"Paper Bag" as written by and Eric Rosse Anna Nalick....
She don't run from the sun no more
She boxed her shadow and she won
Said, "I can see you laugh through these bottle caps
And this wire around my neck ain't there for fun"

"But someday we'll all be old
And I'll be so damn beautiful
Meanwhile I'll hide my head
Here in this paper bag
'Cause if I can't see you then you can't see me
And it'll be okay
Fly little bee away
To where there's no more rain and I can be me."

Yeah, they talk about her
She smiles like she's so tough
She says, "Hey, can you talk a little louder?
I don't think my heart is broken enough"

"But someday we'll all be old
And I'll be so damn beautiful
Meanwhile I'll hide my head
Here in this paper bag
'Cause if I can't see you then you can't see me
And it'll be okay
Fly little bee away
To where there's no more rain and I can be me."

Some days I wade in the indigo
Singing that song on the radio
I blame these puddles on the rain
You know I gotta keep these cheeks dry today
Gotta keep my cheating strategy
And baby I'm gonna have it made.

"But someday we'll all be old
And I'll be so damn beautiful
Meanwhile I'll hide my head
Here in this paper bag
'Cause if I can't see you then you can't see me
And it'll be okay
Fly little bee away
To where there's no more rain and I can be me."


Lyrics submitted by dont_say_a_word17

"Paper Bag" as written by Christopher John Thorn Anna Christine Nalick

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., IMAGEM MUSIC INC

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    General CommentI think it's really the least deep of all her songs, but also one of my favs. The girl doesn't fit in, everyone makes fun of her, but soon she'll grow up, and they'll all see how beautiful she really is. Meanwhile, she'll hide and ignore them, just waiting to turn into a butterfly. she just keeps smileing, because she knows that somday they'll be old and ugly, and she'll be beautiful.
    coastal_birdon March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is the ode to adolesence, you know, the whole braces and bottlecaps. I think it's her teenage self telling everyone that someday she'll be "so damn beautiful." I love this song, a perosonal fav. on the album!
    callireon March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree that its a song about adolesence and the awkwardness that most people go through. I love this song so much it always makes me smile :)
    wolf cubon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think she's referencing "No Rain" by Blind Melon in the section:
    "Singing that song on the radio
    I blame these puddles on the rain
    You know I gotta keep these cheeks dry today
    Gotta keep my cheating strategy
    And baby I'm gonna have it made"

    It just reminds me of "ya know I'd like to keep my cheeks dry today
    so stay with me and I'll have it made" from the Blind Melon song. And there's a lot of references to rain. Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but I just thought it was kinda ironic.
    northofgravityon April 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe blind melon reference totally works, northofgravity...
    if you've seen the video, it features an overweight girl with thick glasses (the whole "see you laugh through these bottle caps"/coke-bottle glasses reference) who wears a horrific bumblebee tutu (the "fly little bee away" line in the chorus).
    between the references to the other song's lyrics and the references to the video, it totally connects...
    grinreaperon July 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAfter Hering This Song On The Radio. I NOw Like It Better Than Breathe (2AM). This Song Is About Somone Who Does Not Fit In and Want To Hide From Every One. Maby They Look Different Or Have A Handicap.
    David6.neton July 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was wondering what people thought the line

    "And this wire around my neck ain't there for fun" meant. I understand the bottlecaps to be glasses, but I don't get this. Could it be headgear for braces?
    emc1589on November 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was wondering what people thought the line

    "And this wire around my neck ain't there for fun" meant. I understand the bottlecaps to be glasses, but I don't get this. Could it be headgear for braces?
    emc1589on November 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnna Nalick talking about Paper Bag on her website:

    "I wrote all of them all by my lonesome...except for Paper Bag in which I obviously borrowed one or two Blind Melon lyrics "keep these cheeks dry today" and "I'm gonna have it made" ( I had personal permission of course)". So the Blind Melon theories are correct!
    emc1589on November 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPaper Bag is one of my favorite Anna songs. Recently, things have started getting to me - people mocking me, joking around a little cruelly. Even though the song wasn't written exactly for my situation, if I listen to it with that understanding of it, it really applies well. I love "Someday we'll all be old and I'll be so damn beautiful" - it just has this "I'll show them" attitude, taking comfort in knowing that someday this won't matter.
    anythingbutordinaryon May 18, 2007   Link

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