"Paper Planes" as written by Mathangi Arulpragasam, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer....
I fly like paper, get high like planes
If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name
If you come around here, I make 'em all day
I get one down in a second if you wait

I fly like paper, get high like planes
If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name
If you come around here, I make 'em all day
I get one down in a second if you wait

Sometimes I think sitting on trains
Every stop I get to I'm clicking my gun
Everyone's a winner we're making that fame
Bonafide hustler making my name

Sometimes I think sitting on trains
Every stop I get to I'm clocking that game
Everyone's a winner now we're making that fame
Bonafide hustler making my name

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

Pirate skulls and bones
Sticks and stones and weed and bombs
Running when we hit 'em
Lethal poison through their system

Pirate skulls and bones
Sticks and stones and weed and bombs
Running when we hit 'em
Lethal poison through their system

No one on the corner has swag like us
Hit me on my burner prepaid wireless
We pack and deliver like UPS trucks
Already going to hell, just pumping that gas

No one on the corner has swag like us
Hit me on my burner prepaid wireless
We pack and deliver like UPS trucks
Already going to hell, just pumping that gas

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

M.I.A.
Third world democracy
Yeah, I got more records than the K.G.B.
So, uh, no funny business

Some some some I some I murder
Some I some I let go
Some some some I some I murder
Some I some I let go

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money

All I wanna do is
And
And take your money


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"Paper Planes" as written by Mathangi Arulpragasam Thomas Wesley Pentz

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  • +23
    General Commentthis is what M.I.A says [about paper planes]:

    " I was going to get patties at my local and just thinking that really the worst thing that anyone can say [to someone these days] is some shit like: ”What I wanna do is come and get your money.” People don’t really feel like immigrants or refugees contribute to culture in any way. That they’re just leeches that suck from whatever. So in the song I say All I wanna do is [sound of gun shooting and reloading, cash register opening] and take your money. I did it in sound effects. It’s up to you how you want to interpret. America is so obsessed with money, I’m sure they’ll get it. "
    killstaron August 23, 2007   Link
  • +10
    General CommentThe "bang bang bang bang" and "ka-ching" overpowering the kids' voices really says something, I believe.
    lalunacrecienteon August 04, 2007   Link
  • +9
    General CommentWhat she's saying is, again, something that only an immigrant could understand. We make visas? She's referring to getting fake papers since getting legitimate papers is impossible to some people. Visas in third world countries are obviously only granted to rich people, but poor people will still find a way in order to live better and survive. Also, she's making reference to hustling again and how many immigrants are constantly thinking about making money or showing that they are making money, as a way to show "success" in the new world. Great song and great reference to immigration by sampling The Clash. The chorus, in my opinion, is what Americans and Europeans think immigrants are about. She's making fun of that myth that we are all violent and criminals because, of course, the only reason we go to Europe and America is to "steal ya money" (another reference, by the way, to Bankrobber by The Clash, good work Maya).
    andruchinaon January 20, 2012   Link
  • +7
    General CommentFirst of all this song is about making money. * note this- M.I.A is banned from performing in the U.S.A because of terrorist ties. Her lyrics are the truth to so many third world countries that need to steal to eat. It's about real life. Not US life but real every day life where the motto is killed or be killed. Not everybody has welfare in their country. You got to do what you got to do. It's so stupid that she was banned from the US cause her lyrics are no different from any US rapper. It just happens to be from the wrong side of the world. She's awesome but right now it's not American to listen to her according to the fat cats in Washington. Freedom of speech is free till you don't talk freely.
    IthinkImRighton March 28, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe song's about America's fear of immigrants. The song lyrics describe illegal ways of making money, but the video shows M.I.A. as a cashier selling sandwiches, a delivery girl, and worker in a shop. All legit jobs. So even though many Americans associate immigrants with the baddest things in society (lethal poison for the system), the reality is that most legitimately work to make a living, and some even say the economy couldn't run without them (I agree). Her outfits are awesome too.
    nelson14on September 28, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI believe she is actually saying "Burner pre-paid wireless." I know part of this album was recorded in Baltimore. On the show The Wire (set in Baltimore) prepaid cell-phones were called burners, usually for drug dealing purposes. Song is a killer for sure.
    Igotoon November 13, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti love the song from first time i heard it in london!!!it reminds me to my life there!...finally a woman who speaks out modern day issues in people's language, ...visas in my name, clocking that game, ...
    does pirate skulls and bones stand for an immigrant mafia or just in general?

    women power!!
    3rd world democracy!!now!


    its not like some posters said a woman trying to sound like gangster, ...she's making fun of the system
    and state of being, and talks in same time of normal daily survival (especially for immigrant young ones, political people, worker's, ...): it's very realistic! and in same time very positive and cheerful!
    being cheerful in a song doesnt mean it has to deal with light issues only!
    mia is immigrant from political background, educated, designer, involved in human rights, ...

    nowadays ..
    youre confronted with all these issues anyway, you dont have to be a gangster!
    especially if you try to be independent, to grasp whats going on, and have social responsiblity, ... and live true to yourself.
    just open your eyes!

    sheidaon May 18, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI heard "summer murder" but that was wrong.
    _ellieon October 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI can totally see this song being about America now. I've had it stuck permanetly in my head ever since the performance at the grammys.(my favorite followed closely by Katy Perry and the banana. I was like please preggers don't go into labor on stage. Gotta love her guts, style and swagger though.) But America is all about making a dollar. Sad but true. It doesn't matter who you take down who you hurt or kill, in the hood especially, as long as you got bank. Money makes America go round. You need money for everything, and most have to hustle to get it now. I turn on the news and all i hear is he got killed, she got killed, drug bust, robbery, etc, is there ever any good news? I'm American, born and raised, but if u look at all the bs we got goin on over here, I wouldn't wanna be. Too much drama and all about the dollar. Every day that I look at the news there doing exactly whats described in this song. I'm in 12 grade and half of the people at my school say the same thing. We suck. America could do a lot better and I honestly don't know if our new president can change this in the amount of time he has in office.
    Prowler Kidon February 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I fly like paper, get high like planes"

    You don't know how badly I want that etched on my tombstone. I live by that phrase.
    D4MVPon November 17, 2007   Link

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