"Bad Girls" as written by Marcella Christina Araica, Mathangi Arulpragasam and Nate Hills....
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well

My chain hits my chest
When I'm bangin' on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I'm bangin' on the radio

Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don't go screaming if I blow you with a bang

Suki Zuki
I'm coming in the Cherokee
Gasoline
There's steam on the window screen

Take it, take it
World's bouncing like a trampoline
When I get to where I'm going, gonna have you trembling

Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well

My chain hits my chest
When I'm banging on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I'm banging on the radio

Yeah back it, back it
Yeah pull up to the bumper game
Yeah with a signal
Cover me, cause I'm changing lanes

Had a handle on it
My life, I broke it
When I get to where I'm going, gonna have you saying it

Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well

My chain hits my chest
When I'm banging on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I'm banging on the radio

Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don't go screaming if I blow you with a bang


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"Bad Girls" as written by Mathangi Arulpragasam Floyd Hills

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  • +11
    My InterpretationWell, I don't really know about the meaning of those lyrics. But after watching the video and seeing all those guthras, hijab-clad women, and dessert I think it's pretty much about the Saudi women and the fact that they aren't allowed to drive. The music video is trying to portray that irony with pictures of women and men drifting alike. When a man drive, it's considered as okay. But when a woman drives she is being called as a bad girl.

    And it's not M.I.A. if it's not about politics, so this time she is having a go at Saudi Arabia and the inequality among women and men.
    sedasion February 12, 2012   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationI love this song exactly for the meaning I read from it. There is the parallel with Saudi women not allowed to drive cars (outside the city?) - which means they can never get (far) away (fast) if they are in trouble or being abused. This song rebels to that idea.

    The lyrics word for word don't necessarily make sense to be honest, it's the overall idea they create that makes sense. "Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well" - it literally implies that women who live the way they want (freely) still in many parts of the world still suffer harsh consequences for it. Whether it be because of their "own fault" because they weren't properly educated (on disease even) or because as soon as they act out of normal ("bad") men hold them accountable violently.

    The video is double symbolic to me because the girls are racing ahead while a traditionally clothed man is ("still") riding a horse. Maybe it's supposed to imply that these traditional men try to suppress because these women are the future and they know it. They speed forward but the men can't keep up.

    I love it most that she redefines "bad girls". Usually in pop culture "bad girls" are "slutty". She is implying "bad girls" are simply strong and act freely and men sometimes can't keep up with them. Disobedient, non-traditional, intelligent, defiant women. It has meaning everywhere in a way, not just in countries where women are physically suppressed. Even in western countries where we believe women to be "free", they easily become "outcast" for defying certain expectations of what a woman should be.
    daisybubbleson April 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI think it's:

    Going up to bitch
    I’ll see it for a million

    Leavin’ boys behind
    ‘Cause it’s legal just to kill

    Shift gear, automatic
    Damned if I do
    zoemon February 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch an amazing song!
    homestarrunneron February 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a great song and such a fantastic video.
    oceanicon February 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentM.I.A. isn't a Saudi, she's Sri Lankan Tamil and British, and when she was ten she moved to England. She grew up during times of civil war in Sri Lanka and her father was a political activist in the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam). She had a childhood that in sure wasn't pleasant or easy.


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    Interviews with M.I.A.:

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    MusicFan555on April 20, 2014   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionI agree with sedasi. When you see the music video it's like a subtle reference to Saudi women driving and how it's "bad" if you go against the law and drive.
    qzoofan11on March 09, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentOOPS SORRY DIDNT MEAN TO PUT LAST COMMENT IT WONT SHOW ALL OF IT. ANYWAY LOVE THIS SONG
    kalim123on August 02, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General Commentwow. I don't know where to start. I'm into music like Marilyn Manson
    kalim123on August 02, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General Commentwow. I don't know where to start. I'm into music like Marilyn Manson
    kalim123on August 02, 2012   Link

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