Princess Chelsea (feat. Jonathan Bree) – The cigarette duet (testo)
“It’s just a cigarette and it cannot be that bad
honey, don’t you love me and you know it makes me sad?
it’s just a cigarette like you always used to do
I was different then, I don’t need them to be cool
It’s just a cigarette and it harms your pretty lungs
well it’s only twice a week so there’s not much of a chance
it’s just a cigarette it’ll soon be only ten
honey, can’t you trust me? When I want to stop, I can
It’s just a cigarette and it’s just a Marlboro Light
maybe but is it worth it if we fight?
It’s just a cigarette that I got from Jamie-Lee
well she’s gonna get a smack, and I’m gonna give you three
It’s just a cigarette and I only did it once
(it’s just a cigarette it’ll soon be only ten)
it’s only twice a week so there’s not much of a chance
(it’ll make you sick girl there’s not much of a chance)
it’s just a cigarette and I’m sorry that I did it
(it’s just a cigarette you’ll be sorry that you did it)
honey can’t you trust me when I want to stop I can”.
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“The Cigarette Duet is a song by New Zealand recording artist Princess Chelsea featuring Jonathan Bree for her debut studio album, Lil’ Golden Book (2011); it appears as the sixth track on the album. The song was written by Chelsea Nikkel. “The Cigarette Duet” was released as the album’s third single on 9 June 2011. The song is about a couple who fights over the health risks of smoking. The female in the song is the smoker while the male is trying to encourage her to stop smoking. In the song, we learn the male was a previous smoker, but later quit. The lyrics are often compared to Nancy & Lee with its dialogue. In an interview, she said “I sort of knew when I wrote it if any of my songs are going to get big, it’s probably this one that’s going to be successful and it has put a lot of people onto my music”. A friend named “Jamie-Lee” is mentioned in the song, who later writes the song ‘No Church On Sunday‘ for Princess Chelsea‘s second studio album The Great Cybernetic Depression.
The song was released on 9 June 2011 as a single with B-Side “Positive Guy Meets Negative Man“. The song gained popularity once its music video was released. The song also led to her being featured on The Guardian’s “New Band of the Day”. The video was acknowledged by Welsh singer/songwriter Marina and the Diamonds, which also gave it a boost in popularity. “The Cigarette Duet” reached 22 million views on YouTube, as of June 2015. Chelsea said in an interview that some responses were not entirely correct. “Some people think Princess Chelsea is a male/female duo because they’ve watched the YouTube clip and they’re like ‘Oh yeah this is pretty cool. They do 60’s pop’ and I’m like ‘kind of, but not really!'”. The song is noted for its consistent 420 references. Once in the length of the song, on the European Tour Edition cover, and lastly at the end of the video.
The music video is the main reason the song gained popularity. The video is referred to as an “anti-music video” by Bree. The video was directed by Jonathan Bree and released on June 7, 2011. In an interview, Chelsea said the video took about 70 takes before it was perfect. The first twenty takes featured Chelsea without the wig, but said she disliked her hair. She also said the “deadpan, bored” expression was true because they were exhausted after all of the takes. The video opens with Bree and Chelsea sitting in a hot tub with a tropical background. Chelsea is wearing a short pink wig. No movement happens for about one minute. Chelsea then looks at the pool thermometer and continues not to move. When the lyrics start, they proceed to sing the song, not moving anything but their lips. When the first verse ends, a guitar floats to the couple carrying a glass of beer for Bree and a glass of wine for Chelsea. When the second verse ends, the scene cuts to Chelsea smoking a cigarette and coughing as Bree is cleaning out the pool. When the third verse ends, the video cuts to an underwater scene in which Bree is swimming while attempting to play the electric guitar. A silhouette of Chelsea then shows her lighting and smoking a cigarette. As the video returns to the pool scene, the video fades to “In 2010, over 420 couples in New Zealand split due to problems associated with cigarettes” typed across the screen”.
(Wikipedia, voce The Cigarette Duet)
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