Today we are taking a look back and doing a Cage the Elephant Cigarette Daydreams song review. Cigarette Daydreams is the fifth top charting single released by American rock band Cage the Elephant. The song was the second single released (following “Come a Little Closer”) from their 2014 album Melophobia album released on August 26, 2014.
Cage the Elephant Biography
Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, formed in 2006. The band consists of Matt Shultz (lead vocals), Brad Shultz (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass), Jared Champion (drums) and Lincoln Parish (lead guitar).
The band’s first album, Cage the Elephant, was released in 2008 to much critical acclaim. The album went on to sell over a million copies worldwide and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Their second album Thank You Happy Birthday was released in 2011 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. The band’s third album, Melophobia, featuring “Cigarette Daydreams” was released in 2014.
The sound of Cage the Elephant can be best described as a band that combines alternative rock and southern rock with hints of blues and a touch of psychedelic rock.
Cage the Elephant Cigarette Daydreams Song Analysis
One of my favorite songs by Cage the Elephant. The lyrics captivated me from the first time I heard the song. Below is my interpertatrion of the song.
Matt Schultz talks about his experiences with depression and how he tries to help a young woman who is despondent but always being pushed away in this video. The song, according to Matt, is about painful honesty.
To cope with challenges she couldn’t handle, she try to hide her problems by shielding her true self. Matt could see through this mirage and see her emotionally hurting. This is apparant in the first verse of the song:
“I can see you standing next to me / In and out somewhere else right now / You sigh, look away”
“I can see it clear as day / Close your eyes, so afraid / Hide behind that baby face”
The chorus explains, in part, her desire to find answers alone and “daydreaming,” which will certainly not satisfy her feelings of isolation and loss. The singer makes a comment like this by mockingingly stating it. “You can drive all night / Looking for the answers in the pouring rain”
The last part of the song points out the switches the lyrics “If we can find a reason, a reason to change” to “If you can find a reason / A reason to stay”. The singer knows her pain but is unable to help. The pain of her is like a knife in his heart, but he knows there’s nothing more he can do.
Cigarette Daydreams Music Video
Where to Buy
The Melophobia album by Cage the Elephant featuring “Cigarette Daydreams” is still in print and can be purchased on vinyl or CD.
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