Song of the Day #1,201: ‘Papercut’ – Tift Merritt

Second in my series of songs featuring interesting metaphors is a track from Tift Merritt’s 2010 album See You On the Moon.

‘Papercut’ compares a former lover to one of those nasty little cuts that shouldn’t bother us as much as they do. It’s a fine metaphor for a break-up that continues to tear at us for no good reason.

“I’d rather a bruise,” Merritt sings, hinting at another nice metaphor for love lost. You can forget about a bruise… it flares up only when you press down on it, only when you choose to remember.

Speaking of paper cuts, I love the famous Mel Brooks quote: “Tragedy is when I get a paper cut; comedy is when somebody else falls into a sewer and dies.”

I also love the sound of this song. The whole album has a smooth, sexy 60s soul feel to it and ‘Papercut’ is a fine example.

Under the skin,
But no further in.
I’ve seen it before.
I was hoping for more.

If I could choose,
I’d rather a bruise.
I’d just rather lose
Than hear another excuse.

You’re just a paper cut,
I can’t see why it would hurt,
I don’t know why it would hurt but it does.

I live in the air
That’s open and bared,
I’ve never been scared
Of a little red.

You’re just a paper cut.
I don’t know why it would hurt
I can’t see why it would hurt but it does.

So I make my escape from all of this plastic tape
Where you play it so straight, so safe, so safe.
My heart will open again, reach way down and deep in.
It won’t take very long.
This mark will be gone.

You’re just a paper cut.
I don’t know why it would hurt,
I can’t see why it would hurt but it does.


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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,201: ‘Papercut’ – Tift Merritt

  1. Dana says:

    Ah, much better metaphor and much better song than that Mayer drivel from yesterday.

    Really like this sound for Tift and if, as you say, the album has this kind of feel, I could see really getting into it.

  2. pegclifton says:

    Nice song, like her sound. Also like the theme this week.

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