"Santeria" as written by Bradley James Nowell, Eric John Wilson and Floyd I. Gaugh Iv....
I don't practice Santeria I ain't got no crystal ball
I had a million dollars but I'd, I'd spend it all
I could find that Heina and that Sancho that she's found
I'd pop a cap in Sancho and I'd slap her down

All I really want to know
I already know
All I really want to say
I can't define
It's love that I need
But my soul will have to wait till I get back and find
Heina of my own
Daddy's gonna love one and all
I feel the break, feel the break, feel the break and I got to live it out, oh yeah

I swear that I all really want to know
All I really want to say is I got mine and I make it
That love make it go, my soul will have to

What I really want to say, ah baby
What I really want to say, is I've got mine
And I'll make it, yes I'm going up
Tell Sanchito that if he knows what is good for him
He best go run and hide
Daddy's got a new .45
And I won't think twice to stick that barrel straight down Sancho's throat
Believe me when I say that I got somethin' for his punk ass

What I really want know, ah baby
What I really want to say is there's just one way back
And I'll make it, yeah, my soul will have to wait


Lyrics submitted by The Big Andowski, edited by skylar1000

"Santeria" as written by Bradley James Nowell, Eric John Wilson, Floyd I. Gaugh Iv

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind


Santeria song meanings
Add your thoughts

186 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +4
    General CommentTo all of those who say this song is about Brad's son I wholeheartedly agree. The whole song builds on itself digging deeper and deeper into Brad's problem

    I don't practice Santeria
    I ain't got no crystal ball

    He is saying he never could have predicted what happened to him and also the uncertainty that is his future.

    Well I had a million dollars but I, I'd spend it all

    On drugs presumably.

    If I could find that heina and that Sancho that she'd found
    Well I'd pop a cap in sancho and I'd slap her down

    The heina or girlfriend is him (or his mind) and Sancho is the drugs. He's trying but, deep down inside there is this part of his pysche that wants to cheat and do drugs.

    What I really wanna know (my baby)
    What I really wanna say, I can't define
    Well it's love that I neeeeeed
    My soul will have to

    "My baby" directly refers to his son Jake. This is it, this is the wake up call he despartely needs to get his life on track.

    Wait till I get back
    Find a heina of my own
    Daddy's gonna love one and all

    His new heina will be Jake. His son will be his motivation not to cheat and do drugs.

    I feel the break, feel the break, feel the break
    And I gotta live it out
    Oh yeah un-huh
    Well I swear that I

    The break is the personal divide the drugs are creating between him and those important to him. He is saying he can and will overcome the addiction for the good of himself and everyone around him.

    What I really wanna know (my baby)
    What I really wanna say, I can't define
    Got love! Make it go
    My soul will have to...

    Chorus but here he cites love (of Jake) as his driving force to overcoming addiction.

    What I really wanna say (my baby)
    What I really wanna say, is I've got mine
    And I'll make it
    Yes, I'm going up

    Adds that he can and will do this.

    Tell Sanchito that if he knows what is good for him
    He best go run and hide
    Daddy's got a new .45
    And I won't think twice
    To stick that barrel straight down sancho's throat
    Believe me when I say that I got something for his punk-ass

    This verse just shows the angst he has towards addiction when he is sober.

    What I really wanna know (my baby)
    What I really wanna say, is there's just one way back
    And I'll make it
    My soul will have to wait

    This is where I mean he builds upon each chorus through the song. He ends up saying that the only way to be complete is to kick the drugs and love his son.

    Honestly, this is one of the most metaphorical songs I have ever heard. At the same time it also one of the most emotional songs I have ever heard. You can literally hear the emoition in Brad's voice as he sings the song. He not only WANTS this , he NEEDS this. This isn't some bullshit song about a girlfriend cheating on her boyfriend; it's much deeper than that. This is about a father cheating on his kid with drugs. Trouble is when he is sober he knows its cheating in the worst way and I believe that is how this song was written. The is a lot of pain and sadness in this song but, at the same time there is also a tremendous amount of hope. Hope that he can overcome his own demons and just love his son. Sad that is was not to be.
    osuturfmanon March 27, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSanteria is a carribean religion that combines elements of Catholicism and Voo Doo.
    OceanOfChaoson May 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song kicks ass and sublime is one of the best bands ever... its a real shame that brad had to die, he had a great voice and great ideas
    bymyself123on May 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhy dont you show a little fuckin respect, jagoff. it's one thing to have an opinion but thats an actual person you're talking about. fuckin shmuck
    eigthon May 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI bet Brad Nohl wishes you were dead, too, if it makes you feel any better. Asshole.
    stardropleton May 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about how you can never predict when a girl's gonna break your heart. He's saying that he doesn't practice Santeria, refering to the fact that he can't predict or see the truth about women. He says how hard it is for him to say that he loves someone, that sometimes he can't find the words to say it. He also gets mad at the guy that whoever the girl that he was talking about in this song ran off with. He says he wasn't to shoot the guy because of all the pain that he caused, and that he wants to show the girl the same pain that she caused him. In the end he says that his soul will have to wait to go to heaven until he finds love. In a way, he did predict the future, when he foung love an beautiful baby, he went to heaven. RIP to one of the greatest musicians of all times.
    MetalKronicon July 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentosuturfman got it right on the button... brad himself said this song was a metaphor, written in dedication to his son.

    i love how a lot of the hate on this page is all "what a stupid song, about shooting somebody that sleeps with his girlfriend, how immature!"

    haha, it just shows you how brilliant he really was, his metaphor is so well disguised that most people are completely oblivious to it. it can stand, quite well, as a song about a cheating girlfriend and him trying to get over her. but brad REALLY did write this as a promise to his son to stop doing heroin... read osuturfman's comment on page six for a full run down.

    some of the most brilliant lyrics i have ever seen. seriously, these lyrics are john lennon-good, bob dylan-good even. absolutely genius metaphor... really, i can't fucking stress how amazing the lyrics to this song are. when i really thought about the sentiment of this song, it kinda brought a tear to my eye, and i'm a fucking dude!

    it's too bad he couldn't live up to his promise.

    that's why i will never touch heroin, or meth for that matter.
    jbjacobson October 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSUBLIME IS FUCKIN SILLY AS FUCK.
    lefabianon April 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStill listening to this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! R.I.P BRAD NOWELL!!!!!!!!
    HEDGExCOREon April 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAlthough I think osuturfman's analysis is pretty much perfect, I'd like to add something the first verse.

    I don't practice Santeria, I ain't got no crystal ball.

    So Santeria is this relegion where amongst other things these people do meetings etc where they dance to certain types of music and get into a trance where they believe an Orisha temporarily takes over their body. The crystal ball, I think, refers to the little thing you smoke meth through.

    So that with the million dollar-line that follows should hint that this song is about drugs, he doesn't dance to get into a trance, he doesn't do meth, but if he had a million dollars, he'd spend it all, but doesn't say on what although it should be prett clear that drugs are what is being pointed at.
    NielsCdBon July 11, 2014   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