New M.I.A. Song: Is Y.A.L.A. The New Y.O.L.O.? (Please Say It’s Not!)

Listen to M.I.A.'s new song, "Y.A.L.A."

M.I.A. might have a new name for Y.O.L.O. (Y.I.K.E.S.)

Combining the militant, pulsing beat of “Bucky Done Gun” with the positive party anthem feel of “Boyz,” M.I.A.‘s new track, “Y.A.L.A.,” has us beyond excited for Matangi‘s Nov. 5 release.

What we’re not so thrilled over, however, is the possibility that the song’s central acronym (“You Always Live Again”) will take hold of the American psyche and not let go until every last bro has drunkenly screamed its name on St. Patrick’s Day. You were only supposed to live once, Y.O.L.O.! YOU GAVE US YOUR WORD!!!!

Listen to M.I.A.’s “Y.A.L.A.” after the jump.

Thankfully, despite “Y.A.L.A.”‘s similar do-or-die message, that doesn’t appear to be the case. M.I.A. breaks it down for us at the end of the track just in case: “Y.O.L.O.?… If you only live once why we keep doing the same s***? Back home where I come from we keep being born again and again and then again and again That’s why they invented karma.”

Whew, the “Come Walk With Me” vocalist fundamentally disagrees with Y.O.L.O. as much as we do. And, as an apparent believer in karma, she wouldn’t dare risk reviving such a monstrous atrocity from the meme graveyard, right? Then again, Katy Perry did just release her album Prism with a track titled “Double Rainbow,” like, TODAY… Um, hold us?

+ Listen to M.I.A.’s “Y.A.L.A.”

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