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||Frug • Papillon • Always • 85 • Glendora • Teenage Love Song • Sword • Asshole • Gravity • Steve • Keep It Together • Troubadours • The Annoying Noise of Death|
|Take Offs and Landings||Go Ahead • Science vs. Romance • Wires and Waves • Pictures of Success • August • Bulletproof • Plane Crash in C • Variations on a Theme (Science vs. Romance) • Small Figures in a Vast Expanse • Don't Deconstruct • We'll Never Sleep (God Knows We'll Try) • Rest of My Life • Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C) • Salute MY Shorts!|
|The Execution of All Things||The Good That Won't Come Out • Paint's Peeling • The Execution of All Things • So Long • And That's How I Choose to Remember It • Capturing Moods • A Better Son/Daughter • Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds You • My Slumbering Heart • Three Hopeful Thoughts • With Arms Outstretched • Spectacular Views|
|More Adventurous||It's a Hit • Does He Love • Portions for Foxes • Ripchord • I Never • The Absence of God • Accidntel Deth • More Adventurous • Love and War 11/11/46 • A Man/Me/Then Jim • It Just Is|
|Under the Blacklight||Silver Lining • Close Call • The Moneymaker • Breakin' Up • Under the Blacklight • Dreamworld • Dejalo • 15 • Smoke Detector • The Angels Hung Around • Give a Little Love|
|Rkives||Let Me Back In • It'll Get You There • Runnin' Around • All the Drugs • Bury, Bury, Bury Another • Well, You Left • Draggin' Around • I Remember You • A Town Called Luckey|
|Non-album songs||Eggs • Cousin to Cousin • Dead Cat • 13 • After Hours • Somebody Else's Clothes • Big Break • Quickmart • Pull Me in Tighter • Are You Sad? • Commoner|