Paper Sun

Album: Mr. Fantasy (1967)
Charted: 5 94
  • So you think you're having good times
    With the boy that you just met
    Kicking sand from beach to beach
    Your clothes are soaking wet
    But if you look around and see
    A shadow on the run (on the run)
    Don't be too upset because it's just a paper sun

    Ah paper sun, ah paper sun

    In the room where you've been sleeping
    All our clothes are thrown about
    Cigarettes burn window sills
    Your meter's all run out
    But there again it's nothing
    You just split when day is done (day is gone)
    Hitching lifts to nowhere, hung up on the paper sun

    Ah paper sun, ah paper sun

    Standing in the cool of my room
    Fresh cut flowers give me sweet perfume (too much sun will burn)
    Too much sun will burn (too much sun will burn)
    Too much sun will burn

    When you're feeling tired and lonely
    You see people going home
    You can't make the train fare
    Or the sixpence for the phone
    And icicles you're crying
    Down your cheek have just begun
    Don't be sad, good times are had
    Beneath the paper sun

    Ah paper sun, ah paper sun

    Daylight breaks while you sleep on the sand
    A seagull is stealing the ring from your hand
    The boy who had given you so much fun
    Has left you so cold in the paper sun
    In the paper sun, in the paper sun, in the paper sun, in the paper sun Writer/s: JIM CAPALDI, STEVE WINWOOD
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., T.R.O. INC.
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Comments: 1

  • Misha from UsaThis song refers to several older things including the boarding room coin operated gas/ electric meter and the old English currency. Around this same time, LSD was sometimes sold on little pieces of paper called blotter acid. Acid was sometimes referred to as Sun (the Doors song "Waiting For The Sun"). So, paper sun refer to blotter acid. In the song, the girl referred to has very little if any money, so while other people go about having fun, she escapes to the paper sun, where all kinds of cheap adventures are possible. But, too much LSD (sun) will burn you out. It's pretty obvious to an older person who did these things back in the 70's.
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