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John Mellencamp — Paper In Fire
Album: The Lonesome Jubilee
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Released: 1987
Length: 3:45
Plays (last 30 days): 2
She had a dream
And boy it was a good one
So she chased after her dream
With much desire

But when she got too close
To her expectations
Well the dream burned up
Like paper in fire

Paper in fire
Stinkin' up the ashtrays
Paper in fire
Smokin' up the alleyways
Who's to say the way
A man should spend his days
Do you let them smolder
Like paper in fire

He wanted love
With no involvement
So he chased the wind
That's all his silly life required

And the days of vanity
Went on forever
And he saw his days burn up
Like paper in fire

Paper in fire
Stinkin' up the ashtrays
Paper in fire
Smokin' up the alleyways
Who's to say the way
A man should spend his days
Do you let them smolder
Like paper in fire

There's a good life
Right across this green field
And each generation
Stares at it from afar

But we keep no check
On our appetites
So the green fields turn to brown
Like paper in fire

Paper in fire
Stinkin' up the ashtrays
Paper in fire
Smokin' up the alleyways
Who's to say the way
A man should spend his days
Do you let them smolder
Like paper in fire

Paper in fire
Stinkin' up the ashtrays
Paper in fire
Smokin' up the alleyways
Who's to say the way
A man should spend his days
Do you let them smolder
Like paper in fire
Comments (49)add comment
Nice segue: "Cumberland Gap" by Jason Isbell --> this.
Big fan of Mr. M and this disc in particular. So cool that Bill does too. I can understand how people don't dig it, but I find the pop sprinkling here and there refreshing.
 ace-marc wrote:
Bill you are killing me.
Such great taste and such an amazing radio station yet  you play Cougar and Counting Crows  and Cranberries - yuck. 
 
Should we all consult you as to what we should listen to? This is what RP is all about. Don't like it? Go back to AM Top 10 Radio.
I used to like this guy a little when I was a young lad. Now I love the guy. He is the real deal, as they say.
 antennadad wrote:

Conversely, I like a sprinkling of Rock-Pop or virtually whatever B and R play. I always really liked John Cougar and Mellencamp. Eclectic mix does not mean "excluding popular songs you don't like"  so just go with the flow, dude.  
 

Bill has established a high level of quality with the outstanding range and far reaching scope of varied music he plays. Those artists don't make the cut. They are sucko-barfo even on top 40 stations. By playing them he brings big blemishes to an otherwise fine complexion of the amazing Radio Paradise.
Damn bill another mellencamp song that got played to death NEXT
One of the better songs you would have heard on top-40 radio in the late 80s.
I went to the Lonesome Jubilee concert back in the 80's and to this day it's still one of my all time favorite shows.  This is definitely my favorite Mellencamp album.  
 lizardking wrote:
 lizardking wrote:
I know I tried to post a comment on this track a few months ago - before I figured out that the Android App doesn't actually post comments (for me at least) - and I think what I wanted to comment on back in March was that this is one of my favorite of his post "Cougar" songs. 

Both my mom (Diane, well really it was Dyan) and my stepmom loved the John Cougar phase, esp. my mom because he sang a song about a Diane.  And my stepmom because she had a crush on him.  

All that said, since I was a kid when that stuff was coming out, hearing it now makes me think of the good ol' days. This track too.  And thanks to BillG for playing the NEW Mellencamp....the guy really does rock!

Long Live RP!



 
Come on now BillG, how did you know that this artist coupled with Bruddah Iz ("Somewhere over the Rainbow) and John Lennon ("Imagine") would hit me so hard in the gut?  The CD I made for my mom's funeral in 2008 featured "Jack and Diane" (#5) preceeded by  by Somewhere over the Rainbow at #3 and Imagine at #4.   {#Think}
 

we all speak of desert island music, but no one really talks about the fantasy funeral playlist most of us muse about - or make. hopefully they're different.  good choices lizard. just the music can let you get to know someone a bit better. 
It never ceases to amaze me that there are a certain handful of artists on RP thay the music trolls love to come out with their dripping bile of hatred every single time... whether it's Bono or Gabriel it's the same baseless rhetoric that just nothing but being contrary... but with the fellow Hoosier Mellencamp there's always a bit MORE of masochistic curiosity that is like slowing down driving past a car crash, or sticking my tongue in the sore in my mouth, that makes me go to the comments...and I certainly did not have to scroll far....
 ace-marc wrote:
Bill you are killing me.
Such great taste and such an amazing radio station yet  you play Cougar and Counting Crows  and Cranberries - yuck. 
 
Conversely, I like a sprinkling of Rock-Pop or virtually whatever B and R play. I always really liked John Cougar and Mellencamp. Eclectic mix does not mean "excluding popular songs you don't like"  so just go with the flow, dude.  
Bill you are killing me.
Such great taste and such an amazing radio station yet  you play Cougar and Counting Crows  and Cranberries - yuck. 
we currently have this happening in the Mendocino/lake going on right now
 lizardking wrote:

I know I tried to post a comment on this track a few months ago - before I figured out that the Android App doesn't actually post comments (for me at least) - and I think what I wanted to comment on back in March was that this is one of my favorite of his post "Cougar" songs. 

Both my mom (Diane, well really it was Dyan) and my stepmom loved the John Cougar phase, esp. my mom because he sang a song about a Diane.  And my stepmom because she had a crush on him.  

All that said, since I was a kid when that stuff was coming out, hearing it now makes me think of the good ol' days. This track too.  And thanks to BillG for playing the NEW Mellencamp....the guy really does rock!

Long Live RP!



 
Come on now BillG, how did you know that this artist coupled with Bruddah Iz ("Somewhere over the Rainbow) and John Lennon ("Imagine") would hit me so hard in the gut?  The CD I made for my mom's funeral in 2008 featured "Jack and Diane" (#5) preceeded by  by Somewhere over the Rainbow at #3 and Imagine at #4.   {#Think}
I've always respected his work tho never had a CD, Does his own thing
This guy has never made me want to not change the station no matter what radio I'm listening to....horrible

I know I tried to post a comment on this track a few months ago - before I figured out that the Android App doesn't actually post comments (for me at least) - and I think what I wanted to comment on back in March was that this is one of my favorite of his post "Cougar" songs. 

Both my mom (Diane, well really it was Dyan) and my stepmom loved the John Cougar phase, esp. my mom because he sang a song about a Diane.  And my stepmom because she had a crush on him.  

All that said, since I was a kid when that stuff was coming out, hearing it now makes me think of the good ol' days. This track too.  And thanks to BillG for playing the NEW Mellencamp....the guy really does rock!

Long Live RP!


 WonderLizard wrote:
Always had the tightest band in town—sorry, Bruce.

 
Tighter than Dicks Hatband 


 bm.deavenport613 wrote:
Not one of my faves by John Mellencamp, but I can hum along to it.
 
John Mellencamp isn't one of my faves, but this is a really good song.

He wanted love with no involvement,
So he chased the wind; that's all his silly life required.
And the days of vanity went on forever,
And he saw his days burn up like paper in fire.

Like this song 
Not one of my faves by John Mellencamp, but I can hum along to it.
Forgot how much I like this song. Glad to hear it on this Sunday morning.  
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

BILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

DON'T MIX

PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
 Flip_flops wrote:
I have a brand new Scarecrow album framed hung on my wall!!!
 
Does it deter giant black birds from landing on your couch?
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Probably Mellencamp's best album though not his most commercially successful.

 
That's how it usually is for most artists. 
Probably Mellencamp's best album though not his most commercially successful.
I have a brand new Scarecrow album framed hung on my wall!!!
Mellencamp is always a 10 for me!

GREAT ALBUM!! 
Holy crap, I remember growing up listening to this sogn. This is the first of my parents album I learned to identify as a young kid, just before It's Hard and Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
This is fine Mellencamp. I can appreciate this tune. I'm not a huge JM fan, but I do like what he does bring to the surface with this tune.
Hurry Jason bring the mason!
Urp plop, bring the mop 
Nice!

I agree Bill. I saw him 4 times back in the day and The Lonesome Jubilee tour was the best of them.


 oldsaxon wrote:

I often think Mellencamp takes a lot of crap because he's popular. I like his stuff. It's fun. It's clever and it's often very socially relevant. I like it, no apologies. He's good. 

Where I come from there was a great music video show on Friday nights called "Soundproof" I miss those guys. Very funny and very not MTV. 

 
I'd be happier to hear this song if it hadn't been beaten to death back in the day. And there's a lot of formula cluttering up the good ideas he has in this one. But yes, he puts out some great stuff while he's wandering around in America's back yard during the long summer days of his music. 
When he's good he's damn good!
Always had the tightest band in town--sorry, Bruce.
Kenny Aronoff 
Meloncamp wow!!! Especially for Stingrays
 Stingray wrote:

Mellencamp on RP?

What a rare but good thing!

 

My exact reaction...particularly this song
Forgot all about this song ... it was always one of my favorite JM songs.  Seems lots of people don't like him — personally, I think a lot of men don't like him because he's so cocky. 

Mellencamp on RP?

What a rare but good thing!


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Good memories of this song and the time it was released. Going to dig out those JM albums.
This must be one of the best JM songs ever!
Whow, only the 4th comment untill now in all those years!
Like the song! Doesn't seem to be 25 years old...!

 basilandroses wrote:
the first time I heard this song was on MTV (when they used to play music...) I've always thought its one of those underappreciated jems that capture the essence of rock and roll with a dash of appalachia and a handful of soul
 
I often think Mellencamp takes a lot of crap because he's popular. I like his stuff. It's fun. It's clever and it's often very socially relevant. I like it, no apologies. He's good. 

Where I come from there was a great music video show on Friday nights called "Soundproof" I miss those guys. Very funny and very not MTV. 
 basilandroses wrote:
the first time I heard this song was on MTV (when they used to play music...) I've always thought its one of those underappreciated jems that capture the essence of rock and roll with a dash of appalachia and a handful of soul
 

WOW!  Not a single comment for over 6 years?  "Underappreciated" - - - just atouch of understatement there.
the first time I heard this song was on MTV (when they used to play music...) I've always thought its one of those underappreciated jems that capture the essence of rock and roll with a dash of appalachia and a handful of soul