"Papillon" as written by and Mikel Jollett....
All dressed up, no place to run
No car, no girl, no pills, no fun
Nothing to do in this empty room
I gotta get my head together soon

Alone again, no plans, no friends
You come around at half past ten
You say "How are you holding up my friend?
Are you sitting around getting drunk again?"

And I hear the desperation of those lines
Wasted hours, others wasted time
Uh, yeah, I been just fine!

Then we're out the door in an hour more
We stumble down from the second floor
And we're swaying, braying
We don't know what we're saying

And you grab my shirt, your way so curt
I swear to God that this doesn't hurt
When you stare like that, you put on that act
You say something and then you take it back

And I feel as though I've done something wrong
Oh, how I miss you when you're gone

And I wish I had the guts to scream
You know, things aren't always what they seem
When you walk away, I want to stay
Don't leave me here to pace and pray

All these nights I burnt, hours I turned
You think that by now I'd learned
That you're only what you pretend to be
I guess that was just lost on me

I can't stand the way you look at me
In that dress
Oh, happy, alright I might be, I guess
If I wasn't such a mess

I'm such a mess
I'm such a mess
I'm such a mess
I'm such a mess

Lyrics submitted by hugmecolin, edited by Phx27

"Papillon" as written by Mikel Frans Jollett

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    General Commentone of my favorites of theirs. i think a lot of this album has to do with loneliness and feeling isolated and disconnected from everyone, even those you care about. it's about the disconnect between how one really feels and the act being put on - the frusteration of a disingenuous world and the tiresomeness of getting lost in drugs and drinking and meaningless sex to replace real feelings and emotion. i just love the sarcasm and hurt in his voice when he sings "i've been just fine" then screaming "if i wasn't such a mess" is just great. i'm not sure what 'papillon' refers to exactly but it does mean butterfly in french and i find some nice imagery there - he is grasping at this fleeting, fragile beauty which doesn't want to be caught.
    guavajelly89on October 20, 2008   Link

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