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Whiskey bottles, and brand new cars
Oak tree you're in my way
There's too much coke and too much smoke
Look what's going on inside you
Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you
Angel of...

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    physicaljerk
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    May 18th, 2007 5:18am report


    This is about Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, who bought a new car, got drunk, and crashed it into a tree, then a house ("whiskey bottles, brand new car, oak tree you're in my way"). The band was supposed to start a tour in a few days, but had to postpone it because of Rossington.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 23rd, 11:01pm report


    This song is also about the times, before MADD, when doing drugs was so widespread that it almost considered normal but doing stupid stuff wasn’t like driving wasted with your roller-skates still on your feet. When cops would throw your ass in the drunk tank for the night and come out stinking like all the other drunks you were locked up with. Even I had a lot of pot seed burns on my new shirts and jeans. Come home with mud on my hands, my gym shoes and my jeans because I was too wasted to walk to my car. Thats the way it was...



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    anonymous
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    Feb 21st, 2019 2:00pm report


    Anyone who has used Heroin knows that when you 'cook it up" to inject it there is ALWAYS a familiar smell. When the heroin is heated you could snort that 'smoke' released and get high. A lot of people vomit when they get really high from heroin. When I "smelled that smell" I could almost vomit by the mental connection of the 'smell' with getting high. The song may not have meant that literally but if you ask anyone who's used Heroin regularly, knows that means to them. I know that several of the band members used Heroin and could possibly be referring to THAT smell! I'm sure it could be a metaphor for many different people.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 9th, 2018 9:31am report


    It is about death.. listen to the song. Tmrw may not be here for you...... Oak tree your in my way....



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    anonymous
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    Jul 31st, 2018 7:10pm report


    I think it’s about the journey of addiction.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 8th, 2018 4:45pm report


    The smell of cocaine when hits your bloodstream.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 24th, 2018 2:52am report


    I think it's about death.I person I know who almost died described to me a "funny smell;like rotten eggs".(no drugs involved- the shooter was 'aiming'at someone else)



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    anonymous
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    Feb 24th, 2018 2:50am report


    I think it's about death.I person I know who almost died described to me a "funny smell;like rotten eggs".(no drugs involved- the shooter was 'aiming'at someone else)



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    anonymous
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    Jan 5th, 2018 1:20am report


    Heroin yes, Oxycotin wasn't a thing back then.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 29th, 2017 12:41am report


    Death. It can be smelled before death. They sense the smell of death after a life of fruitless partying. Such on that sulfuric smelling egg for a second



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    anonymous
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    Dec 26th, 2017 12:48pm report


    it simply was the smell of Jacksonville Florida you idiots



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    anonymous
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    Dec 14th, 2017 12:24pm report


    Marijuana smoke?



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    anonymous
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    Jul 1st, 2017 7:55pm report


    The smell of throw up, puke and uncleanliness.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 1st, 2017 6:31am report


    I would imagine it had to do with me cocaine but who am I to say



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    anonymous
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    Jan 1st, 2017 1:42pm report


    Oxycontin is very close but not quite right on point, IMO. Ask any current or former heroin addict and 90% of them can confirm this. When a person is going through withdrawal off of heroin, especially from day 2-5, they start to smell a particular and peculiar smell on themselves. Most describe it as a bad smell, but it seems to be different for every addict that experiences it. It cannot be cured by a million showers, super weird stuff. Obviously some of the more literal lyrics are about Rossington's wreck.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 7th, 2015 11:28pm report


    I believe the That Smell is about heroin addicts purposely not bathing so when they shoot heroin it will intensify the effect.



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