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Papillon is a Rilo Kiley song appearing on their 1999 self-titled EP. Along with all other songs on the album, it is credited as written by Blake & Jenny. The two of them sing on the track, together and separately.

The song was first recorded by the band on May 2, 1998 at Sandbox Recording Studio, and appeared on a demo tape called Sandbox Sessions 5/2/98. A slightly remixed version appeared on the self-titled Rilo Kiley EP.


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The title of the song and the lyrics reference the 1973 film Papillon, starring Steve McQueen, based on the autobiography of Henri "Papillon" Charrière. In the liner notes of The Initial Friend EP, the character of Dega is misspelled as "Daga".

The "Morgan" mentioned in the lyrics possibly refers to Jenny and Blake's friend Morgan Nagler.



The song was performed in the band's early days. It was rehearsed for their acoustic tour in early 2004, but they weren't able to get it to sound as good as they wanted, so it ultimately wasn't performed.

Rilo Kiley songs
Rilo Kiley / The Initial Friend EP FrugPapillonAlways85GlendoraTeenage Love SongSwordAssholeGravitySteveKeep It TogetherTroubadoursThe Annoying Noise of Death
Take Offs and Landings Go AheadScience vs. RomanceWires and WavesPictures of SuccessAugustBulletproofPlane Crash in CVariations on a Theme (Science vs. Romance)Small Figures in a Vast ExpanseDon't DeconstructWe'll Never Sleep (God Knows We'll Try)Rest of My LifeVariations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C)Salute MY Shorts!
The Execution of All Things The Good That Won't Come OutPaint's PeelingThe Execution of All ThingsSo LongAnd That's How I Choose to Remember ItCapturing MoodsA Better Son/DaughterHail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds YouMy Slumbering HeartThree Hopeful ThoughtsWith Arms OutstretchedSpectacular Views
More Adventurous It's a HitDoes He LovePortions for FoxesRipchordI NeverThe Absence of GodAccidntel DethMore AdventurousLove and War 11/11/46A Man/Me/Then JimIt Just Is
Under the Blacklight Silver LiningClose CallThe MoneymakerBreakin' UpUnder the BlacklightDreamworldDejalo15Smoke DetectorThe Angels Hung AroundGive a Little Love
Rkives Let Me Back InIt'll Get You ThereRunnin' AroundAll the DrugsBury, Bury, Bury AnotherWell, You LeftDraggin' AroundI Remember YouA Town Called Luckey
Non-album songs EggsCousin to CousinDead Cat13After HoursSomebody Else's ClothesBig BreakQuickmartPull Me in TighterAre You Sad?Commoner