Total Recall: Top Ten Songs About Divorce, Separation, & Marital Issues (page 6)
5. “Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray”-[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Patsy Cline[/lastfm]
If anyone can bore deep into your soul with her voice, that is country singer Patsy Cline. In her song “Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray,” Cline uses the visual metaphor of the burning cigarette to describe what it’s like for her love to be taken away by another woman:
Two cigarettes in an ashtray/My love and I in a small cafe/Then a stranger came along/And everything went wrong/Now there’s three cigarettes in the ashtray/I watched her take him from me/And his love is no longer my own/Now they are gone, and I sit alone/And watch one cigarette burn away.