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Riff: M.I.A. – “Y.A.L.A.”

Oct 23, 2013

Y.O.L.O.?/I don’t even know anymore?/What that even mean though?/If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit?

from Y.A.L.A. lyrics by M.I.A.

Toying with irony like a mindless teenager driving a car for the first time, M.I.A. tries to inject some sense into the Y.O.L.O. craze with her own pseudo-intellectual ramblings. Predictably she’s playing on the same style, and fails to recognize just how redundant she sounds stating the obvious.

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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