Smoke and Ashes
Smoke and Ashes

Smoke and Ashes Lyrics Meanings
by Tracy Chapman

Singer/Songwriter
Oct 31, 1995
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Smoke and Ashes Lyrics

I'd heard rumors and I'd heard talk
About the trail you'd left of broken hearts
About the sea of tears too wide to cross
But a little bad press has never scared me off
So I burned a path to figure out
How to get me some of what you got

I've got a red hot heart
If the talk is true yours is the same
We should be together
And let our passions fan love's flame, oh yeah

When I looked for you I almost passed you by
You were so cool and calm
I thought my friends had lied
But I thought so much reserve must make you wild inside
It was there and then that I knew
I had to get some of what you got

I've got a red hot heart
If the talk is true yours is the same
We should be together
And let our passions fan love's flame, oh yeah

I thought I'd won your heart when I held you hand in mine
I thought it was true love the way we complemented each other
But my right is your wrong
And when you're right then I'm left with nothing
Your light and your heat have all been spent
Leaving only smoke and ashes
Only smoke and ashes baby

I've got a red hot heart
And your heart's as blue as the blood in your veins
I say there's fire down below
You say it's only smoke and ashes baby

I'm crying all the time
Salty stinging tears
And mourning for the past carbon-dated years
But knowing now for certain that you were always right
Because if a breeze could blow you out of my life
It's only smoke and ashes, baby
Only smoke and ashes baby

I've got a red hot heart
And your heart's as blue as the blood in your veins
I say there's fire down below
You say it's only smoke and ashes baby

I was blinded by devotion
My unwavering love for you
So blinded that I thought all your lies were true
But now I know for certain since you've gone away
It was just a smoldering fire I mistook for a blaze
Only smoke and ashes baby

I've got a red hot heart
And your heart's as blue as the blood in your veins (your heart's as blue)
I say there's fire down below
You say it's only smoke and ashes baby (only)
Only smoke and ashes baby, baby

Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby

Writer(s): TRACY L CHAPMAN
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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