"Paper Tigers" as written by Mark Burgess, David Fielding, John Lever and Reginald Smithies....
Too much of it makes me crazy
Not enough of it makes me lazy
Too much makes me lazy
Not enough of it makes me crazy

Time stops just for a moment
And then again it's only an instant
Time stops just for an instant
And then again it's only a moment

They always keep themselves clean
They always keep themselves clean
They always keep themselves clean
They always keep themselves clean
They always keep themselves clean
Clean,

Know what I mean
Know what I mean
I wish that this feeling
Would go away

They're gonna get you sooner or later
These tigers made of paper
But don't pay now
You have to pay later
Confronting tigers made of paper
They always keep themselves clean

Yeah, They always keep themselves clean
They always keep themselves clean
They always keep themselves clean
They always keep themselves clean
Clean

I can't shake this feeling
Ah, I can't shake this feeling
No, I can't shake this feeling
Feeling, how do you feel


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"Paper Tigers" as written by John Lever David Fielding

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    General CommentMercyGround is right. Here's what Mark says about it:

    "During our early touring, back in the days when we had 'an agent' (gasp!!) we found ourselves, courtesy of 'Wasted Talent' down to support Killing Joke in Leicester. We arrived on time ready to sound check. KJ arrived four and a half hours late and we couldn't check until they had, very boring but no problem. That is until we started our sound check. I plugged my bass in, played a few notes to make sure everything was working and the sound guy shouted "ok, good, now guitar." I started laughing and looked at Dave and he did the same thing, struck a single chord to make sure the leads were working and we got another "great, thanks" from the sound engineer. We started shouting at them that we wanted a proper sound-check, not a line check and they told us that there just wasn't time due to the lateness of Killing Joke's arrival. Things escalated and, noticing the band at the side of the stage, drawn by the commotion, Dave and I unstrapped our guitars and ran at them. Fortunately for them their crew managed to stop us before we got to them. We told them all to fuck off and blew out the gig. Later a spokesman for the band came over and apologised and hoped we'd play the rest of the gigs with them but we told them were to go. Paper Tigers came from that basically."

    Chameleons ROCK!!!
    monster36604on January 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis one is actually about faimous bands like Killing Joke, beeing lazy and showing late for their gigs (they opened for a KJ gig once and can't stand them since then). Check the lyrics on their official website, they do explain it.
    MercyGroundon June 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn spite of the rather trivial and non-sensical lyrics, this song is Full of feelings of sorrow and mournfulness. When I was 19(& 20) my gf at the time and I would always make love to this song.
    I guess it describes our relationship.
    Sozlukon November 29, 2007   Link

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