Riff: Ray LaMontagne – “Paper Man”

May 21, 2018

I won’t live like a paper man/And step into life, the joy that I had/I won’t fold like a paper man/To which I’ve been told by a paper-white plan

from Paper Man lyrics by Ray LaMontagne

LaMontagne stands by his morals, explaining that he isn’t the type to fold under pressure. He’s lived enough to know that flip-flopping is weak and that the inconsistency can be damning to the soul. It’s all about control and if he relinquishes it to the powers that be then he loses his most prized possession, his voice. Without it he can’t sing his song and share his vision with the world.


Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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