"Paris" as written by Troy Verges, Eric Blair Daly and Gordon Francis Sampson....
The train pulled into Paris
Like a rocket to the moon.
The station's like a circus

Every face is a cartoon.
And everyone's stoned on pride
And drunk on cheap champagne.

Tonight this joie de vivre
Sure don't live up to its name.
Now all I can say is

I'd give this world to you
Every rock and every stone
Every masterpiece in Rome

And if you'd ask me to
I'd steal the Mona Lisa
Tear it up in little pieces

And lay them at your feet
For all the world to see.
But tonight I can't give you Paris.

Aristicats are everywhere
And the air is as thick as thieves.
She'd like nothing better than to

Steal the breath from me.
And the tower's lights ain't shinin'
As it hangs its head in shame

At the sight of American blood
On the streets of St. Germain
Washin' up into the Seine

And I'd give this world to you
I'd steal the crown and kingdom
From the Queen of England

And if you'd ask me to
I'd take this city in my hands
Break it down to grains of sand

And lay them at your feet
For all the world to see.
But tonight I can't give you Paris.


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"Paris" as written by Blair Daly Gordie Sampson

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    My InterpretationI always thought this song was about a person willing to do absolutely anything for someone else, until there's that one thing you just can't give them.
    daquon April 14, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionThis is my opinion:
    While this may be a song about war, or love in war, I agree that it's about the things that someone would do for the person they love. But these are not little things, these are extremes. You'd be shot if you tore up the Mona Lisa, let us be honest here. However, giving someone Paris doesn't seem as extreme. I mean, I could jump on a plane right now with the person I love and be in Paris by morning, but this person can't do that for some reason. They just can't do that one special thing, and it's heartbreaking.

    I also agree that it might be that they can't give the other person the Paris that they remember best. The irony is that they are in Paris, or at least on of them is. But they can't get back the love that surrounds the city of lights. Paris in the war is violent and dark. Blood, thievery, etc. These are intense images coupled with intense emotions like shame.
    The circus imagery is also interesting to note. It's like Paris has turned into a joke. It's not even real anymore because it's changed so much.
    The other note I have is that the author references other cities with the art and crown jewels. There's probably some significance in referencing Italy and England. We also must think about when the song takes place, and where the Mona Lisa was located. Was this song in 1911 when the painting was stolen? I don't know, I'm not a history major...

    In my opinion, this is the most beautiful song ever. I love it so much, and it has so much meaning to me. Mostly because the person I love is from Paris. I feel like I would do anything for them, but I can't give them Paris. I can't give them their childhood memories and the smell of bakeries and the beauty that surrounds what they remember best. I can't give them anything close to that. All I can do is love them and offer them all I have, and that's what this song is about. It's about trying your hardest when you are powerless to do everything.
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    Je t'aime, E. Toujours.
    Avelineyon November 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFrom Gordie Sampson's website (the brilliant songwriter who wrote this one):

    The aptly titled "Paris," may be disguised as a love song, but it's actually about the three of them getting jumped and hospitalized on Bastille Day. "There's couple of lines in that --'American blood in the streets of Saint Germaine' -- which is what happened," says Gordie. "We loosely based the song on what it's like to be an American in Paris."
    shawn101on January 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI orignally thought, when I first heard this song, that it was about two people in love during a war - So the woman is saying this world is crazy and mad, but it's all I can give to you. But when it says "Tonight I can't give you paris", I thought she meant, but I can't give the "The Paris" like the normal non-war paris. Anyways, that's what I thought lol.
    Simplethings18on April 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most beautiful songs Faith sings. Her voice is amazing and the song is just lovely.
    mmms2009on October 30, 2007   Link

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