Make our escape, you're my own Papillon
The world turns too fast
Feel love before it's gone

It kicks like a sleep twitch
My Papillon, feel love when it's shone
It kicks like a sleep twitch

Darling, just don't put down your guns yet
If there really was a God here
He'd have raised a hand by now

Now darling, you're born, get old, then die here
Well, that's quite enough for me
We'll find our own way home somehow

No sense of doubt or what you could achieve
I've found you out
I've seen the life you wish to leave

But when it kicks like a sleep twitch
You will choke, choke on the air you try to breathe
It kicks like a sleep twitch

Darling, now just don't put down your guns yet
If there really was a God here
He'd have raised a hand by now

Darling, you're born, get old, then die here
Well, that's quite enough for me, dear
We'll find our own way home somehow, how, how

It kicks like a sleep twitch
It kicks like a sleep twitch

Darling, just don't put down your guns yet
If there really was a God here
He'd have raised a hand by now

Darling, now you're born, get old, then die here
Well, that's quite enough for me, dear
We'll find our own way home somehow

It kicks like a sleep twitch
It kicks like a sleep twitch



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"Papillon" as written by Thomas Michael Smith, Christopher Dominic Urbanowicz, Russell Leetch, Edward Owen Lay

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  • +4
    Lyric Correction:I am sorry the lyrics are all wrong... Here are the correct ones - I used the booklet of the cd...

    Make our escape, you’re my own papillon
    The world turns too fast, feel love before it’s gone
    It kicks like a sleep twitch
    My papillon, feel love when it’s shone

    It kicks like a sleep twitch

    Darling, just don’t put down your guns yet
    If there really was a God here, he’d have raised a hand by now
    Now darling, you’re born get old then die here
    Well that’s quite enough for me, we’ll find our own way home somehow

    No sense of doubt, or what you could achieve
    Well I found you out, I’ve seen the life you wish to leave
    But when it kicks like a sleep twitch
    You will choke, choke on the air you try to breath

    It kicks like a sleep twitch

    Darling, now just don’t put down your guns yet
    If there really was a God here, he’d have raised a hand by now
    Darling, you’re born get old then die here
    Well that’s quite enough for me dear, we’ll find our own way home somehow, how, how

    It kicks like a sleep twitch
    It kicks like a sleep twitch

    Darling, just don’t put down your guns yet
    If there really was a God here, he’d have raised a hand by now
    Darling, now you’re born get old then die here
    Well that’s quite enough for me dear, we’ll find our own way home somehow

    It kicks like a sleep twitch
    It kicks like a sleep twitch

    picnicon June 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Correct and complete lyrics:

    Make your escape, you're my own Papillon
    The world turns too fast, feel love before it done
    It kicks like a sleep twitch
    My Papillon, feel love when it's done

    It kicks like a sleep twitch !!

    Darling, just don't put down your guns yet
    If there really was a God here
    He'd have raised a hand by now
    Darling, you were born but you will die here
    Oh that's quite enough for me too,
    We'll find our own way home somehow.

    No sense of doubt, for what you can achieve,
    I'd help you out, I've seen the life you wish to lead.
    Well it kicks like a sleep twitch
    You will choke, choke on the air you try to breathe
    It kicks like a sleep twitch

    Darling, just don't put down your guns yet
    if there really was a God here
    He'd have raised a hand by now
    Darling, you were born but I'm gonna die here
    Well that's quite enough for me too
    We'll find our own home somehow
    It kicks like a sleep twitch

    It kicks like a sleep twitch
    Matuon September 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:They played this song acoustic for a Belgian radio station. It sounded fantastic!

    To me the song is about how you shouldn't count on some higher power to help you when things go bad. Like some people put all their faith in God, giving up the fight themselves.

    'Darling, now don't put down your guns yet
    If there really was a God here
    He'd have raised a hand by now'
    - You have to fight for your own life and future, 'cause if there would be a God (s)he would have helped already.

    'Now darling, you're born, get old and die here
    That's quite enough for me
    We'll find our own way home somehow'
    - The only thing we can be certain of is that we're born here and we will die here too. That's enough though, 'cause all that's in between is for ourselves to find out.

    'You will choke, choke on the air you try to breathe'
    - Figuratively speaking it says that if you continue to just put faith in a higher power to help you, not putting in a fight yourself, you will get nowhere.

    Anyway, that's what I make of it. The title 'Papillon' (which is French for butterfly) fits well with this (e.g. free as a butterlfy).
    californiakingon September 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:
    Sleep twitch: If I understand correctly, it refers to the small rapid body movements that occur just before you fall asleep. I have experienced more of them I you are really tired. You can actually wake up bacause of those. Would that be about seeing finally the truth that wakes you up from your sleep? The truth that destiny is really in your own hands.

    I interpret the song in very same way as people above. I'd like to add something about the video though. I seems to be about the journey of you life. It starts from a tunnel (haha), you rush through your life pushing forward with strength and determination. Some friends join you on the way, and leave you later. Then in the end, you just cease to exist. Creepy somehow.
    MrMMtkon October 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:"if there really was a God here, he'd have raised a hand by now."
    I really love that line. As for Papillon, I think both the butterfly and Charrière interpretations could work. Not a fan of the musical direction these guys have taken, but the lyrics are as strong as ever.
    tommygon October 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"Make your escape, you're my own Papillon"

    what should the butterfly escape from?
    The_$t!Gon September 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:A Butterfly escapes from the cocoon it puts itself in to transform into something beautiful... In the context of this song, I agree with Cali that its about escaping religion and finding yourself in the world as it is, before its too late.
    Guineafowlmanon September 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Also, the book Papillon by Henri Charriere is about a man escaping from prison so I think the song is a reference to this rather than to an actual butterfly.
    SecretAlphabetson September 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:I agree with the meaning of making your escape or something like that. He says you just got to follow through if you want to achieve something.
    Yet, I don’t understand what the phrase ‘it kicks like a sleep twitch’ means. I’m not a native speaker, so I used a dictionary, but still I don’t understand how to understand it. Can anybody explain what it means, using other words or something like that?
    tomveldmanon October 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:why do all rock bands sound different after 2 albums???
    for instance: bloc party , arctic monkeys, peter bjôrn and john,...
    Tendaxon October 12, 2009   Link

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