Song of the Day #4,028: ‘Malamente’ – Rosalía

Sometimes there’s a feeling in the air right before an artist gets really big. You can sense it’s coming.

I feel that way right now about Rosalía, a Spanish flamenco/electro-pop singer-songwriter who is poised for major mainstream success. She already has a video with half a billion views on YouTube, so it’s a bit odd to talk about her being under the radar, but in terms of U.S. stardom, I think it’s right around the corner.

The 25-year-old’s first album, Los ángeles, was released in 2017 and featured reimagined version of flamenco classics. But it was her second release, 2018’s El mal querer, that really made a splash, landing on critics’ year-end lists and launching the hit ‘Malamente.’

That track, today’s SOTD, achieved some crossover success and was championed by English-language artists. It was also my first exposure to Rosalía, several months ago, when I included it on a playlist for my daughter.

[Verso 1]
Ese cristalito roto, yo sentí cómo crujía (Hm)
Antes de caerse al suelo, ya sabía que se rompía (Uh)
Está parpadeando la luz del descansillo
(Hm) Una voz en la escalera, alguien cruzando el pasillo

[Coro]
(Hmm)
Malamente (Eso e’, así sí)
Malamente (¡Tra-tra!)
Mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal… (Mira)
Malamente (Ahh-ah-ah-ah, hm)
(Toma que toma)
Es pa’ la mente (Eso e’, ¡illo!)
(Ay) Malamente
Mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal… (No)
Malamente (Uh)

[Verso 2]
Se ha puesto la noche rara, han salí’o luna y estrellas (Eh)
Me lo dijo esa gitana (¿Qué?), mejor no salir a verla (No)
Sueño que estoy andando por un puente y que la acera (Mira, mira, mira, mira)
Cuanto más quiero cruzarlo (Va), más se mueve y tambalea

[Coro]
(Hmm)
Malamente (Eso e’, así sí)
Malamente (¡Tra-tra!)
Mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal… (Mira)
Malamente (Ahh-ah-ah-ah, hm)
(Toma que toma, vámono’)
Es pa’ la mente (Eso e’, ¡illo!)
(Ay) Malamente
Mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal… (No)
Malamente

[Puente]
Aunque no esté bonita, la noche undivé (Hm-hm)
Voy a salir pa’ la calle, en la manita los aros brillando en mi piel
Los corales (Hmph), me protejan, me salven (Hmph)
Me iluminen, me guarden (Hmph) y por delante (Hm)
No voy a perder ni un minuto en volver a pensarte (Hmm)

[Coro]
Malamente (Eso e’, así sí)
Malamente (¡Tra-tra!)
Mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal… (Mira)
Malamente (Ahh-ah-ah-ah, hm)
(Toma que toma)
Es pa’ la mente (Eso e’, ¡illo!)
(Ay) Malamente
Mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal… (Illo)
Malamente (Ahh-ah-ah-ah, hm)
(Toma que toma)
Es pa’ la mente (Illo)
Ah, malamente (¡Tra-tra!)
Mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal… (Vámono’)
Malamente (Ahh-ah-ah-ah, hm)
(Toma que toma, vámono’)
Es pa’ la mente (Eso e’, ¡illo!)
(Ay) Malamente
Mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal, mu’ mal…
Malamente

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,028: ‘Malamente’ – Rosalía

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    We were just discussing last night over dinner how the music industry has so changed that it simultaneously allows many more artists to reach at least a limited audience and earn a living while also making it far more difficult for an artist to achieve huge success. So, it will be interesting to see over the long haul whether Rosalia falls into the first or second category.

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