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Paper Planes
M.I.A. Lyrics

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何も見えない 未来も見えない
風に任せ飛ばす 半端なPaper Plane



あの最高な夢も この最低な結果も
どこまでも追いかけて 羽根を広げる
一直線の雲の様に 折り曲がる事のない様に
どこまでも最後まで この大空に飛ばして...


あの最高な夢も この最低な結果も
どこまでも追いかけて 羽根を広げる
一直線の雲の様に 折り曲がる事のない様に

最高な夢も この最低な結果も
どこまでも追いかけて 羽根を広げる
一直線の雲の様に 折り曲がる事のない様に
どこまでも最後まで 最後まで...

まだ最高な夢も この最低な結果も
どこまでも追いかけて 羽根を広げる
一直線の雲の様に 折り曲がる事のない様に
どこまでも最後まで この大空に飛ばして...

Overall Meaning

The song Paper Planes by M.I.A. is a commentary on immigration and the experiences of those who cross borders in search of a better life. The repeated refrain "I fly like paper, get high like planes" is a play on words that simultaneously references airplanes and the fragility of documentation. The lines "If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name" and "Pirate skulls and bones, sticks and stones and weed and bongs, running when we hit 'em, lethal poison for the system" allude to the struggles that immigrants face as they try to navigate the legal and social systems of their new countries. The line "No one on the corner has swag like us, hit me on my burner prepaid wireless" acknowledges the resourcefulness and ingenuity of immigrants in the face of adversity.

Line by Line Meaning

I fly like paper, get high like planes
I may be light and fragile like paper, but I soar high like planes

If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name
I have a lot of documentation and permits to navigate through borders

If you come around here, I make 'em all day
If you're looking for me around here, I'm constantly producing something

I get one down in a second if you wait
I can produce something in a really short time if you give me a chance

Sometimes I think sitting on trains
At times, I introspect while traveling in trains

Every stop I get to, I'm clocking that game
At each stop, I'm keenly observing and learning from my surroundings

Everyone's a winner, we're making our fame
We're all finding success and recognition in our own way

Bona fide hustler making my name
I'm truly dedicated and working hard to establish my name

All I wanna do is And then And take your money
My ultimate goal is to create something valuable and profitable

Pirate skulls and bones
The dark and edgy aspects of our society

Sticks and stones and weed and bongs
People using harmful and addictive substances to cope with their lives

Running when we hit 'em
Others avoid or fear us when we confront them

Lethal poison for the system
Our actions and ways of life may be harmful for society in the long run

No one on the corner has swag like us
We're unique and stylish, and no one else has what we have

Hit me on my burner prepaid wireless
Reach me through my untraceable phone number

We pack and deliver like UPS trucks
We're efficient and fast, like a professional delivery service

Already going hard, just pumping that gas
We're already working hard and pushing ourselves, like fueling up a car

The artist introducing herself

Third world democracy
My music represents the struggles and conflicts of the developing world

Yeah, I got more records than the K.G.B.
I have more music records than even the notorious Soviet intelligence agency

So, uh, no funny business
Let's keep things serious and professional

(Are you already high?)
Asking if the listener is already enjoying the music

Some, some, some, I, some I murder Some, I, some I let go
Sometimes I create and destroy, other times I create and let go

Written by: LANCE

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This song was ahead of it's time. Song could come out tomorrow and be a hit


The music industry hasn't changed that much in 10 years.... Nor have the likes of people changed, You could release fortunate son now and it'd still be a hit...


Still, why don't we hear anything from her nowadays?


It's sad though, her sound was really unique from basically EVERYONE else, now every single new song sounds the same but she always manages to sound unique each time, at least that's how I see it


Well people forget how shady business is. If regular business is shady imagine how shady the music business is. You signing a deal where you are the face of said deal off rip, I can only imagine what crazy terms and conditions come with a deal like that. Hell look up what happened with B2K


The Clash - Straight to hell. Released 1982

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This song was way ahead of its time.


Chimk;en sadnwtch


No it wasn’t


Nyeh Squidward!

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