"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
If 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
My soul will have to wait 'til 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

Well, I swear that I, I really want to know
I really, what I really want to stay, I can't define
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


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"Santeria" as written by Eric John Wilson Bradley James Nowell

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    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

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