"M.I.A." as written by Justine Elinor Frischmann and Mia(mia) Arulpragasam....
You can watch TV and watch the media
President Bush doing takeover
Kate Moss in ads for mascara
All my youth the young offender
The bill payers, the drug dealers
Girls who are magazine covers
The part-time jobbers at the call center
No career plans cause you won't go far
Put away change for Ibiza and
Check your credit on your new Nokia

You can be a follower but who's your leader?
Break the cycle or it will kill ya
Break the cycle or it will kill ya
You leader, you lead, uh, do what you do
What really good's gonna happen to you?
What really good's gonna happen to you?

Your prime minister to your employer
Ego lovers need more power
Trendsetters make things better
Don't sell out to be product pushers
The gyro casher and baby makers
Try something new cause it ain't over
All poor people from all over
Lottery's got a rollover

You can be a follower but who's your leader?
Break the cycle or it will kill ya
Break the cycle or it will kill ya

Cherokee Indian, Iraqi and Indians
Girls and me girls when they come to the fellas and
Japanese, Moroccan, Caribbean, African
That's your life but who the fuck's your president?
You don't get my life cause I don't have a side and I
Spread dat boy 'I'm a mile wide and I
Got brown skin, I'm a west Londoner
Educated, but a refugee, still.
You wanna boy, you're old, you go
You wanna fight, you suck, you blow


Lyrics submitted by fourinxchange, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"MIA" as written by Justine Frischmann Mathangi Arulpragasam

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

M.I.A. song meanings
Add your thoughts

9 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General Commentshe's one angry and frustated girl...awesome song
    jacky4290on June 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbasically we are all just going through our lives without purpose. this song is asking people whats your purpose? what do you stand for? its saying that your following people who are setting a wretched example and looking only at the superficial. we need to dig deeper and not only do what is right, but demand that our leaders do whats right. its like why would i want important decisions to be made, and aspects of my life to be dictated by someone who doesnt know what they are talking about and someone who basically stands for nothing and cares for no one but themselves.?
    hayjay3530on October 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTotally honest...the chorus alone is a wake-up call for a lot of this world
    LMKon June 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere can i hear this song?
    DiamondSon June 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song's called M.I.A.
    nikoposhon June 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenton MIA and Diplo's split album "piracy funds terrorism"
    two tone beaton August 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove the song.
    what's a gyro casher though?
    megustamegustaon October 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's "Japanese, Morrocan, Caribbean African"
    atsuimanon June 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm pretty sure it's "haitian, laotian" not "that's your life"
    xferioron May 31, 2011   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain