Paper Plane

Status Quo

About Paper Plane

"Paper Plane" is a rock song originally by Status Quo. It was released as a single on November 10th, 1972 reaching number 8 in the UK Singles Chart, and appeared on their album, Piledriver. The song was written by Francis Rossi and Bob Young. The song was reprised, in 2014, for the band's thirty-first studio album Aquostic (Stripped Bare). It was featured in the ninety-minute launch performance of the album at London's Roundhouse on 22 October, the concert being recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series. In 2007 the song covered by Persephone's Bees. 


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Riding on a big, white butterfly
I turned my [Incomprehensible] towards the sky
Closed my eyes to look for something
Saw myself as really nothing

Then I realized my butterfly
Wasn't really up there with me
We all make mistakes, forgive me
Would you like to ride my butterfly?

Riding on a long blue paper plane
Getting seasick, sorry once again
Landing strip is getting nearer
Hope the fog lifts makes it clearer

Then I realized my paper plane
Wasn't really up there with me
We all make mistakes, forgive me
Would you like to ride my paper plane?

Riding in a three grand Deutche car
A to be is often very far
Home is near but such a long way
Legs and heads all feel the wrong way

Then I realized my Deutche car
Is only there to get me somewhere
Even so I really do care
Would you like to ride my Deutche car?

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Status Quo

Status Quo, also colloquially known as The Quo or just Quo, are an English rock band whose music is characterized by their distinctive brand of boogie rock. more »

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10 facts about this song

Song Composition
"Paper Plane," a song performed by Persephone's Bees and Status Quo, features a unique blend of folk, rock, pop, and psychedelic influences. This intriguing mix delivers a diverse listening experience.
Collaboration Information
The fact that both Persephone's Bees and Status Quo collaborated on "Paper Plane" was surprising given the stark difference in their individual styles, with the former being more indie-pop and the latter a legendary rock band.
Different Versions
Despite sharing the same title, the tracks released by these bands aren't identical. Status Quo's version of "Paper Plane" is from their 1972 album "Piledriver" and is a rock song. On the other hand, Persephone's Bees' "Paper Plane" is from their 2006 album "Notes From The Underworld" and is a pop song.
Success Measure
The "Paper Plane" track by Status Quo reached number 8 in the UK Single Chart in 1973, indicating the song's popularity and success.
Lyrics Composition
Despite the same title, the lyrics and themes of the songs are different. While the Persephone's Bees version appears to contemplate loss and liberation, the Status Quo version sings about a free-spirited, non-conformist character.
The Status Quo version of "Paper Plane" is characterized by a rhythmic, driving guitar line, while Persephone's Bees' version is more focused on angelic vocals and mixed instrumentals, featuring a more experimental sound.
Live Performances
Both bands have performed their versions of "Paper Plane" live, with fans often praising the energy and unique spins they each put on the songs in these performances.
Music Video
Persephone's Bees released a music video for "Paper Plane," known for its creative concept and engaging visuals. Status Quo, however, never released an official music video for their "Paper Plane".
Cover Versions
Because of its popularity, Status Quo's "Paper Plane" has been covered by several artists and bands, proving its influential role in the music scene.
Album Reception
Despite being from different albums and eras, both songs have received positive reviews from critics. Persephone's Bees' "Notes From The Underworld," which includes "Paper Plane," was praised for its eclectic mix of genres, while Status Quo's "Piledriver," which also features "Paper Plane," was lauded as one of the band's best albums.

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