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Marc Cohn — Paper Walls
Album: The Rainy Season
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Released: 1993
Length: 4:15
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Well, I had just checked in when the sun came up
After ten hours on the bus.
I was staring at the stains on the ceiling, baby,
Trying not to think about us.
But then someone in a room five-oh two
started doing the thing that we used to do.
Every bang, every boom,
It was just like it was happening in my own room.

'Cause they've got paper walls, paper walls,
Paper walls... ooh, yeah.

I closed the curtain, I shut the light,
I heard the highway moan.
Next thing I remember they were having a fight,
And then, she was all alone.
I heard her cry in the darkest hour,
I heard it echo in the hotel shower,
I heard her start packing her things, so,
I called her number and I heard it ring...

Right through the paper walls, paper walls,
Paper walls, oooh yeah, now.

I've never seen such a sight before,
The way she looked when she opened the door.
Hush now baby don't make a sound,
When all your love comes a-tumblin' down...

Just like a paper wall, paper wall,
Paper wall, Ooh just like a paper wall.

It ain't the road that kills you, baby,
It's the all night calls;
It ain't the road that kills you, baby,
It's just the paper walls
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 oppositelock wrote:
I thought this was Paul Weller for a moment
 
Me too! Very much so on this one
 garyevans wrote:
He sounds so much like Paul Weller!
 

I hear Johnny Lang in spots.
 gigikent wrote:
i that guy(in the song) a creep or what?
 

Yup
He sounds so much like Paul Weller!
Sounds a little like Lyle Lovett to me. That's a good thing. 
i that guy(in the song) a creep or what?
wow... I thought is was Jonny Lang for a moment.

Like Like Like!
Но спс
я.....
Слушаю...
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Наверно, эт было не в тему..
я обычно все по РОКУ
Спасибо... бро.. и сист
микс ... гуд
Lake Street Dive's Neighbor Song (Making love upstairs) would be a good follow as well
Ok. So the subject of the song is staying in a hotel, hears a couple making love in an adjacent, then fighting, and swoops in to take advantage of the situation. It just strikes me as being creepy.
 taklalaratar wrote:
Yesterday we made unexists paperwall...
 

 
 
Yesterday we made unexists paperwall...
 Propayne wrote:
Robert Cray's "Right Next Door (Because Of Me) would be a good followup
 
100% agreed, both specific to this song and MORE Cray in general would be good too.  Long Live RP!!
 oppositelock wrote:
I thought this was Paul Weller for a moment
 
They do have similar voices, but the music doesn't sound much like something Weller's style to me.
We were lucky enough to see Marc play at Union Chapel in Islington London in the summer of 2017. Voted one of London's top venues by fans, this is a working church built in around the 1880's, with a great layout meaning everyone gets a great close up view and fabulous acoustics.

When he asked the audience for any requests, to my delight someone shouted Paper Walls, also one of my favorites

Marc then said, OK that's a tough one, I don't think I've played it for a couple of years.

There followed a note perfect performance of the song from Marc and the band.

A massively underrated song writer and performer.
 oppositelock wrote:
I thought this was Paul Weller for a moment
 

Exact same thought - he sounds like him for sure on this track
He is playing at the Egyptian Theatre in Dekalb, Illinois on Nov 9th.  It's a cool egyptian revival restored theatre - looking forward to it.  Our friends who are joining us have never heard of him, so it should be great.
 Propayne wrote:
Robert Cray's "Right Next Door (Because Of Me) would be a good followup

 
Ooh yeah...true!
I was thinking this could be Jonny Lang...
I thought this was Paul Weller for a moment
Cool song! Must have!
Robert Cray's "Right Next Door (Because Of Me) would be a good followup
reminded me of Paul Weller {#Music}
which is a good thing
5/11/17 
I've never before heard this Marc Cohn song...thanks Bill. I love it, and will likely buy the CD!

Cheers from Hilton Head Island,
Anton 
very first cohn album I heard, rest of it is great as well
First one....{#Bananajam}