THE CHATS – Smoko

The Chats are an Australian punk rock band that formed in 2016 in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. They describe their sound as “shed rock”. The current band lineup is composed of guitarist Josh Hardy, drummer Matt Boggis, and bassist and vocalist Eamon Sandwith. Known for their songs about Australian culture, they initially went viral for their song “Smoko” and its accompanying music video in 2017. To date they have released two EPs, The Chats (2016) and Get This in Ya!! (2017), and two studio albums High Risk Behaviour (2020) and Get Fucked (2022).

Smoko is from The Chats’ album Get This in Ya!! (2017)

So let me set the scene
It’s 2 in the afternoon and 34 degrees
The Queensland harsh summer heat
Had me sweating buckets up and down my street
It was there I spotted the bloke
Perched atop of his milk crate throne
He eyed me off as I approached
Then he said

[Chorus]
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
[Verse 2]
So it’s Tuesday Morning and my Centrelink hasn’t come through
So I pick up the phone because I’ve got some abusing to do
But all I get is elevator music, waiting on the line
On hold all the time
All I get is elevator music, waiting on the line
‘Til I get a reply

[Chorus]
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone

[Bridge]
Ugh
Oh, what time is it?
Is it smoko?

[Chorus]
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone
I’m on smoko, so leave me alone!

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