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Sunshine Superman cover Sunshine Superman by Donovan

The first two lines have nothing to do with the rest of the song. The sun shined through his window and he changed his ways in some unspecified way. The rest of the song is Donovan trying to pick up a girl. He says he was at a beach with her at sunset. He tells her that he will be fantastic in bed, as in "slowly blow your little mind". He refers to himself as a superhero (Superman or Green Lantern have nothing on him), and what he bases his greatness on is the fact that he will make like a turtle and dive for her pearls in the sea, which is a very sneaky way of saying he will go down on her. There's your song. Donovan telling a girl he will go down on her like Superman.

Paper Planes cover Paper Planes by M.I.A.

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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