"Y.A.L.A." as written by Mathangi Arulpragasam, Jasper Helderman, Ruben N Fernhout...
YALA
YALA

Go low, go slow
Run like a polo
A banana pole like you're
Climbing up a yoyo

Go low, go slow
Run like a polo
A banana pole like you're
Climbing up a yoyo

Yea yea, YALA
Yea yea, YALA

Bombs go off when I enter the building

YALA
YALA
YALA
YALA

I drink some Contreau keep it in my poncho
Light up like Castro
Blow up and get go

Pro when I set, go
Grow like an afro
Play like Ronaldo
Hard like I’m death row

Weight in kilo
Light as a pillow
Dance on my tip-toe
Like I tae-box though

Yeah we come, come, come
Yeah we come with some some
Get a glass of rum
With a gun and some pun pun
Oh fun, fun, fun
Let's get 'em undone
Take a hit on the bong
It’s been so long since we hung

Go low, go slow
Run like a polo
A banana pole like you're
Climbing up a yoyo

Go low, go slow
Run like a polo
A banana pole like you're
Climbing up a yoyo

YALA
YALA

Anti war war
M.I.A. underscore
I get the law law
Searching for me on tour

Bankin' offshore
Take a trip to Singapore
I need to earn like
I'm Julianne Moore

For the hour poor
Don’t wanna ignore
That’s why I say shit
So they can explore

My baby, I amore
My mommy I adore
I tried to stay pure
Can’t take it anymore

Come, come, come
When we coming some some
Yea a glass around
Yea I got me some pom pom
Fun fun fun
Yea it’s getting undone
We’ve been here, we move on
It’s been so long since we hung

Go low, go slow
Run like a polo
A banana pole like you're
Climbing up a yoyo

Go low, go slow
Run like a polo
A banana pole like you're
Climbing up a yoyo

Yea yea yea, go
Yea yea yea, go
Bombs go off when I enter the building

YALA
YALA
YALA

I’m rolling solo
You can't take a photo
I’mma keep it raw raw

I’m rolling solo
You can't take a photo
I’mma keep it raw raw

YALA
YALA

Yeah we come, come, come
Yeah we come with some some
Get a glass of rum
With a gun and some pun pun
Oh fun, fun, fun
Let's get 'em undone
Take a hit on the bong
It’s been so long since we hung

YOLO?
I don’t even know anymore
What that even mean though
If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit?
Back home where I come from, we keep being born
Again and again and then again and again
That’s why they invented karma


Lyrics submitted by m_bianchini, edited by tennistennis

"Y.A.L.A." as written by Jerry Leembruggen, Ruben Fernhout, Mathangi Arulpragasam, Jasper Helderman

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Peermusic Publishing, IMAGEM U.S. LLC

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    General CommentY.A.L.A M.I.A is a little overkill by acronym. However such a death is OK, as clearly YALA = You Always Live Again as espoused in her Sri Lankan roots . The last verse in particular being a great critique of those who quote the opposite YOLO (You Only Live Once) yet live with an apathy that suggests there were many others to come.
    But of course, then there's Nancy Sinatra who had her own theory and philosophy - YOLT or You Only Live Twice.
    Collinaon November 30, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionI think its "Light up like Castro" ..not "Run out like Castro"
    zebraflamingoon February 18, 2014   Link

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