a small cigar lyrics – jethro tull

a small cigar can change the world
i know, i’ve done it frequently at parties
where i’ve won all the guests’ attention
with my generosity and suave gentlemanly bearing
a little flat tin case is all you need
breast-pocket conversation opener
and one of those ciggie lighters that look rather good
you can throw away when empty
must be declared a great success
my small cigars all vanish within minutes

excuse me, mine host, that i may visit
a nearby tobacconist
to replenish my supply of small cigars
and make the party swing again

i know my clothes seem shabby
and don’t fit this hampstead soiree
where unread copies of rolling stone
well-thumbed playboys
decorate the hi-fi stereo record shelves
if you ask me they’re on their way
to upper-middle-cl*ss oblivion
the stupid twits, they roll their only
one cigarette between them
my small cigar’s redundant now
in the haze of smoking pleasure
call it a day
get the h*ll away
go down the cafe
for a cup of real tea

by the tube station, there’s a drunk old fool
who sells papers in the rush hour
i hand to him ten small cigars
he smiles, says, “son, god bless you”

a small cigar
has changed his world, my friend
a small cigar
has changed the world again

a small cigar . . .

/ jethro tull lyrics