Song Lyric Sunday | “Macarena” – Los del Rio

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Burrito/Fajita/Mexican/Tequila.

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I chose a song this week in keeping with the spirit of the prompts and Cinco de Mayo!

Ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s All Time Latin Songs, No. 7 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100, and VH1’s “#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time,” Los del Rio’s Macarena is the song and dance craze that took the world by storm in the 1990s.

As a result of their lounge act, Los del Río were invited to tour South America in 1992 and, while visiting Venezuela, they were invited to a private party held by the Venezuelan empresario Gustavo Cisneros. During the celebration, a local flamenco teacher performed a dance for the guests, and Los del Río were pleasantly surprised by Cubillán’s dance skills. Spontaneously, Antonio Romero Monge, one half of the Los del Río duo, recited the song’s chorus-to-be on the spot. When the authors wrote the song, they changed the name to Macarena, in honor to Antonio’s daughter Esperanza Macarena.

The Bayside Boys released an English-language version in 1995 that became a worldwide sensation, reaching the top of the charts in more than a dozen countries and landing in the top ten in several others.

However, it was the Latin version that could be heard from elementary school dances to night clubs to wedding receptions. Most English-speakers had no idea about how risque the lyrics are.

In the song, the Macarena is a word used to describe a woman who is attempting to get men to come and dance with her.

If she likes their moves, the Macarena claims she’s happy to take them home after the night out.

The first verse begins: “When I dance they call me Macarena, and the boys they say ‘que estoy buena’

“They all want me, they can’t have me. Move with me, jam with me.

“And if you’re good I’ll take you home with me.”

While the first verse is a little cheeky, the song gets even raunchier as it goes on.

The main singer admits that even though she is enjoying the male attention on the dancefloor, she already has a boyfriend who is called Vittorino.

The lyrics assure: “Now, don’t you worry ‘bout my boyfriend, the boy whose name is Vittorino.

“Ha, I don’t want him, couldn’t stand him, he was no good so I.”

 

FUN FACTS:

  • The “Bayside Boys Mix” version’s meaning is later revealed to be about a woman who cheats on her boyfriend while he is being drafted into the army.
  • The Bayside Boys remix hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1996 and remained at the top of the chart for fourteen weeks.
  • The song stayed in the Hot 100 chart for 60 weeks, the longest reign among No. 1 songs, only surpassed fifteen years later by Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

While the Bayside Boys’ version is the more popular in the music world, I prefer Los Del Rios, and the video is a live performance from a Spanish-language show.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

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Macarena

[Chorus]
Give a little lovin’ to your body, Macarena
Cuz your body’s made for love and feeling good; it’s a no-brainer
Give a little lovin’ to your body, Macarena
Hey, Macarena!
(Repeat once)
Macarena has a boyfriend who they ca-ll,
Who they ca-ll by the name of Vitorino
And when he left to sign up for the army
She was giving it away to his two friends
(Repeat once)
[Chorus]
Macarena, Macarena, Macarena
Who likes to spend her summers in Marbella.
Macarena, Macarena, Macarena
Who likes to be the front lines of the party… Hey!
(Repeat once)
[Chorus]
Macarena dreams of going to the mall
And she buys all the latest fashion trends
If she could then she would live in New York
And hook up with a new boyfriend… Hey!
(Repeat once)
[Chorus]
Los del Rio’s Spanish Version
Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena
Que tu cuerpo es pa’ darle alegria y cosa buena
Dale a tu cuerpo alegria, Macarena
Hey Macarena
Macarena tiene un novio que se llama
Que se llama de apellido Vitorino,
Que en la jura de bandera el muchacho
Se metio con dos amigos
{X2}
{Au Refrain, x2}
Macarena sueña con El Corte Ingles
Que se compra los modelos mas modernos
Le gustaria vivir en Nueva York
Y ligar un novio nuevo
{X2}
{Au Refrain, x2}
Macarena tiene un novio que se llama
Que se llama de apellido Vitorino,
Que en la jura de bandera el muchacho
Se metio con dos amigos
{X2}
{Au Refrain, x2}
Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, Lyric Find, and YouTube.

23 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Macarena” – Los del Rio

  1. This was the dance we had to dance in elementary school, along with the square dance and the electric slide. I hated to dance this song.

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  2. Great choice Felicia and you are right about this song taking the world by storm, as it was everywhere. I was working at a plant on the second shift and many Latino people were there and I think that I heard this song every day as they all loved it. Great people and fun to work with. Thanks for bring me back a memory of them.

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