Love Like A Cigarette

by Lesser Strays

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The 2nd LP release by Lesser Strays

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released February 19, 2017

All songs written and recorded by Josh Petroni

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Lesser Strays San Diego, California

Indie Folk, Electric project founded by Joshua Petroni. Lesser Strays relocated to Portland, Oregon after "Epoch" was released in the summer of 2013. The EP "Kid and The Queen" was released in April of 2014. The following year the 7-track EP "Heaven and Hell" was released. After a year of playing in Portland, the first full-length album was released, and the project relocated to Milan, Italy. ... more

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Track Name: California Wine
I dreamed about you behind lips that never kissed you
You were like a movie on the screen so far from me
What do you want from the night
I’d be right there if you gave me the right
Always flying away, transatlantic to another day
I want to get back to the summer, I want to be something like lovers
I want to give you my secrets, I want to give you my sad heart
California wine can’t turn back time
You’ve long left the hometown. Who’s holding you now?
Do you want to find me again? Like I want to find you again?
Only God knows where
It’s a long, long year. Too long for you I fear
How many songs would I write for you?
Til I realize you’re not coming round-it’s not true
I want to get back to the summer, I want to be something like lovers
I want to give you my secrets, I want to give you my sad heart
California wine can’t turn back time
You’ve long left the hometown. Who’s holding you now?
Do you want to find me again? Like I want to find you again?
Only God knows where
Track Name: It's The Drugs
Last night these drugs let you in my dreams
I was trying to find you, your friends hid you from me
Oh it’s a bitter past we’ve known with nobody in the right
I didn’t know you’d render me alone, since two years ago tonight
I didn’t know I was so weak to let your silence destroy me
The doctor says it’s just the drugs that got me wanting your buried love
I let you go before, I’ll you go again
Your haunting spirit it’s no friend
Though you’ve painted my cavern soul
colors of beauty and light
I didn’t know you’d render me alone, since two years ago tonight
I didn’t know I was so weak to let your silence destroy me
The doctor says it’s just the drugs that got me wanting your buried love
Track Name: Ashes
Hear me now even if we’re strangers
I still feel the strength between us
Like I felt with any friend who made it to my heart
And where are you anyway tonight as I send my voice
To invisible angels addressed to your lips
Will my poems born for you ever depart
Love like a cigarette storming in my lungs
You’re flashing in the spotlight beautiful and young
The smoke between us a veil over your skin
Fire turns to ashes like every dream within
Touch my skin and even if I shiver
You’re a mountain of flame baptize me with your rivers
Where your love flows down through the valley
Of your body from your heart

When the flame dies out will you light us up a new one
When the ashes fall down will you plant them in the ground
Or spread the dust around
Track Name: Cool Kids
That cool kid attracts those cruel girls
Smoking cigarettes and ruling the world
He’s got three chords against my mumbling words of sorrow
If she didn’t love me today, she’ll still love him tomorrow
That intentional dirty lifestyle, I always found quite phony
But I’m just the devils advocate, mad about being lonely
Yes I may think you’re a faker, but we don’t need to fight
Cause God knows I’d do anything to take his place tonight
And that intentional dirty lifestyle, I always found quite phony
But I’m a spokesman for the phantoms mad about being lonely
The new trends all out there in the street
People wear it over their hearts everywhere they meet
City girls like you don’t use razors so they all feel more free
and keep in hairy company
That intentional dirty lifestyle, I always found quite phony
But I’m just the devils advocate, mad about being lonely
Track Name: Mrs. Strangelove
I’d step outside and start my life again, but everything I see is spinning
The world is a river, your angels are flowing,
the water is frigid, I don’t feel like swimming
I need Mrs. Strangelove to save my life
I’d pick up the green books I read in college and make some bread bucks with it
The world is my oyster, I cannot open,
that lost pearl, I won’t miss it
I need Mrs. Strangelove to save my life
She serves me tea and poetry
She makes me love for breakfast
Mrs. Strangelove are you lonely too tonight?
I was a dreamer and also a doer,
now I’ve forgotten both of those trades
My world is a lawn locked in the suburbs,
the sun don’t reach me through my dark shades
I need Mrs. Strangelove to save my life
She serves me tea and poetry
She makes me love for breakfast
Mrs. Strangelove are you lonely too tonight?
Track Name: Flowers
I laid down a bed of roses like all the romeos in her courtyard
Cut the thorns out of superstition, waited in line for her prize heart
She got married when school ended, lost the deepness of fantasy
They say her heart was weak anyway, made worthy by her beauty
We caught her, we solved the case
Now she cries weekday mornings, daydreams over an empty vase
Of flowers that won’t die, flowers that won’t die
Time’s falling through the sky, we’re losing pieces of the pie
Are there flowers that don’t die?
These years are so much harder when I feel my best love is behind
How can I ever build a sweet home when darkness is my design
Lay me down in a field of colors so they bleed white through my white shirt
I want to kiss you before I die, I know I’m living if it still hurts
We caught her, we solved the case
Now she cries weekday mornings, daydreams over an empty vase
Of flowers that won’t die, flowers that won’t die
Time’s falling through the sky, we’re losing pieces of the pie
Are there flowers that don’t die?
Track Name: After Midnight
When I was young I was happy and starry-eyed
The sky was pink the sea was purple
Now the light falls through wrinkles in my face
And every year is just a circle
She left last night at midnight out the door
I just put on a record, smoked a cigarette on the floor
And her touch went from the skin straight to the brain
You get your heart mixed up in it, your blood will go insane
You won’t get a rise out of me
I’ve stopped wondering what it means to be free
Well shucks babe it won’t be long til we lose the places we belong
I once was drunk and wild and free and love felt like a mystery
These heart attacks kill my dreams
and everything feels just exactly the way that it seems
I don’t expect to live very long
then again I can’t expect it to all go wrong
But I don’t expect to live very long
Track Name: Wolves
Trying to stay alive for my mother’s sake
Cause nobody should host their child’s wake
So I went looking for Jesus and my inner child
Tried to free my soul back into the wild
The troubles I have are troubles well known
But some lack the strength when the teeth hit the bone
I got wolves howling behind me as if life’s too frail to last
Wolves howling behind me like a cancer of the past
These wolves outrun my shaky knees
I was looking for your love did you know that?
I was whispering your name behind your back
There’s a big hole in me. Can it go on forever?
Would you take me in your home and pull me pack together?
The troubles I have are troubles well known
But some lack the strength when the teeth hit the bone
I got wolves howling over me as if life’s too frail to last
Wolves howling over me like a cancer of the past
These wolves outrun my shaky knees
I’ve been up way past midnight, I sleep in all day
I feel like I’m missing something between the womb and the grave
Trying to stay alive for my mother’s sake
Cause nobody should host their child’s wake
I got wolves howling over me as if life’s too frail to last
Wolves howling over me
Track Name: Rhymes
Though I may not kiss her lips or take the throne of her heart
I’ll picture her how I cannot help, my honey my baby my missing part
I’ll reclaim the love I’ve lost through time
Send it to her on a fleet of rhymes
She’s sleeping in Ohio and so far from my arms
I’m west of Colorado thinking of her charm
I’ll reclaim the love I’ve lost through time
Send it to her on a fleet of rhymes
Though I may not know her life or be her the crux in the dark
I’ll dream of her as lovers do in the glow of a fires spark
Over mountains white and midwest plains
I’ll send a stream of stars from my love in vain, oh the pain
She’s sleeping in Ohio and so far from my arms
I’m west of Colorado thinking of her charm
For every mile away there’s a thousand things to say
She’ll think I’m half crazy to speak that way
Track Name: Roma
Now the good days are all behind me, no different than the dreams
I wake up from in the morning as the shower starts to steam
Bring me back to Roma, the young girls and reggaeton
They were all so beautiful and they danced until the dawn
And I know that I want to be there, I don’t know that I would stay
In any moment behind me of any single day
It’s a sad feeling when desire is not revealing
Take me back to Roma where I don’t think of the future
Take me back to Roma where I feel like a holy creature
The monuments of history are sinking to the street
In the light of the hotel rooms where one shot lovers meet
And I’m dreaming of an old love wishing it was new
But I’ve burnt up all my poetry and painted roses blue
Take me back to Roma where I don’t think of the future
Take me back to Roma where I feel like a holy creature