"20 Dollar" as written by Dave Taylor and Writer Unknown....
War war war
Talkin' about y'alls such a bore
I'd rather talk about moi
Like do you know the cost of AK's up in Africa?
20 dollars ain't shit to you
But that's how much they are
So they're gonna use this shit just to get by

Is gold, diamonds helpin' ya?
Don't you like my bandana?
My stains hang low
On my shirts like a-ya-ya
Monkey brains and banana
I'll hit you with my antenna
I put soap in my eye
Make it red so I look raaa ra ra

So I woke up with my holy Qur'an and found out I like Allah-lah
So we shooting til the song is up
Little boys are acting up
Baby mamas are goin crazy
And the leaders all around cracking up
We goat rich, we fry
Price of living in a shanty town just seems very high
We still like T.I.
We still look fly
Dancing as we shooting up
And looting just to get by

With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head'll collapse when there's nothing in it
And you'll ask yourself:
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?

War war war
Who made me like this?
Was it me and God in co-production?
My devil's on speed dial
Everytime I take the wrong direction
All I want is one thing and that is what you got
Sometimes I go lose my mind and then I feel numb

There's 24 hours in a day
I used to split it 8, 8, 8
8 work, 8 sleep, 8 for play
Now I give it all takes

People on the Internet
A new life for the intellect
People judge me so hard
Coz I don't floss my titty set
I was born out of dirt like I'm porn in a skirt
I was a little girl who made good with all that I blurt
I put people on the map that never seen a map
I show 'em something they ain't ever seen
And hope they make it back

With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head'll collapse when there's nothing in it
And you'll ask yourself:
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?

With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head'll collapse when there's nothing in it
And you'll ask yourself:
Where is my mind?


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"20 Dollar" as written by Peter Hook Stephen Paul David Morris

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  • +3
    General CommentShe's obviously talking about the war in Uganda. The "Invisible Children". The children of Uganda are being kidnapped and are forced to kill people... which includes children, men, and women. The whole thing about diamonds can be referenced to the movie "Blood & Diamonds". That country is corrupt and the cost of diamonds results in blood/slaughter/murder/genocide. The children are the ones that buy the AKs. She's talking about how people ignore it and pretend that it isn't happening. This is a political song about the things that are going on in Africa and about how people just look the other way.

    The rest I'm just assuming is how she feels about the whole thing.
    sharkiesharkson August 31, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlso, she's not ripping off other music, that's how M.I.A. makes songs, she samples other bands and music for inspiration.
    It's not stealing either.
    aspion February 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the Pixies song "where is my mind" and in $20 M.I.A's use of the lyrics just adds to the point she is trying to get across...Where is my mind?
    huhwhatyeahon August 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfav one ! thanks for posting.
    geenoon August 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentteety set? no idea :S
    killstaron August 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMIA ROCKS. this is the best song ive heard in a long time,
    slinkstersarson August 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the Pixies song "where is my mind" and in $20 M.I.A's use of the lyrics just adds to the point she is trying to get across...Where is my mind?
    huhwhatyeahon August 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe is just talking about everything that she is about... when she says "People judge me so hard
    coz I don't floss my titty set" means that people judge her hard cause she is a female that is not talking about sex and popping her female parts.. and the rest is about how it is in the third world.
    amauris17on September 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm sure she says floss my teeth, not flash my titty set.
    Seanddon September 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are way wrong.
    cgcgon October 14, 2007   Link

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