Santeria (3:03)

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From Sublime and 21 other releases

“Santeria” is a song by Sublime on their third album, Sublime. The band Sublime has , , and mexican influences. Many would say their largest influence is the Jamaican artist Bob Marley. The song includes the bassline and pre-rhythm guitar riff from Sublime’s earlier song “Lincoln Highway Dub” off the album Robbin’ The Hood.

This song tells the story of a jealous ex-boyfriend pursuing to reclaim his ex-girlfriend from a man. The lead singer of Sublime, Bradley Nowell refers to the man as “sancho” and his ex-girlfriend as “heina”. In Mexico, a man who steals another man’s girl is often refered to as “el Sancho” and a man’s woman or girlfriend is refered to as “heina”.

A music video was filmed in 1997 after the death of lead singer Bradley Nowell, who makes a cameo via stock footage. The video was a visualization of the story told in the song in the form of a Western, and featured Tom Lister, Jr. as Sancho.

Santeria is a playable track on the 2008 video game Guitar Hero: World Tour.

Santeria was covered by band Spunge on their second album, Room for Abuse and by bands The Cab and The Academy Is… on their 14 show Hot Topic acoustic tour (Hello My Name Is…) in January 2009.


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I don't practice Santeria I ain't got no crystal ball
I had a million dollars but I'd, I'd spend it all
I could find that Heina and that Sancho that she's found
I'd pop a cap in Sancho and I'd slap her down

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  • rumor

    15 May 9:23am Reply
  • Andros777

    I had a million dollars but I spent it aaaall!

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • nopity4acowerd

    damn this song never gets old{13}

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • UnhingedSnow

    loved that this was in guitar hero =]

    6 Jan 2014 Reply
  • DBAJerry

    Daddy's got a new .45

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Oppressotron

    3rd song of the day via random... two of the three, including this have dealt with gun play... So, what are you saying last fm???? Yes, get a .45. You'll love it.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • nslaven

    i want to buy a .45

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • thisguy0062

    When I bought my .45 I listened to this song soooooo many times.

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Panecea

    Daddy's got a new .45 ♥

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86


    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sergiomanuelmtz

    Up to this moment.. i still have to sing and mean this mean ass song to all hoodrats out there who still think and stink me with their preconceived ideas of what a bad ass mexican like me ought to behave here inthe west.!

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • sassy7773

    i don't think they have a bad song!

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • cisqui

    3 minutes and 4 seconds of sun and warm weather

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • elciscokid

    The next person who says Brandon Nowell is gettin' pistol whipped! IT'S BRADLEY NOWELL!!!!

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • NevertheMachine

    no matter how many times i hear it on the radio, no matter how many times i play the cd, no matter how many times it comes up on here, i sing along every time ;)

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Lieberdog

    damn this song never gets old [12]

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Mind_Expansi0n

    "My soul will have to wait 'till I get back ... find a Hannah of my own ..." Sounds like summer.

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • imhotandiknowit

    good lord i've listened to this song more days than i've been alive, but i still love it.

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Taiteki

    "Tell Sanchito that if he knows what is good for him, he best go run and hide. Daddy's got a new .45!"

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Michele187

    WOOOO!>>>LOVE SUBLIME. Great summertime laid back cool song

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
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