question on "Sunday Mornin' Coming Do...

question on "Sunday Mornin' Coming Down" lyrics

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Paris, France

#1 Dec 19, 2013
Hello all
I'm working on a translation of the lyrics, and have a question about one sentence, can't really make up my mind on the meaning so I thought I'd ask the experts.
"I'd smoked my mind the night before
With cigarettes and songs I'd been picking."

Problem is "picking", is this a reference to the guitar (picking), ie "playing", or simply "selecting" ( as a juke box or something?).
I'm not sure what this "songs I'd been picking" means.
What do you guys think?

thanks a bunch


Canyon Lake, TX

#2 Dec 22, 2013
I think it means songs he'd been picking on the guitar.
tessy k

Watertown, NY

#3 Jun 21, 2014
I believe the line is "I smoked my brain the night before on cigarettes and songs that I'd been pickin' " I think he means he smoked a ton of cigarettes while he was playing (pickin') the guitar and singing.

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