I heard you're suffering
Come be a wild thing
Come run with Jackie, me, and this lady

The stupid house you made
Fell away like paper lace
Come run with Jackie, me, and this lady

And when you're done crying to everyone
You can go back to your good home
She will be tired
But she'll be glad
When you go back
To your good home

Paper burns and paper fades and
paper crumples into ugly shapes

Come run with Jackie, me, and this lady

And when you're done crying to everyone
You can go back to your good home
She will be tired
But she'll be glad
When you go back
To your good home

And when she's done dancing with everyone
She will go back to your good home
She will be tired from loving everyone
But she'll be glad that you're back home

But for now
Until you're home
You ride with us
There was no way you could have known
About the things she didn't know she couldn't trust

Oh sanctuary, oh sanctuary (repeat through)
Oh for now
Until you're home
You ride with us
There was no way you could have known
About the things she didn't know she couldn't trust

Oh what's in the world?
What's in the world?
What's in the hearts of pretty girls?

There's nothing left
Inside the room you've filled
With lion skins and laurels
Those were good ideas
But they weren't
Diamonds and pearls


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Paper Lace song meanings
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    General Commentamazing.
    shanalee88on March 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwierdly romantic
    the music that plays at the end of the song is vaguely sweet

    leninon March 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is an incredible song.

    I'm pretty sure it's about marriage. What is a marriage license if not "paper lace" that can so easily burn, fade, or morph into something ugly? In this case, I'm thinking there's some poor guy whose pretty wife just left him. Spencer invites him to run wild--to be single and carefree once more--instead of moping around. This poor guy has been trying to please him wife (aka the lion skins and laurels), but in the end, he's not rich and he can't give her any materialistic displays of love. But I get the feeling that their seperation is only temporary--like both him and his wife are just playing at being "on the wild side," but they will inevitably return to the "sanctuary" that is their marriage. Either that, or it's the complete opposite, that this guy is telling himself that she will be coming back, although really he doesn't understand her or the fact that she's not coming back.

    God, SK has outdone himself... this is such a beautiful, mature, and poetic song. The chants of "oh sanctuary" just kill me. I don't think I've touched on half the themes in this song--it is such a subtle one.

    JasonBelieveMeon April 15, 2009   Link

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