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About the sound of gunshots in the chorus – "If you’re an immigrant you left somewhere and most of the time you fled a war. Gun sounds are a part of our culture as an everyday thing. If you’ve been exposed to gunfights and violence and bombs and war then I can use those sounds backing my thoughts, ya know? Look, I’ve been shot at so I’m quite comfortable with gunshot sounds. If you have a problem with it, go and talk to the people who were shooting at me." Asked about its relation to paper planes and the lyric – "I fly like paper, get high like planes/ if you catch me at the border I got visas in my name/ if you come around here I make ‘em all day" – "We make our own visas [...] A paper plane is the visa itself." – M.I.A. talking to The Daily Beast about "Paper Planes".
originally posted by: Revolution9
a reply to: Nyiah
Was her family the Tamil Tigers?