"Karmacoma" as written by Robert Del Naja, Grantley Marshall, Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles, Adrian Nicholas Matthew Thaws, Tim Norfolk and Robert Milton Locke....
You sure you want to be with me
I've nothing to give
Won't lie and say this love is best
Leave us in emotional peace
Take a walk, taste the rest
No, take a rest

I see you digging a hole
Your neighborhood
You're crazy but you're lazy
No need to live in a lean to [no need to live on the need to]
your troubles must be seen to with money
Like paper with faces I remember
The faces I remember
I drink on a daily basis
Though it seldom cools my temper
It never cools my temper

Walking through the suburbs they're not exactly lovers
You're a couple, especially when your body's doubled
Duplicate, then you wait for the next kuwait

Karmacoma, Jamaican aroma [Repeat: x4]

You sure you want to be with me I've nothing to give
Take a walk take a rest
Taste the rest

[Repeat: x2]
Take a walk take a rest
Taste the rest

Don't want to be on top of your list
Monopoly and properly kissed
We overcome in 60 seconds
With the strength we have to together
But for now, emotional ties they stay severed
When there's trust there'll be treats and
When we funk there'll be beats

Karmacoma, Jamaican aroma [Repeat: x4]


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"Karmacoma" as written by Robert Del Naja, Grantley Marshall, Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles, Adrian Nicholas Matthew Thaws, Tim Norfolk, Robert Milton Locke

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song KICKS ASS. one of my massive attack faves and an awesome trippy video for an awesome trippy song.
    I think it's about a guy and a girl and their messed up relationship, and they're goin' for a walk and smokin' the reefer. kinda reminds me of one of my relationships, actually. he's unsure of the whole thing because he doesn't think he's worth it ("you sure you wanna be with me, I've nothin to give, won't lie and say this lovin's best..."). she's trying to settle down somewhere, so she's "diggin' a hole" in her neighborhood, so she down some roots of her own...maybe she was moving around a lot or was homeless, thus explaining the "no need to live in a lean-to' line. and she needs to sort out her shit ("your troubles must be seen to"). the next line mentions money so maybe he/she/they have financial probs. then we find out the guy is pretty much an alcoholic, as he drinks "on a daily basis." and he has a temper. bad combo.
    the next few lines are pretty clear and pretty vague. "walkin through the suburbs, though not exactly lovers, you're a couple" they haven't had sex yet so they're not lovers, but they are a couple of sorts. I'm not sure about "specially when your bodies doubled" unless its something about seeing double when your drunk so maybe their mostly a couple (ie fool around) when they're drunk. "duplicate and then ya wait for the next kuwait" umm...having babies? I really don't know
    "jamaica aroma' would be the pot...i think the "taste the rest" parts are about the pot as well.
    Fuck this is a lot of writing...almost finished...so, "dont wanna be on top of your list, phenomenally and properly kissed" he's saying he doesn't want to be her #1 guy, even if he'll get these phenomenal and proper kisses. Even though they are good at getting over their problems together, he's still not ready ("we overcome in 60 seconds withthe strength we have together but for now the emotional ties they stay severed"). The next few lines speak for themselves; when they trust eachother, they'll get down 'n dirty.
    Now 3D starts talkin' bout 'deflowering', so methinks the guy either gives in to her or just gives in to his biological urges. then he's telling himself "I must be crazy"...I don't know what "swazy" means. Patrick, perhaps? yeah right. anyway, he says she's crazy too and lazy, which could mean she's too lazy to find a better man than him. I dunno about the 'monopoly' reference...pretty sure it's not the game...maybe he means like monopolizing her or her monopolizing him or whatever.
    I'M DONE NOW


    peace
    deadeyeduckon March 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is also very similar to the first track on Tricky's album Maxinquaye. In fact I think it's the exact same lyrics, and a very similar beat.
    Songmeaningsuseron April 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVerify Lyrics.
    Your troubles must be seen to through money like its paper...

    The refarin is,
    Jamaica and Roma not "Jamaica aroma"
    "monopoly and properly kiss'd"

    To take this song as a song about a girl and marijuana is to look at it improperly.
    As with all massive attack songs one must look a bit deeper. I think this is a social commentary comparing the world (societies, governents, etc) to lovers.

    You sure you want to be with me
    I've nothing to give
    Won’t lie and say this lovin's best
    Leave us in emotional peace
    Take a walk, taste the rest
    No, take a rest

    3D
    "I see you digging a hole in your neighborhood
    You’re crazy but you’re lazy (we're destroying ourselves, right in our own country though we not doing it ourselves. Rather via through outsourcing or immigrant labour.)
    No need to live in a lean-to
    Your troubles must be seen to see through
    Money like it's paper with faces i remember (We have so musch money, individually its worthless. our problems are based upon the very amount of wealth we posess.)
    I drink on a daily basis
    Though it seldom cools my temper
    It never cools my temper"
    This stanza talks of America or the West i think in reference to how we live and how we consume, most notably oil. (I drink on a daily basis but it never cools my temper. (it never satisfies me))
    Tricky
    Walking through the suburbs though not exactly lovers You’re a couple, 'specially when your body’s doubled Duplicate, then you wait for the next kuwait
    (We breed and wait for war. Kuwait is a reference to the Gulf War as it was the central conflict at the time this song was produced. We just reproduce and wait for a bloodless entertaining, media covered and sucessful war for resource)
    (both)
    Karmacoma, jamaica and roma (x4)

    3D
    You sure you want to be with me i’ve nothing to give
    Take a walk take a rest taste the rest
    Take a walk take a rest taste the rest
    Take a walk take a rest a taste of rest

    Tricky
    Don't want to be on top of your list
    Phenomenally and properly kissed
    We overcome in sixty seconds
    With the strength we have to together
    But for now, emotional ties they stay severed
    When there’s trust there’ll be treats
    And when we funk we'll hear beats

    (both)
    Karmacoma, jamaica and roma (x4)

    3D
    Deflowering my baby, are you my baby mate I must be crazy, see i'm swazy Digging a hole in your neighborhood You're crazy but you're lazy, must be lazy

    Tricky
    Don't wanna on top of your list Monopoly and properly kissed
    (We dont want the be all close up with you America because we fear satisfaction, and opulence in consumption.)

    3D
    Deflowering my baby, are you my baby mate My baby Deflowering my baby, are you my baby mate I must be crazy, you must be lazy
    (i think this whole deflowering my baby thing is about the influence America and the west has, or rather had over the world. The people of nations looked on as their presidents and leaders made policy, for better or worse, usually worse at the behest of the West.)
    (both)
    Karmacoma, what?, jamaica and roma (x4)

    Really its about the dawn of globalization seen back in 1997. The people in the video really epitomize the West i think, a thief, a psychotic killer with no clear motive, a sexually disfunctional man with mulitple mistresses, the narcissist covered in oil, and the woman, awed by weath.

    (ive yet to put together some lines though)
    agent_hunton March 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think the title should be looked at first. Karma--Buddhist belief in cause and effect. I think the Karmacoma is the unawareness that what you do becomes who you are. If you don't own up, you're never free. I also think that this song is meant as a Koan. Trying to put together what this song means may leave you with a blank mind.. ;) Stay with it and find out. But if I should try and explain the song... All of these different characters could be his past lifes and they all fit together regardless of how different they maybe. The boot shine machine only plays when he is talking. Yet, he's not the one with the dirty shoes or a "dirty sole". It's on the robber's shoes and the dirt and muck is also on the guy with the Kango. There are more connections, but meh, I'll let you figure'em out. When he makes the realization that he is what he is and no matter if he tries to be good to fix his past mistakes or continues to do bad things, he's always free regardless. The end with the boot shine machine stopping depicts his freedom from the continual need to have his "sole" cleaned. And, theoretically his Karmacoma is lifted.
    MisterMisheardon November 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so confusing... i am at best bemuddled, but its got an amazing beat and simple entrancing
    p0s2o9on June 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch an alluring song. it is just so cool & cruisy. it's hard to really know what this is about, if at all anything, but it just has such an enchanting element to it.
    fascistbabyon June 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a song about marijuana, even though Tricky seems to be rapping about a girl.

    Analogy? I think so :)
    jesusfcukon February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanyone see the videoto this song ? Can't really figure out what thats all about. Any ideas? I personally thought it might be the levels of hell?
    Muus_GuYon March 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually the Chorus goes: "Karmacoma, Jamiaca an' Roma" as in Rome, Italy. If you listen closely that is what they say. Also the church bells in the background kind of make it seem like its Rome.
    hunglikeyora87on May 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmuus guy the video to this song is about the movie "The Shining"
    take_a_rideon December 06, 2006   Link

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