"Bamboo Banga" as written by Mathangi Arulpragasam, David James Andrew Taylor and Jonathan Michael Richman....
Road runner, road runner
Going hundred mile per hour
With your radio on
With your radio on

Road runner, road runner
Going hundred mile per hour
With your radio on
With your radio on

Somalia, Angola, Ghana, Ghana, Ghana (hey!)
India, Sri Lanka, Burma, bamboo banga (hey!)
This the bamboo banga
I said bamboo banga
This the bamboo banga
I said bamboo banga
And we're hittin our records like a tennis player
And the drummers do the shit like the macarena
This the jungle banga
Or the cold jammer
I said jungle banga
I said cold jammer
I said jungle banga
I said cold jammer

I'm bored of eating banana
I want guanabana
I wanna warm my buns this summer summer summer summer
Now I'm sittin' down chillin on some gun powder
Strike / match / light / fire
Who's that girl called Maya?
M.I.A. coming back with power power (power power!)
M.I.A. coming back with power power (power power!)
I said M.I.A. coming back with power power (power power!)
M.I.A. coming back with power power (power power!)

I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga

I'm knocking on the doors of your hummer hummer
Yeah, I'm knocking on the doors of your hummer hummer
Yeah, I'm knocking on the doors of your hummer hummer
Yeah, I'm knocking on the doors of your hummer hummer
You'll be hungry like the wolves hunting dinner dinner
And we're moving with the packs like hyena ena
Barbarella look like she's my dead ringer
When I?m dogging on the bonner of ya red Honda

I'm a road runner
I'm a world runner
I'm a road runner
I'm a world runner

I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga

M.I.A. coming back with power power (power power!)
M.I.A. coming back with power power (power power!)
M.I.A. coming back with power power (power power!)
M.I.A. coming back with power power (power power!)

I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga
I'm big timer, it's the bamboo banga


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"Bamboo Banga" as written by David James Andrew Taylor Mathangi Arulpragasam

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  • +3
    General Commentjungle like? primitive? that is the stupidest, most culturally ignorant thing i've ever heard. And the Amazon is nowhere near India.
    satirecafeon September 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI never thought I could dance like a black girl.
    This song proved me so, so wrong.

    FUCKING AWESOME.
    feel me loudon August 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe first little bit is a modern lovers song, "roadrunner"
    ap0theosizeon December 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe bit that goes:
    "Road runner, road runner
    Going hundred mile per hour
    With your radio on"
    Is from a song called "Roadrunner" written by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, which loads of people covered (Yo La Tengo, Sex Pistols, Joan Jett). So just to be anal and factual.

    I always thought she was singing "bamboo bhangra" (before I read the tracklist) but that doesn't really add anything to this discussion cause that's prolly not what she was intending.
    all-is-sunon October 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is pretty much one of the most amazing songs...
    DymondDivaon August 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, but i think these lyrics are worng?

    i hear at the beginning:
    somalia, angola, ghana ghana ghana
    india, sri lanka, burman, bamboo banga!

    makes more sense than tomale!
    numbah101on August 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, i think the lyrics are : somalia, angola. but anyways, this song is so hot. and the tamil sample? amazing. it's basically like an anthem for people who live in india and other jungle-like, primitive, amazon places. represent, mathangi!
    patrickstumpswifeon September 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand also a mistake:

    "and we're hittin our RACQUETS like a tennis player"

    makes muey more sense
    ShiningOrbson October 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHa! I was thinking the last bit was "A big tiger, it's the Bengal Banga"

    I like mine better :)
    jeffeljefeon November 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaside from the "primitive" comment I agree with most. (I hope you don't mean what I think you mean). This song is sick. The whole album is actually. It's so interesting to see music that I think I am familiar with as a westerner, preformed and composed from a completely different viewpoint. There are so many regional musical influences interwoven in this album it's stunning for the brain. I would never have imagined all these types of music could work together in any way. It's genius.
    Esoterykon November 16, 2007   Link

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