sun can finally be free
Until springtime when the sun can shine without hindrance


We'll scream at night to make it go away
We will yell at night to chase our fears away


You should put me on a plane and fly me to anywhere but you
You ought to send me somewhere far other than with you


But you
Except for you




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: DANIEL LAYUS, JARED PALOMAR, JOSIAH ROZENCWAJG, JUSTIN SOUTH

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