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Because, by the time you've finished working a hour shift, you're so tired you just want to get home to the family. I don't think immigrants are that threatening to society at all. They're just happy they've survived some war somewhere. As powerful as this explanation for the lyrics of "Paper Planes" may be, there are other potential meanings at play here as well. It was never made clear exactly why the U. Rumors swirled that her ties to her father who had been involved with the Tamil Tigers separatist movement—a movement that sometimes employed terroristic tactics—during Sri Lanka's civil war had set off red alarms on some terror watch list.

Others suggested that the Bush administration simply didn't like the message of her music. Or perhaps the hang-up was simply some mundane bureaucratic snafu, with no political significance at all. In any case, for most of , M. In an interview, M. What sounds, at first, like the simplest kind of "stick-'em-up" thuggishness might be heard as a broader critique of the violence and profiteering marring even the highest levels of human society.

But, really, it could be a much bigger idea: Selling weapons and the companies that manufacture guns—that's probably the biggest moneymaker in the world. Or maybe we're getting carried away with all this postmodern intellectualizing. Maybe the lyrics mean exactly what they sound like they mean, and the song really is just a celebration of simple gangsterism. This rose into the Top 10 of the US Hot in August after being featured in the trailer for the stoner comedy film Pineapple Express , staring James Franco and Seth Rogen as buddies who get unwittingly involved in drugs and murder.

The song was also featured in the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Logan - Troy, MT. In sensitive times, it was inevitable that the sound of gunshots would be censored in some venues. This was the case when M. MTV also aired a version without the sound of the gun cocking. This was the third single released from Kala. The first two didn't get much love, but "Paper Planes" gradually gained traction when it was released in February , and by the summer it was a hit.

Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2. This song was sampled on the Jay-Z, T. Kala was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as their best album of It was named after M. A's mother, who influenced much of the lyrics. She told the Philadelphia Weekly: The numerous wars being fought right now run parallel to the destruction that plagues the home.

The lack of structure, role models and time for family is a tragedy. More songs from M. More songs that use samples More songs about money More songs containing sound effects More songs used in movies More songs that refer to products More songs about immigration or refugees More songs that were sampled into hits. Sign in or Register to post comments.

This is definetly one of my favorite songs. I agree with Steel, From Portland. Jessica - Bangor, Me. The use of the Clash for your song is an excellent mix. I hope you use more in the future such as "I fought the law"or "White Man in Hammersmith Palais",pay particular attention to the line"If Adolf Hitler were here today we'd send him to Marseilles anyway.

It is great some people recognize the true talent that made up the clash. I applaud you for the fact you did not think of the message atleast you got it. I've seen a few request to interpret M. Personally I think it's quite obvious it's about drug dealing. Because of the often mentions of killing people.

Login Register Login with Facebook. All lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. What does Paper Planes mean? Get MP3 from Amazon. Play "Paper Planes" on Amazon Music 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 them all day I get one down in a second if you wait I fly like paper, get high like planes If you catch me at the This interpretation has been marked as poor.

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General Commentthis is what M.I.A says [about paper planes]:" I was going to get patties at my local and just thinking that really the worst thing that anyone can say [to someone these days] is some shit like: ”What I wanna do is come and get your money.” People don’t really feel like immigrants or refugees contribute to culture in any way.4/5(2).

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About “Paper Planes” This penultimate song on Kala marries a deceptively airy beat with a song about tourist-murdering passport-counterfeiting thieves. The song can be read as the clichéd story of immigrants or the owner of an arms industry. "Paper Planes" is a song by British rapper M.I.A. from her second studio album, Kala (). The song was written by M.I.A. and Diplo. The song's backing track is a replayed sample of the song "Straight to Hell" by The Clash, and the members of The Clash are credited as co-writers of the song.

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MIA said in an interview that her inspiration for the song came from her observation of the negative stereotypes associated with immigrants in the UK, even though the majority of immigrants just want to work hard and make an honest living and carve out a . Paper Planes by M.I.A. song meaning, lyric interpretation, video and chart position.