Paper Man

by @mikeb

Liner Notes

Shouldn't be too hard to figure out what/who this song is about!
Noisy roofers working on this building all week, so had to wait for their lunchbreak to record the vocals yesterday, and did all the guitar parts DI.

#rock #political

Lyrics

Paper Man ©2022 Michael J Birch

Cartoon character drawn in crayon colors
On a scrap of notebook paper
No substance, so 2-dimensional
Easy to tell he’s a big faker

Can’t find crazy theory proof, just make it all up
Hide the evidence, get rid of the rats
Convince the ignorant lemmings that you are right
You’re just another greedy rich fat cat

He’s a paper man
Living in his own made-up world
He’s a paper man
With a little mind seriously disturbed
Tear him up in pieces
Until his lying ceases
Burn him up to ashes
Throw him in the trash
Hey paper man, paper man just go away

Boxes of papers that don’t belong to you
What else did you take with you when you moved?
Everyone everywhere questions your mental health
But you don’t care about anyone but yourself

He’s a paper man
Living in his own made-up world
He’s a paper man
With a little mind seriously disturbed
Tear him up in pieces
Until his lying ceases
Burn him up to ashes
Throw him in the trash
Hey paper man, paper man just go away



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GREAT job--a real rocker. I remember one 50/90 where I had to work around chainsaws outside my window! (Which actually might lend itself to a rock song, now that I think of it). Great rocker with all the elements: lyrics, musical arrangement and vocal. Nice work!

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@tjeff

Sounds great, killer guitars. And I love that chorus with the backing vox and lead guitar - very '60s, like the more rocking Byrds tunes. I do know who this is about (I wrote one too recently!) - could really only be about one guy.

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@panch

The lead guitar running through the song is very effective and the vocal and production is spot on. To me it's like a cool cross between West Coast rock and the MC5. Yes let's hope he gets what he deserves although that might ignite some nasty reactions.

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whos it about? sounds like one of the human targets the kinks were so good at drawing. but i guess people like this exist in every decade. i stopped following US politics so i dont know which of the thousand fiends this one targets, but i know i wouldnt want to sit at his table. love the raging guitar solos and driving rhythms.

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Nice one! Yeah, funny we both wrote about this today. Well done!