Song of the Day #2,996: ‘Freedun’ – M.I.A.

miaRapper M.I.A. is the hottest 41-year-old London-born Sri Lankan political activist to spend time on the US Homeland Security Risk List while recording a critically-acclaimed and commercially successful album. At least the hottest one I’m aware of.

Word is her latest album, AIM, is more upbeat and personal than her usual politically-charged fare. ‘Freedun,’ featuring Zayn Malik, seems to back that up.

I once compared M.I.A.’s music to a sore tooth you can’t help probing with your tongue, and I meant that in a good way. It’s jarring and dissonant but nevertheless draws me in.

This song is a little less interesting than some of her previous work but I’m still curious to hear the new album.

[Intro: M.I.A.]
Bass bass, bass bass
I’m a swagger man
Rolling in my swagger van
From the People’s Republic Of Swaggerstan
Freek da da da dum
Free dum
Freek da da da dum
Free dum
I’m M.I.A., ay

[Verse 1: M.I.A]
I don’t need any audition
I just got my own little mission
It grew bigger than a politician
Yeah, history is just a competition
Do you wanna sign my petition?
It’s for the people with dedication
Some people fuck it up, take vacations
Refugees learn about patience
Sometimes, I have many visions
I don’t even need a religion
I’m a new frontier on horizons
Yeah, I sail this ship to the thousands
Even aliens see the presentation
Yeah, tune up the dial on the station
And think of me sort of like Tarzan
And I’m swinging this beat, salvation

[Chorus: Zayn]
All the stars are still shining
But you’re the only one I see
I can feel when your heart beats, yeah
Babe, you can’t keep your eyes off me

[Hook: M.I.A.]
Freek da da da dum
Free dum
Freek da da da dum
Free dum

[Verse 2: M.I.A.]
Download it on the DVD, download it on the phone
If you don’t catch it, then baby I’m gone
Send me your money, and I’ll send you my song
What you get is perfect, it took me life-long
Lara Croft is soft when it comes my stuff
She’s made up, I’m real, that’s enough
Dinosaurs died out and I’m still strong
A little bit of fun, yeah, I don’t see it wrong
For something so good, yeah, I’ve waited too long
I rate that button just to play you this song
Whose world is this? The world is mine, so bring it on

[Chorus: Zayn]
All the stars are still shining
But you’re the only one I see
I can feel when your heart beats, yeah
Babe, you can’t keep your eyes off me

[Hook: M.I.A.]
Freek da da da dum
Free dum
Freek da da da dum
Free dum
Freek da da da dum
Free dum

[Break: Zayn]
Harmonizing

[Bridge: M.I.A.]
I’ve gotta sing my song tonight
And you gotta sing my song tonight
Tonight you’re gonna sing my song
You gonna sing my song tonight

[Outro: M.I.A.]
Ee-ah-ah-ah, ee-ah-ah
Ee-ah-ah-ah-ah, ee-ah-ah (It’s M.I.A.)
Ee-ah-ah-ah, ee-ah-ah
Ee-ah-ah-ah-ah, ee-ah-ah
Aah, oh, I’m M.I.A., eh
Are you gonna sing my song?
Oh, oh…

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,996: ‘Freedun’ – M.I.A.

  1. Dana says:

    Zayn Malik? That’s an interesting pairing. The song, however, didn’t grab me.

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