"Paris is Burning" as written by Phillipa Margaret Brown, Anuroop Pillai and Roy Kerr....
All of the boys and the girls here in Paris
Sing to the night without sight but with madness
I can't keep up, I'm a wreck but I want it
Tell me the truth, is it love or just Paris?

All of the boys and the girls here in Paris
Sing to the night without sight but with madness
I can't keep up, I'm a wreck but I want it
Tell me the truth, is it love or just Paris?

My heart is yearning but Paris is burning
Paris is burning all night long
My heart is dreaming but Paris is screaming
Paris is screaming all night long

My heart is yearning but Paris is burning
Paris is burning all night long
My heart is dreaming but Paris is screaming
Paris is screaming all night long

Kids in the street drinking wine, on the sidewalk
Saving the plans that we made, 'til it's night time
Give me your glass, it's your last, you're too wasted
Get me one too, 'cause I'm due any tasting

Kids in the street drinking wine, on the sidewalk
Saving the plans that we made, 'til it's night time
Give me your glass, it's your last, you're too wasted
Get me one too, 'cause I'm due any tasting

My heart is yearning but Paris is burning
Paris is burning all night long
My heart is dreaming but Paris is screaming
Paris is screaming all night long

My heart is yearning but Paris is burning
Paris is burning all night long
My heart is dreaming but Paris is screaming
Paris is screaming all night long

I've lost my way, it's hard to find it through
I see the night but I'm lost outside of you
I've lost my way, it's hard to find it through
I see the night but I'm lost outside of you

My heart is yearning, but Paris is burning
Paris is burning all night long
My heart is dreaming, but Paris is screaming
Paris is screaming all night long

My heart is yearning, but Paris is burning
Paris is burning all night long
My heart is dreaming, but Paris is screaming
Paris is screaming all night long

I've lost my way, it's hard to find it through
I see the night, but I'm lost outside of you
I've lost my way, it's hard to find it through
I see the night, but I'm lost outside of you

I've lost my way, it's hard to find it through
I see the night, but I'm lost outside of you
I've lost my way, it's hard to find it through
I see the night, but I'm lost outside of you


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"Paris Is Burning" as written by Phillipa Brown Anuroop Pillai

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  • +4
    Song MeaningThe phrase, "Paris is burning" comes from when Hitler asked one of his military men "is Paris burning?" to find out whether or not they had conquered Paris. Paris burning can then be taken to mean war.

    The line in which she asks "is it love or just Paris?" is probably one of the most important lines in this song. Paris, "screaming" with "madness", is her mind, in which a war is being waged. She's confused and struggling. Therefore, "is it love or just Paris?" translates to "is it love or just desperation?"

    "My heart is yearning, but Paris is burning" = "my heart is yearning but I'm also scared"

    She's not sure whether what she's feeling is real or if it's just circumstantial. Pretty nice metaphor I think--it's a well written song.


    As for the interviews in which she talked about "one crazy weekend that she had in Paris where she got way too wasted and just partied the entire time", I have not seen them, but I don't think she means to say that is what this song is about. If anything, it was just her inspiration for writing the song this way. (Besides, I've noticed artists sometimes lie about what their songs really mean. Who wants to harsh the vibe by telling the serious truth to the camera and interviewer?)
    Erilison June 13, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI'm pretty sure she says:

    "I've lost my way, its hard to find you through.
    I see the night, but I lost all sight of you."

    jonny311on March 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentparis is corrupt
    Gee_bohon August 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wonder if it's actaully talking about Paris or simply being somewhere in general.

    I love the song...

    I'm not complete sure what it means but More or less it's gotta be about Going out with friends, getting drinks, getting lost in a city, finding lust etc...

    for me it's just being out parying then the aftermath7 I've lost my way, its hard to it through/ I see the night, but i'm lost outside of you7

    The whole meaning I'm not completely sure :/
    Heeroon August 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe's said in a couple of interviews that the song is about one crazy weekend that she had in Paris where she got way too wasted and just partied the entire time. You can watch the interviews on youtube, pretty much all of them mention the meaning of the song.
    bing_bangon September 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a weekend in Paris she had when she was visiting French Artist Soko.
    maw995on October 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, this is about partying with Soko over the weekend. It's in the latest issue of Nylon.
    hoorayforerikaon December 24, 2008   Link

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