"Amazon" as written by and Richard/arulpragasam X....
I was missing in action
On the side of a carton
I was taken in a Datsun
From a street in Acton

I was sipping on a Rubicon
Thinking 'bout where I come
It's all this for revolution
Cutting up the coupon
Saving for a telephone
Can I call home
Please can I go home

Painted nails, sunsets on horizons
Palm tree silhouette smells amazing
Blindfolds under home made lanterns
Somewhere in the Amazon
They're holding me ransom

Hello, this is M.I.A.
Could you please
Come get me

Smoking on a Benson
Trying to get me undone
Let me go
I don't want your attention
Under submission
Out of frustration I'll do it
I'll scream for the nation

Painted nails, sunsets on horizons
Palm tree silhouette smells amazing
Blindfolds under home made lanterns
Somewhere in the Amazon
They're holding me ransom

Hello, this is M.I.A.
Could you please
Come get me

Minutes turned to hours
And became our dates
When we shared raindrops
That turned into lakes
Bodies started merging
And the lines got gray
Now I'm looking at him thinking
Maybe he's OK

Hello, this is M.I.A.
It's OK
You forgot me


Lyrics submitted by Maraja

"Amazon" as written by Maya Arulpragasam Richard X

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    General CommentHere's a direct quote: "I was thinking about [the way sexuality is expressed in London], and I felt like, you know, it was just so in your face all the time, and being a woman, you really have to use it and put it in people's faces to get ahead. And I wondered what that was doing to - like, in Sri Lanka, sexuality is a whole other ballgame, you know what I mean? And it's so naive and it's so basic, and people have no outlet for meeting people and young people don't have anywhere to hang and stuff, and so when you get on the bus, you can really feel the tension between boys and girls - that's the only place they meet, on a transport. So I was thinking about how it's an unsaid thing over there, and it's in your face over here, and how people perceive it and stuff. And then I felt like if I was abducted and being held for ransom in the middle of the Amazon, I would actually try to make a go of it and try to fall in love with my hostage-taker person, and, like, set up shop! [Laughs] I think if you spend enough time with anyone, you can come to love anyone. There just doesn't have to be any hate involved 'cause it's actually about getting to know that individual human being and why they're doing the thing they're doing, and trying to understand it. I felt at that point that I could be so understanding of anybody that even if somebody took me to kill me in the middle of nowhere, I'd still give it a go and try to understand him."
    feel me loudon January 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is about a war-torn Sri Lanka
    apollo50on July 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite part of the song is:

    Minutes turned to hours
    And became our dates
    When we shared raindrops
    That turned into lakes
    Bodies started merging
    And the lines got grey
    Now I'm looking at him thinking
    Maybe he's OK

    I think those lines are supposed to represent the hostages being killed (bodies started merging and the ines got grey) and seeing that the killers don't really want to kill, but they are forced to by some higher government (now Im looking at him thinking maybe he's ok).
    zenzellaon December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think those lines:

    Minutes turned to hours
    and became our dates
    when we shared raindrops
    that turned into lakes
    Bodies started merging
    and the lines got grey
    now I'm looking at him thinking
    Maybe he's okay

    actually refers to the "Stockholm Syndrome" that hostages exhibit towards their captors. The "hostage" has seen minutes turn to hours. The captors have exhibited good will toward the hostage, giving the hostage water (raindrops). And these raindrops have turned into lakes (time has passed). Everything is not so black and white anymore...shades of gray. These captors aren't so bad after all (I'm looking at him thinking maybe he's ok)
    mik534on February 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song gives me gigantic goosebumps.

    especially the last verse where she starts to like the kidnapper, its really haunting and masterful.

    I don't believe in marraige but MARRY ME M.I.A.!!!! PLEEESE
    D4MVPon March 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. Lush, dense imagery....
    DubC4Lifeon March 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou don't believe in marriage 0.o, the words 'Rebel without a cause' spring to mind.
    fueledbyramenon April 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOn a track-by-track commentary for Arular, M.I.A. said this song is about being taken away and eventually falling for your kidnapper. It's an interesting concept, eh?
    feel me loudon January 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's "from a street in Acton" (a place in West London).
    Seanddon October 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song screams Stockholm Syndrome
    waterproofpieon February 12, 2008   Link

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