Past TENT present TENT and future TENT
Both on songs — see the Untitled bonus track off Arular — http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=N1-2Y6A-8rQ#t=123s — “educated but a refugee still”
and interviews — see M.I.A. on Q TV — http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=uaK0YBA8Lss#t=2184s — she still feels a refugee. So on this line she’s making a pun with Past/Present/Future Tense and Past/Present/Future Tent; that means “Refugee State Of Mind”.
For extention, the above mentioned line can be referred to all those who do not adapt to that society they live in or do not mirror themselves to it, as Jiddu Krishnamurti said and M.I.A. has quoted early this year:
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”
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