Paper Sun

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"Paper Sun"
Single by Traffic
B-side "Giving to You" (Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood)
Released 19 May 1967
Format 7", 45 rpm vinyl
Genre Psychedelic pop[1]
Length 4:14
Label Island WIP 6002 (UK)
Songwriter(s) Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller
Traffic singles chronology
"Paper Sun"
"Hole in My Shoe"

"Paper Sun"
"Hole in My Shoe"

"Paper Sun" was the British band Traffic's debut single, released in May 1967.[2] It was a number 5 hit in the United Kingdom[3] and peaked at number 70 on the Cash Box Top 100 chart in the United States.[4] The song is famous for its time-typical sitar riff, played by Dave Mason, and its vocals by composer Steve Winwood. It was also released in an edited version on the U.S. version of the band's debut album, Mr. Fantasy (briefly re-titled Heaven Is in Your Mind).

The single's B-side, "Giving to You", features an opening vocal section with lyrics sung by Winwood. The original B-side version was later released as a bonus track on a CD reissue of Mr. Fantasy. The song was later issued in a modified version (4:20) on Mr. Fantasy. The album version begins and ends with overdubbed spoken parts (probably by Chris Wood).

The song appeared on the soundtrack of the 2010 British film Made in Dagenham.


  1. ^ "Paper Sun review". Matthew Greenwald. Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Details @ Retrieved June 2009
  3. ^ Traffic in the UK Charts Archived 20 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine., The Official Charts. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  4. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950-1981. Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press. p. 604. 

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