Paper Tiger
By: Beck Hansen
Written by: Beck Hansen

Version Of: Paper Tiger

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Lyrics:
Just like a paper tiger
Torn apart by idle hands
Through the helter skelter morning
Fix yourself while you still can

No more ashes-to-ashes
No more cinders from the sky
Let all the laws of creation
Tell a dead man how to die

The deserts down below us
And the storms up above
Like a stray dog gone defective
Like a paper tiger in the sun

Looking through a broken diamond
To make the past what should be
Through the ruins and the weather
Capsized boats in the sea

Deserts down below us
The storms up above
Like a stray dog gone defective
Like a paper tiger in the sun

I just hold on to nothing
And see how long nothing lasts

The deserts down below us
And the storms up above
Like a stray dog gone defective
Like a paper tiger in the sun

There's one road to the morning
There's one road to the truth
There's one road back to civilization
But there's no road back to you
 
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Played live 168 times:
Earliest known live version: August 23, 2002
Latest known live version: October 18, 2017