M.I.A. Paper Planes cover

Paper Planes
by M.I.A.
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Paper Planes Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
I fly like paper, get high like planes
If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name
If you come around here, I make 'em all day
I get one down in a second if you wait
Verse 2
I fly like paper, get high like planes
If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name
If you come around here, I make 'em all day
I get one down in a second if you wait
Verse 3
Sometimes I think sitting on trains
Every stop I get to I'm clicking my gun
Everyone's a winner we're making that fame
Bonafide hustler making my name
Verse 4
Sometimes I think sitting on trains
Every stop I get to I'm clocking that game
Everyone's a winner now we're making that fame
Bonafide hustler making my name
Verse 5
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money
Verse 6
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money
Verse 7
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money
Verse 8
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money
Verse 9
Man I'm rollin' through the city, old school on them big boys
12 inch woofers in the trunk making big noise
Got the big toys (toys), dont make me have to flash
Let a hundred rounds go, you do a hundred yard dash
Back up in the hood where the rules dont shift
And the gangstas talk trills, sip purp and burn piff
You can call 5-0 and 5-0 might come
But by the time that they arrive all that dirt had been done
Now one things for certain, and two things for sure
Being poor is a disease, gotta hustle up a cure
Start with your head homie then use your hands
If you try it in reverse, you dont even have a chance
We worldwide worried with the hunger and the thirst
From the third world countries to the second and the first
It sounds like a verse but it's more like a plan
Get your Robin Hood on, put some pressure on the man, tell it
Verse 10
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money
Verse 11
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money
Verse 12
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money
Verse 13
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money
Verse 14
I wake up in the morning with my bitch in the bed
She don't like the police and she sure hate the feds
I love my girl 'cause she gives me what I want
She ride in the trunk or either ride in the front
She looks like 22 but she really 45
Some reason she done made a whole lotta niggas cry
So bad that she make 'em all pull they money out
Take it out they pockets and they put it in my pouch
Ouch! gotta hurt the way that girl do ya
She always wanna what take, take, take the moolah
Gimmie them pesos the cash and the credit card
Might be a broad but the lil' bitch hit ya hard
You the police and we is the robbers
You need more than them helicopters to stop us
Excuse me, let me introduce my lady
Her name is Beretta and she mothafuckin crazy
Verse 15
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money
Verse 16
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money
Verse 17
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money
Verse 18
All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

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lfbno7
2 2 Thoughts  1 1 Eurekas
2 years ago
I fly like paper, get high like planes. Seems to be about smoking a joint (paper) and getting high.
If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name. MIA had trouble entering the U.S. and was delayed a long time. She actually didn't have a good visa to get in. In this line she has one. Fantasy.
If you come around here I make em all day. I get one down in a second if you wait. More fantasy, as if she could produce and sell visas to get you past the border. She's playing a heroic role, heroic because it would have solved her problem.
Bonafide hustler making my name. She's the one making fake visas and making money at it.
All I wanna do is shoot people and take their money. More fantasy, now about her being a mugger.
Lethal poison through the system. She's a drug dealer now.
No one on the corner has swag like us. Now she's selling illegal stuff on street corners, like wireless. They provide packing and delivery service like UPS.
Some I murder, some I let go. She's a mugger.
The fact is, she's none of these things. It's a fantasy, and part of the point is that she's none of these things. She's just an immigrant trying to survive in Brooklyn. You see her as she portrays herself in this song, as a thug, but in reality she's just working a dreary job, maybe driving a cab, trying to get the bills paid. The only true thing in the song is that she smokes weed. The rest is fantasy and it's about people's misconceptions of her as an immigrant.
But then again, some people do all the things she sings about in this song, so it's true about them.

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