Santeria by Sublime
Most of you who know or follow me know I’m a rocker, so it will come as no surprise to you that I want to show you a song by the former group, Sublime called Santeria- it’s my favorite of their many songs. (The group broke up in the late 90’s became the lead singer died from a heroin overdose).
Sublime actually means that something is of such excellence, grandeur or beauty, that it inspires awe or greatness.
In my opinion, Sublime was describing a “feeling” of excellence when they were all in a particular state (meaning stoned out of their minds) but I still like their music. This song, like most of their music, has a Reggae beat and feel to it, and tells the story of Sancho, a guy thinking of using any means he can to get his girl back, including black magic, voodoo, or “Santeria”.
Santeria followers believe that one God created the universe and that the world is cared for by lesser divine beings called “Orishas”. Orishas represent various forms of nature along with certain human characteristics- ex- Yemaya is the Orishas of the sea and motherhood. It’s an Afro-Cuban folk religion developed from the beliefs and customs of the Yoruba people and incorporated some elements of the Catholic religion.
Interestingly enough, the first line of the song goes- “I don’t practice Santeria, I ain’t got no crystal ball…”
The guy has lost his girl and Sancho just a generic term for the dude she’s with now. He says in the song if he had a million dollars he would spend it finding her and the Sancho and he’d pop a cap in his ass (basically) and then he’d slap her down. Then he would move on and find a new love. (This is my interpretation anyway, give it a listen and see what you think)
Its a very catchy and not heavy “rock” song, so don’t worry, I’m not blasting your ears or your sensibilities out the window with this one. 😘
Have a blessed and “sublime” Sunday everyone!