"Born Free" as written by Alan Vega, Martin Reverby, Mathangi Arulpragasam, David James Andrew Taylor and John Graham Hill....
Man made power
Stood like a tower higher
Hi'ya hi'ya hello
And the higher you go
You feel lower oh oh
So I was close to the ants
Staying under cover, staying under cover
With the nose to the ground

I found my sound
Got myself an interview tomara
Got myself a jacket for a dollar
And my nails are chipped

But I'm eager
And car doesn't work so I'm stuck here
I don't wanna live for tomara
I'll push my luck today
I'll throw this in ya face when I see ya
I got somethin' to say
I'll throw this shit in ya face when I see ya
Cause I got somin' to say

I was born free, born free
I was born free, born free

Bo bo bo born free
Bo bo bo born free
Bo bo bo born free
Bo bo bo born free

You might try to find ways to be happier
You might end up somewhere in Ethiopia
You can think big with your idea
You ain't never gonna find utopia
Take a bite out life make it snappier

Ordinary gon' super trippyer
So I check shit cause I'm lippyer
Oh split the cheque like Slovakia
I don't wanna live for tomara

I'll push my luck today
I'll throw this in ya face when I see ya
I got somethin' to say
I'll throw this shit in ya face when I see ya

Cause I got somin' to say
I was born free, born free
I was born free, born free
I was born free, born free
I was born free, born free

Bo bo bo born free
Bo bo bo born free
Bo bo bo born free
Bo bo bo born free

I don't wanna talk about money
Cause I got it
I don't want to talk about hoochies
Cause I've been it
And I don't wanna to be that fake
Cause you can do it
And imitators yeah stick it!

Lord who eva' you are
Com out wherever you are
Lord who eva' you are
Com out wherever you are

I was born free, born free
I was born free, born free
I was born free, born free
I was born free, born free

Bo bo bo born free
Bo bo bo born free
Bo bo bo born free
Bo bo bo born free


Lyrics submitted by bananahero, edited by thefunnestyam

"Born Free" as written by Alan Bermowitz Maya Arulpragasam

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentThe brilliant short film, by controversial French director Romain Garvas, is just what everyone needs to see the brutal treatment used by various governments all over the world towards minorities. It's filled with great metaphors and some sick drumming by Igor Cavalera.

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    NeonJelloon April 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuicide is the fucking shit and M.I.A. used their beat beautifully
    pretty awesome song
    pretty awesome video
    fuck gingers loljk
    BienPeempininNICEon May 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correctioni think instead of "oh, and split a check like Slovakia"
    should be "oh, and split a Czech like Slovakia"
    it would make more sense
    but now i still don't understand this whole verse:
    "Take a bite out of life make it snappier yeah
    Ordinary gon' super trippier
    So I check shit 'cause I'm lippier
    Oh, and split a Czech like Slovakia"
    - if it has negative or positive meaning, because this splitting in 1993 was very peaceful and we both (czechs and slovaks) still have very good relationship
    Oh yes I am very proud that name of my lovely little european country Slovakia has appeared
    in of the songs of this extremelly talented and beautiful lady. Love you MIA
    ironhideon October 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE this song. I think it's about just being who you are even if you will be persecuted for it. You're born free to become the person that you want to be so don't let societal problems or society as a whole to stop you.
    stilldirrtyjaon April 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song...I like it 'cause it encourages you to think for yourself. There's all these systems out there trying to tell you what to do, promising you some reward in the end if you buy their bullshit. Whether it be the money-greedy corpotocracy (manmade towers, suit-ed interviews), new-age hippie spiritualism (uptopian dogma), or cash-crazed celebrity culture (money, hoochies), the end result is all the same: do what they want, not what you feel. And the video is mind-blowing...it takes the concept to an extreme and warns what the world might be like if we all totally ascribed to mass, totaliterian fear-mongering.

    I also dig the diss on hip-hop/dance lyrics when she's putting down the money/hoochies/fakeness...might just be me, but I totally thought about all the drunk, lame people grinding to Paper Planes at bars for the past few years (myself included)...it must be hard to have your tune become commodotized like that.
    thommyon April 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI loveeeee this song! It's definitely one of her greatest.
    mchrisseeon May 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust watched the video. holy sketch, David Blaine. M.I.A. has proven her brilliance yet again. absolutely amazing track with and absolutely fantastic video. can't wait to get my hands on the new album.
    ThatGouletKidon May 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is what I got from the song before seeing the video:
    Who is born free? Americans, and they like to let the world know it ("throw this shit in your face when I see you").
    From this point of view, the lyrics take on a more arrogant view when coming from a 'world super power.'
    SeasickPirateon July 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction"But now I gotta check for the (?)"

    I think it's:
    "And my nails are chipped but I'm eager"

    That's what I hear :)
    amylouise92on January 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I was close to the end,
    staying undercover,"
    I'm pretty sure it's
    "I was close to the ants,"
    Which I think could make just as much sense.. "With my nose to the ground" literally.

    Also almost positive that one line is:
    "and by now i got checked by the meter," as in parking meter.

    This song is the best. I think the shocking content of the video distracted a lot of people from the music.
    alexandraqwertyon February 05, 2011   Link

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