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Stromae: Papaoutai Meaning

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Song Released: 2013


Papaoutai Lyrics


Tell me where he’s from
Finally I know where I’m going
Mother says when we search good
We’ll be done looking forever

She says he’s never very far
He goes to work every day
Mother says working is good
Better than being in bad...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Oct 19th 2014 report

    Stromae wrote this about his own experience of not having his dad. His dad died when he was young. (Wikipedia)

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    anonymous
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    Sep 16th 2014 report

    Papaoetai just means dead where you at. It's all about growing up without a dad and seeing other kids have a great time with their dad

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 17th 2017 report

    Kid grows up with dad, asking 'where are you?' everyone else has a dad having to fill in the blank places where his dad should be.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 7th 2017 report

    It's about him knowing that when he grows up he may be like his dad and not being there for his child but at the same time knowing he can't stay young forever and will have to become a man

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 23rd 2016 report

    I think it means that the father is dead in a war or something and the son has to learn to get on without him. At the end, he gives up trying to get his father back and just joins him.


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