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This was written about a guy contemplating using black magic, voodoo, or "santeria" - anything he can to get back his girl. (thanks, Drew - Sydney, Australia)
Santeria means "Way of The Saints" in Spanish, and is a religion where the focus is on worship of saints. It is practiced in Cuba, Brazil, Panama, and a few other countries. There are some followers of Santeria in California, where the band is from.
The music video was made about a month after Brad Nowell died. The video contains ghostly images of Brad playing his guitar along with the band, which was created by using old concert footage of him. (thanks, Glenn - Manchester, NE)
Parts of this song, such as the bass and part of the guitar solo, as well as part of the intro, can be heard in an earlier sublime song called "Lincoln Highway Dub." (thanks, Phil - Rockville, MD)
Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.
Kristian Bush of Sugarland
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.
The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.