Mae Scanlan: Lighting Up

We each had our Luckies, our Camels and Kents,
   And Tareytons too, as a rule,
And I have to tell you, we ladies and gents,
   We all were so terribly cool.

We took out a Lucifer, lit up a fag
   (Our fave, or the thrill of the week);
We sipped our martini, and then took a drag.
    Oh, we were so terribly chic.

The way of exhaling, the satisfied smile,
   We had it all down to an art.
We owned fancy cases, and lighters with style;
   Oh, we were so terribly smart.

We gave little thought to what smoking portends,
   Ignoring what might lie ahead;
And I've not forgotten a few special friends
   Who now are so terribly dead.

Tareyton cigarettes advert