Song of the Day #3,448: ‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug

Singer Camila Cabello unexpectedly left girl group Fifth Harmony one year ago (the band’s official press release noted that they had been informed “via her representatives”) to embark on a solo career. Good move on her part, it seems, as her first single sits at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

‘Havana’ is a sultry fusion of Latin influences and American pop and hip-hop. Cabelo, who was born in Cuba and spent her childhood moving between her home country and Mexico before relocating to Miami, manages to pay effective tribute to her culture while delivering a massive radio hit.

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na-na (ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na, ah
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
There’s somethin’ ’bout his manners (uh huh)
Havana, ooh na-na (uh)

[Verse 1: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
He didn’t walk up with that “how you doin’?” (uh)
When he came in the room
He said there’s a lot of girls I can do with (uh)
But I can’t without you
I knew him forever in a minute (hey)
That summer night in June
And papa says he got malo in him (uh)
He got me feelin’ like…

[Pre-Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Oooh-oooh-ooh, I knew it when I met him
I loved him when I left him
Got me feelin’ like
Oooh-oooh-ooh, and then I had to tell him
I had to go, oh na-na-na-na-na (woo)

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh, na-na (ayy, ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh, na-na (ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (uh huh)
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Verse 2: Young Thug]
Jeffery
Just graduated, fresh on campus, mmm
Fresh out East Atlanta with no manners, damn (fresh out East Atlanta)
Bump-bump-bump-bump her like a traffic jam
Hey, I was quick to pay that girl like Uncle Sam (here you go, ayy)
Back it on me
Shawty cravin’ on me, get to eatin’ on me (on me)
She waited on me (then what?)
Shawty cakin’ on me, got the bacon on me (wait up)
This is history in the makin’, on me (on me)
Point blank, close range, that B
If it cost a million, that’s me (that’s me)
I was gettin’ mula, baby

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy, ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh, na-na (oh, ayy, ayy)
He took me back (uh huh) to East Atlanta, na-na-na (oh, no)
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh, na-na

[Bridge: Starrah & Camila Cabello]
Ooh na-na, oh, na-na-na (oo-ooh)
Take me back, back, back like…
Ooh na-na, oh, na-na-na (yeah, babe)
Take me back, back, back like…
Ooh na-na, oh, na-na-na (yeah, yeah)
Take me back, back, back like…
Ooh na-na, oh, na-na-na (yeah, babe)
Take me back, back, back
Hey, hey…
Oooh-oooh-ooh (hey)
Oooh-oooh-ooh (hey)
Take me back to my Havana…

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh, na-na (hey)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh, na-na (oh, yeah)
He took me back to East Atlanta, (ayy, ayy) na-na-na
Oh, but my heart is in Havana
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh, na-na

[Outro: Starrah, Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Uh huh
Oh, na-na-na (oh, na, yeah)
Oh, na-na-na
Oh, na-na-na (no, no, no, take me back)
Oh, na-na-na
Havana, ooh na-na

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,448: ‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I really like this style of Latin pop.

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