They played this at every Year Three disco…
Whether you love it or curse the day it was recorded, Los del Río’s Macarena has well and truly carved out a place in pop culture history. It’s been 21 years since the indecently catchy song was first released, but we bet you:
(a) still know all the moves, thanks to all those school discos and episodes of Rage; and
(b) still have no idea what the lyrics actually are.
For non-Spanish speakers, Macarena goes something like: “Akjsfbskfdbsifuhsdfbsdbfksjbkweb EEEEEEY MACARENA“. And while the version most of us are familiar with includes verses in English, we were probably too busy shaking it in our platform mules to listen closely.
Well, here’s something that might surprise you: the sentiment behind Macarena is a little less ‘woo, dance floor!’ and a lot more soap opera. It’s about a woman called Macarena and, well, let’s just say she’s experiencing some relationship dramas. The translated lyrics speak for themselves:
“Macarena has a boyfriend who is named
Who is named with the last name Vitorino
And while he was being sworn in as a conscript
She’s giving it to two friends.”
Yep, she hooked up with not one but two of Vitorino’s mates while he went off to war. DRAMAAAA.
You can revisit the gloriousness that is the video below. Post continues after video.