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10-02-2005
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I've just joined a community on livejournal about her, and this was posted.
I thought that I would share, and I've very generously bolded the lines that I think are fantastic. Also, I've been discussing the purple haze reference, and while I agree that it does likely reference Jimmy Hendrix and drugs, I also believe that it's about more than that. If you watch the video again, you see that the purple is used to illustrate some bombings and there is repeated imagery of tanks and grenades as well.

"I have an art book M.I.A. had published in 2002 by Pocko (http://www.pocko.com) as part of their arts series in association with Diesel. It's published under her real name Maya Arulpragasam. I bought it for a fiver a year or so ago in a bookshop in Soho in London. Justine Frischmann, former leader singer of Elastica, has written a foreward for the book aswell. It's got loads of her artworks and the back of the book is a flipbook featuring her lyrics, i'll write them for you here:

History Dead Time for Herstory
i'm a casualty, a war refugee
not black and white like a referee
missing in action gone to start a revolution
freedom fighter get injection
he no act, he get no reaction
my freedom fighting dad
they bombed his pad
called him a terror
and put him on wanted ads
kaliana from sri lanka
done too long being foreigner
eng-a-land now her homeland
from the time she came as immigrant
she done found her culture culture
she eat curry curry dance to ragga
she hates police whatever country
she loves refugees whatever country
i don't think i'm anything
coloured, christian, hindu, muslim
world too small, evolution fast
ethnic cleansing never worked in the past
the colour of my system reflects the spectrum
rainbow people are in this season
you pay your taxes to arm a soldier
we fight we get called offender
you can be a follower
but who's the leader

you leader
you lead
come chizzle my nizzle
break the cycle or it will kill ya."


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10-02-2005
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Purple (not haze, Lucrezia), I think if you right-click with your mouse and choose "Save As", you can just download the video on your hard drive and watch in on your PC. Worked for me.
Thanks, it's actually working for me again now.

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15-02-2005
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... Anyone else recognize that banana dress?
chloe, no?

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chloe, no?
Mais oui.

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"galang"

london calling
speak the slang now
boys say wha
come on girls say what, say wha

slam, galang galang galang...
shotgun, get down
get down, get down, get down
too late, you down
d-d-d-down
ta na ta na ta na

blaze a blaze (galang a lang a lang lang)
purple haze (galang a lang a lang lang)

who the hell is hounding you in the bmw
how the hell he find you, 147'd you
the feds gon get you
pull the strings on the hood
1 paranoid (yo)uth blazin' thru the hood

they say
rivers gonna run though
work is gonna save you
pray and you will pull through
suck a dick'll help you
don't let em get to you
if he's got 1 you get 2
backstab your crew
sell it i could sell you


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"pull up the people"

slang tang
that's the that m.i.a. thang
i got the bombs to make you blow
i got the beats to make you bang bang bang

yeah me got god, and me got you
everyday thinkin bout how me get through
everything i own is on i.o.u.
but i'm here bringing y'all something new

you no like the people
they no like you
then they go set it off with a big boom
every gun in a battle is a son and daughter too
why you wanna talk about who done who?
what you wanna talk about?

slang tang
that's the that m.i.a. thang
i got the bombs to make you blow
i got th ebeats to make you bang bang bang

pull up the people, pull up the poor

i'm a fighter, fighter god
i'm a soldier on that road
i'm a fighter, a nice nice fighter
i'm a soldier on that road

bring me the reaper
bring me a lawyer
i'll fight i'll take em on
you treat me like a killer
i ain't never hate ya
i'm a soldier on that road

i'm a fighter, fighter god
i'm a soldier on that road
i'm a fighter, a nice nice fighter
i'm a soldier on that road

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16-02-2005
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Thanks brian. All of the lyrics are posted on her website, by the way.

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no problem

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I WANT to like her, but her voice turns me off. :: sigh ::

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the mix diplo did from hollertronix (philadelphia residents) is hot. check that out...

m.i.a. - piracy funds terrorism vol. 1

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04-03-2005
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anyone know where to get her music from?

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10-03-2005
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I love her music too. I put her lyrics in from a song I heard at a fashion show, and I discovered she has been used in several shows. I love it!:p

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anyone know where to get her music from?
Amazon.com

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I like the way she mixes electro with some "arab beats". Very unusual. If Joe Strummer was alive he would probably like her.

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aren't they more reggae/dancehall than arab?

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