Paris

Album: I Like It When You Sleep... (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • Matty Healy sings here about a coked-up girl he met at a party, who is a "walking overdose in a great coat." He also recounts cheating on his girlfriend and his own drug use.
  • In the chorus, Healy romanticizes the French capital as a place representative of the simpler times in his relationship with his girlfriend. He explained to Rock Ur Life:

    "Paris obviously is a romantic place. This is the city of love culturally. This song is about a girlfriend. We've never really been to Paris and we always said that we were going to. And this trip to Paris that never happened stood for the salvation of our relationship. The lyrics: 'how I'd love to go to Paris again' is how I'd love to go back to that place where we were. Paris represents the place where it feels good and unfortunately, we've never got there."
  • Healy told NME the line, "Hey kids, we're all just the same, what a shame" is the lyric he's most proud of on I Like It When You Sleep. He explained: "It's kind of a joke pointed at elitism, racism."

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