M.I.A. releases “27” dedicated to “all my friends that died at 27” | New Music

This is an unfinished demo that was originally recorded for M.I.A.’s Vickileekx mixtape, meaning it roughly originates from mid-to-late 2010. The Sri Lankan recording artist leaked it on her Twitter earlier today, and dedicated it “to all my friends that died at 27”. Prescient if nothing else.  Check out the track and the lyrics below. RIP Amy.

LISTEN: M.I.A. – “27”


said your all mouth and no brains
all rock stars go to heaven
you said you’ll be dead at 27 seven
when we drunk in a English tavern
the owner poured you the Bourbon
and you drunk your self so rotten
so he got so rich he bought a Bentley
and moved himself to Devon

you started dirty dancing
and you bar tended a dozen
i took you to the clinic
to get you clean but you couldn’t
said in 2 days ur 27 and and ur destiny was comin
so ur papa passed so sudden
and left you with lil somin

you blew that money on a mountain of drugs
and staged your self a bed in
a month later when i popped in
your still high but the winter set in
i bought you a coffee and a muffin
and you quoted me some Lenin
i wished i was that clever
but thats what kept me coming
your friendship did mean somin
but you left me for nothin
when i left, you befriended a rope
and i saw you both were hanging.

Privacy Preference Center