Speaking in March 2008 to noted UK urban writer Pete Lewis — Deputy Editor of the award-winning Blues & Soul — Fiasco explained the inspiration behind the song: “I love Paris, I love Tokyo… And...
Let's go to sleep in Paris
Wake up in Tokyo
Have a dream in New Orleans
Fall in love in Chicago
Mayne

I love her
And I hate to leave her lonely
Ring ring went the iPhone, it was my homie
He said, let's hit Japan
If we can make 'em jam
We can make a hundred grand
Spend it in the south of France
Nothing further, I jumped
Grabbed my Goyard trunk
Got ready to 'Walk it Out' like Unk
In my John Lennon chucks
That's when I heard Murder
You're killin me, you're fillin me
With sorrow, sunrise, goodbyes
And missin you tomorrow's
I turn to see
My dream love supreme queen, meanest thing on the scene, cry
I drop my bags in a flash
That's faster one 180 on that dash sir
To dry her tears
And wipe the rain from my dear like Dasher
You's the dame who's the user name to all my passwords
The reason I get fly is Ivan Jasper
I even keep your picture in my passport
Love, Love

Let's go to sleep in Paris
Wake up in Tokyo
Have a dream in New Orleans
Fall in love in Chicago
Mayne

Then we can land in the motherland
Camel back across the desert sand
Take a train, to Rome, or home
Brazil, for real

Wherever I go she goes
Wherever I go she goes

So let's keep it, real
All in together, free Chill
Tell the stewardess to throw a movie on the reel
Heat up my kosher meal, exchange my dollar bills
Lean back in my first class seat, and sleep
Don't wake me till I land, when they barely understand
What I speak, but they nod to my beats
I tell my fans who I am, and they stand, and they clap
They applaud. They love me, my God
Otsukaresama deshita or maybe au revoir
A spree on Saint Henri, then back to Charles de Gaulle
So I can get home and tell her everywhere that I been
And, everything that I done, and
Tell her that she's the one, and, um

Let's go to sleep in Paris
Wake up in Tokyo
Have a dream in New Orleans
Fall in love in Chicago
Mayne

Then we can land in the motherland
Camel back across the desert sand
Take a train, to Rome, or home
Brazil, for real

Wherever I go she goes
Wherever I go she goes

Guess who's back in the, house
With a bunch of souvenirs and a smile for your mouth
I really missed you, each and every night I kissed ya
In my dreams fore I went to sleep to lala land to count them sheep
I swear you're lookin' prettier than ever
It's got to be a prophecy for us to stay together ever more
For better or, less or poor, or worth our weight in buried treasure
X's on the shore
I know my world tour's like war to ya
But Ian said: Aloha, and Harley said: Cheers
Julian said: Bonjour!, Big O was like: Yeah
Amanda and Le Messie want to know when we goin' there
Edison sends his love, so does the rest of the club
Of the international playboys and playgirls
But I revoke my membership, all for My Tenderness
She said, Pursue your interests, cause even If
I'm ticket less, I'll be there, by your side
In your heart and, on your mind
So, as I taxi down another runway
I Gotcha, who loves you bay
Now bring it back, now

Let's go to sleep in Paris
Wake up in Tokyo
Have a dream in New Orleans
Fall in love in Chicago
Mayne

Then we can land in the motherland
Camel back across the desert sand
Take a train, to Rome, or home
Brazil, for real

Wherever I go she goes
Wherever I go she goes
Wherever I go she goes
Wherever I go she goes


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"Paris, Tokyo" as written by Wasalu Jaco Eumir Deodato

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  • +1
    General Commentim pretty sure its "one time for your mind" in the beginning.
    i_am_who_i_amon December 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThanks Lupe For bringing it back to the Chi. I listen to this song and get real inspiration from it. I love this song, I wish this man so much success in life,..I know I use his music to focus, so I can get my own life right.
    The Artful Dodgeron January 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLupe doesn't smoke....
    Cushion January 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has such a 'A Tribe Called Quest' vibe to it and the lyrics are strung together so greatly.
    "Guess who's back in the, house,
    With a bunch of souvenirs, and a smile for your mouth."
    Definitely one of the best parts of the song.
    BlindRhetoricon March 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentballer song
    thecooleston December 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a good song. lupe flows amazingly and has a touche of Tribe in this song.
    Phaithdzyneon December 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove the '80s-hip-hop flair on this song.
    ClickForthon December 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love her
    And I hate to leave her lonely
    Ring ring went the Iphone, it was my homie
    He said, "let's hit Japan,
    If we can make 'em jam,
    We can make a hundred grand,
    Spend it in the south of France
    Nothing further." I jumped,
    Grabbed my Gyard trunk,
    Got ready to 'walk it out,' like Unk
    In my John Lennon chucks.
    That's when I heard "Murder,
    You're killin me, You're fillin me
    with sorrow, Sunrise, Goodbye's,
    And missin you tomorrow's."
    I turn to see my dream
    Love supreme queen, meanest thing on the scene, cry.
    I drop my bags in a flash
    That's faster one-eighty on that dash-er,
    To dry your tears.
    And wipe the rain from my dear like dash-er,
    Use the dame who's the username to all my pass-words.
    The reason I get fly as Ivan Jasp-er,
    I even keep your picture in my pass-purt.
    Massive_Lemonon January 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the line "wipe the (rai)n from (dear) like dasher". Aka dasher the reindeer. Amazing word play!!!!

    And "X's on the shore." I think that means x boyfriends and girlfriends who they left behind.

    But I think the song has a deeper meaning and considering that the album is based on 3 characters, the cool, the street, and the game, (the streets being the girlfriend of the cool) I feel that the song is about the streets. The cool is singing the song to the streets. I think its a metaphor for how some ppl can't leave the streets behind. Th whole "U can take me out the street but can't take the streets out of me" idea
    Cushion January 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe entire song has to do with Lupe having to leave his girl in order to make money as a rapper. he has to do months of traveling and international tours and really hates to leave her all the time.

    "one time for your mom (should be mind)"

    1st verse:
    explains how Lupe is receiving a phone call from his friend to travel to Japan to make money through a show. Lupe is ecstatic to leave and makes references:

    "goyard trunk" - brand of bag
    "get ready to walk it out like UNK" - unk has a song called "walk it out"
    "John Lennon Chucks" - shoe brand

    when he hears "murder", it is his girl calling to him saying she will be sad to see him go. he drops his bags faster than 180 miles/hour to dry his deer girl's tears.
    "you's the username to all my passwords" correction

    2nd verse:
    Lupe is in the air plane explaining the luxury of it all.

    to be continued, i have to go =)
    posterron February 24, 2008   Link

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