Better go and get
Hidden inside
Better go and get
And head inside

I told you I would get you
At the back of the house
I told you I would find
A place to go

Paper trails on a mountain
And fruits on the table
A wooden house to house to live in
A baby; take care of

The grass is green but the
The sun is blue
Better find a way
To get through to you

Where are you when I need you?
Where did you go?
How can I find you when I need you?
Where should I go?

Paper trail on a mountain
Better find a way
A big trail on mountain
You'll find a way

The fire outside
Is burning up the place
But you're inside
Burning up my head

Paper trails on a mountain
And fruits on a table
A wooden house to live in
A baby; take care of



Lyrics submitted by UUTR, edited by rekit, ElsaSantiago

Paper Trails song meanings
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    General CommentI think it's about a young woman with a child. The father is not taking his responsibilities and a distance has grown between them. Perhaps 'the back of the hand' even refers to some sort of domestic violence in their household. The partner on the receiving end of things is flirting with the idea of leaving, because there is little left to stay for. However, having nowhere to go and still holding on to the idea of turning things around in the relationship is preventing her from leaving. This line of thought, however, is about to backfire and destroy what's left of them.
    LQNDQNon January 13, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is a very personal view. When I heard this song the first time, I totally saw myself in it how I feel or how my life sometimes looks like.

    First I don't think the lyrics involve other persons then the protagonist himself.

    "Better go back
    Rhythm inside
    Better go back
    Here inside"

    I think this refers to bring himself to a safe place, where you find some kind of peace you need to make difficult decisions in life or if life itself confronts you with a complicated situation to solve but you don't know how to handle it, so you try to go back where you feel safe. Either in real space or in the first place in a quite place in your mind.

    "I told you I would get you
    The back of the hand
    I told you I would find
    A place to go"

    Who has not soliloquies between the emotional and rational part in himself? Depending on the situation life confronts a person one of those parts dominates, sometimes one takes control of the other, for instance like you have to make a rational decision about something but the emotional part fears to lose something as a consequence of the rational decision but you still know that the rational decision makes more sense and is actually better, but you fight with yourself.

    "Paper trails on a mountain
    And fruits on a table
    A wooden house to live in
    A baby to care"

    The trails are the challenges to solve or the obstacles to master or the way to find the solution for those opportunities for new experiences but in the beginning we don't know how since it is a new situation to deal with. The fruits might refer to the result, fruits can be sweet or sour or in some way both, life does not offer only sweet things all the time... The wooden house is the human body, there were the conciseness "lives" in and the baby to care is the protagonist himself which explores the world of new possibilities and finds the way to solve them.

    "The grass green but the
    The sun is blue
    Better find a way
    To get through to you"

    This is a though part, but I think it is an abstraction for my previous interpretations, if you find yourself in a new situation, in the background you have your experiences you can relay on, which is the green grass, but the way ahead of you is represented by the blue sun, which is something that belongs to our reality and lives but is the challenge to be solved and appears strangely different in the beginning. To find a way in the most cases is the simplest thing, to find a balance between your two parts, the rational and emotional, so you find a way to yourself if you are in peace and balance with yourself, you find a compromise to a difficult decision where both parts are satisfied without fighting yourself anymore.

    "Where are you when I need you?
    Where did you go?
    How can I find you when I need to?
    Where should I go?"

    Still I think this refers to the conflict in decision making... Where is the part in yourself that will lead to the right conclusion? Where is the leading idea? Where is the hand to take us and assist us?? Where is some kind of god that leads our way?? All of them you can find in yourself!

    "Paper trail on a mountain
    And far away
    A big trail on a mountain
    You'll find a way"

    No matter how complicated, how difficult, how tough and energy draining life might be, you don't give up and surrender -> you will find a way!

    "The fire outside
    It's burning up place
    But you're inside
    Burning up ahead"

    Outside in the physical world there is what has to be solved but you burn up inside cause you think all of it through and fight with yourself about it, thinking all possible situations and results and waste energy to solve the actual challenge!

    "Paper trails on a mountain
    And fruits on a table
    A wooden house to live in
    A baby to care"

    And in the end he refers to the protagonist himself and life. Life can always confront you with things to solve where you might get lost in the beginning and there will be always any kind of fruits, sour, bitter, sweet or some mixture of it, you need to handle it and your mind and spirit lives in the wooden house which is your body, the baby to care inside this house, is the child in yourself or simply yourself. No matter how old we might be in this travel through space, we are just some dots in the whole concept, children of mother earth which herself is a poop of dust of the sun which herself is just a mote of the whole in our universe...
    jolly11475on March 07, 2014   Link
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    Song Meaningrather than think of the song as a story, I think of it more as a poem capturing a state of mind.. that state of mind being the confusion or depression of someone who's been rejected, and trying to cope with it or make sense of it.

    the paper trails are the memories the vocalist has of the person who has left him, trying to follow them like a trail to see how, and at what point, he finally lost her.

    he made her promises but only kept some of them. he made her a home and wants her to come back to it.
    rekiton June 23, 2014   Link

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