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M.I.A.: Paper Planes Meaning

Song Released: 2008

Paper Planes Lyrics

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...


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    Jul 29th, 2009 7:23pm report

    It definitely is a sociocritical and in a way ironical song.
    She is dealing with the stereotypes, prejudices and generalizations many people have against foreigners respectively immigrants e.g. That they are criminal, violent etc. as she is a british woman with sri lankan roots herself.

    Another speculated interpretation:
    In her refrain she condemns the american foreign policy


    All I wanna do is [start a war] -> (BANG BANG BANG BANG!)
    And [rob your ressources, oil, whatever] -> (KKKAAAA CHING!)
    And take your money [this is literally]

    There are many other assumptions - probably only M.I.A. Herself can doubtlessly explain what she is singing about ;)

    p.s.: You're right, in the video she is selling subs, no drugs, but just look at the shape... I think its supposed to appear like a giant joint or maybe even well wrapped drugs. The scene is redolent of the video "because I got high" by afroman, who is selling drugs out of a ice cream truck as well. The jamaican-looking fellow next to her might even support this thesis, because I think everyone knows what they are renowned for ;)


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    Jul 17th, 2010 7:55pm report

    This song is from the point of view of a minority or someone being discriminated against. People automatically assume that they're a murderer or a drug dealer, when they really just lead a simple life. So this song is basically that person humoring the people who think they're something they're not. An example of this is the chorus, "All I want to do is BANG BANG BANG BANG!
    And KA-CHING! And take your money". Another example, my favorite is when she sings "Some, some, some, I some I murder Some, I some I let go Some, some,some, I some I murder Some, I some I let go"


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    Mar 11th, 2009 3:28pm report

    this song confusses me because if you watch the music video she is selling subs...but everyone says its about drugs...

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    Jan 27th, 2009 1:45pm report

    My boyfriends is friends with her boyfriend and he told me its about hooking up with a guy...robbing him...then killing him!!!

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    Jan 26th, 2009 1:22am report

    It's possible that the song has to do with being an immigrant in a new country and the various stereotypes associated with immigrants...that they are only interested in being gangsters, dealing drugs, and "taking your money"


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    Dec 31st, 2008 12:50pm report

    I think this songs about hustling in many different ways its kinda hard to decide which one fits best ( poker / hitman / drug dealers / robberies )


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    Dec 28th, 2008 12:49pm report

    I think in this song the line "I fly like paper get high like planes" is meant to be sort of backwards, because planes fly and you can get high from paper (a rolled joint)

    The obvious interpretation of the chorus is an armed robbery, but MIA herself said the other possibility was a black market business selling guns. You decide.


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    Sep 1st, 2008 9:37pm report

    I've seen a few request to interpret M.I.A- Paper Planes. Personally I think it's quite obvious it's about drug dealing. because of the lyrics "I fly like paper get high like planes" "lethal poison for the system" "If you come around here I make 'em all day." and "pirate skulls sticks and stones and weed and bongs" It could also just be about vaguely gang banging. Because of the often mentions of killing people.

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