"Paper Tiger" as written by and Britt Daniel....
I'll never hold you back
And I won't force my will
I will no longer do the devil's wishes
Something I read on a dollar bill
A paper tiger can't tell you where he stands
We'll go back tonight the way that we came
I'm not dumb, just want to hold your hand

So alright
Where we want to be
And alright
What that we could be

We could go kick down some doors together
Stay out til morning sharp as knives
The new war will get you it will not protect you
But I will be there with you when you turn out the light
Said I will be there with you when you turn out the light
I will be there with you when you turn out the light


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"Paper Tiger" as written by Britt Daniel

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    General Commenti know that the term "paper tiger" is used to describe something that appears powerful but is as substantial as, say, paper. i love the line "i will no longer do the devil's wishes/something i read on a dollar bill" referring to the phrase "in god we trust". to be honest i'm not really sure what this song means but its amazing and the word play is very clever.
    uglycellardooron December 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was:
    "i will no longer do the devil's dishes"
    planetearthon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure what this song means as well...but I must comment on how incredibly amazing this song is performed live...I've seen it 3 or so times now...mindblowing. unbelievable.
    Tornadicon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think on the recorded version it's "wishes," but when they play live it's "dishes."
    veganinfurson June 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of my favorite spoon songs... "I'm not dumb, just wanna hold your hand" its so sweet and simple
    ES1805on August 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentis it not "paper tiger"?

    like wtf is a tigar...
    wax butterflyon June 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHahahaha, tigar. Yeah, definitely tiger.
    elephant_seventhon July 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe sounds in the beginning sound like the podracers from sw ep1

    or is it just me?
    avs2006on August 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the lyrics.
    we could go kick down some doors together
    stay out til morning sharp as knives
    the new war will get you it will not protect you.
    subterranean_summeron August 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti always thought the beginning sounded like jurassic park, when a t-rex is coming. hahahahahaha.
    bicyclethieffon April 18, 2007   Link

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