Song of the Day #5,066: ‘Bam Bam’ – Camila Cabello feat. Ed Sheeran

Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello recently released her third solo album in five years. The record, titled Familia, follows up 2018’s Camila and 2019’s Romance, two Platinum-selling albums buoyed by #1 hits ‘Havana’ and ‘Señorita,’ respectively.

Inspired by the time the Cuban-American Cabello spent with her family during COVID quarantine, Familia is a full-fledged Latin pop album, embracing tropical rhythms and featuring plenty of Spanish lyrics.

I’ve been a fan of Cabello’s sound right from the start, even if her vocals are sometimes a bit too strained. I haven’t given Familia a full listen yet, but I’m really liking what I’ve heard so far. The embrace of her Latin roots is welcome.

On ‘Bam Bam,’ the album’s second single, she teams up with Ed Sheeran to deliver a break-up song that manages to be both sorrowful and uplifting.

[Verse 1]
You said you hated the ocean, but you’re surfin’ now
I said I’d love you for life, but I just sold our house
We were kids at the start, I guess we’re grown-ups now, mmm
Couldn’t ever imagine even havin’ doubts
But not everything works out, no

[Pre-Chorus]
Now I’m out dancin’ with strangers
You could be casually datin’
Damn, it’s all changin’ so fast

[Chorus]
Así e’ la vida, sí
Yeah, that’s just life, baby
Yeah, love came around and it knocked me down
But I’m back on my feet
Así e’ la vida, sí
Yeah, that’s just life, baby
I was barely standin’, but now I’m dancin’
He’s all over me (Goza)

[Post-Chorus]
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam (Así e’ la vida)
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam

[Verse 2: Ed Sheeran]
It’s been a hell of a year, thank God we made it out
Yeah, we were ridin’ a wave and trying not to drown
And on the surface, I held it together
But underneath, I sorta came unwound
Where would I be? You’re all that I need
My world, baby, you hold me down
You always hold me down

[Pre-Chorus]
Well, I’ve been the breaker and broken
Every mistake turned to moments
Wouldn’t take anything back

[Chorus]
Así e’ la vida, sí (Así e’)
Yeah, that’s just life, baby
Yeah, love came around and it knocked me down
But I’m back on my feet
Así e’ la vida, sí
Yeah, that’s just life, baby
I was barely standin’, but now I’m dancin’
She’s all over me (He’s all over me)

[Post-Chorus]
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam (Ahí, ahí)
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam, bam-bam
Ba-da, bam-bam-bam-bam
(¡Pónganle azúcar, mi gente!)

[Bridge]
Y sigue bailando, hey
Y sigue bailando, a-ha
(Keep dancin’, yeah)
Y sigue bailando
(Keep dancin’, yeah)
Y sigue bailando (Hey), a-ha (Hay amor en todos lados)
Y sigue bailando (Keep dancin’, yeah) (Sigue, sigue, sigue bailando)
Y sigue bailando (Hey) (Hay amor en todos lados)
Y sigue bailando, woah (Sigue, sigue, sigue bailando)

[Chorus]
Así e’ la vida, sí
Yeah, that’s just life, baby
Yeah, love came around and it knocked me down
But I’m back on my feet
Así e’ la vida, sí
Yeah, that’s just life, baby
I was barely standin’, but now I’m dancin’
She’s all over me (Hey, hey)

[Outro]
Now I, now I’m dancin’ (Keep dancin’, yeah)
Now I, now I’m dancin’ (Keep dancin’, yeah)
Now I, now I’m dancin’ (Keep dancin’, yeah)
(Ba-da, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam)
And now I’m dancin’ (Keep dancin’, yeah)
Now I’m dancin’ (Keep dancin’, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #5,066: ‘Bam Bam’ – Camila Cabello feat. Ed Sheeran

  1. Peg says:

    I agree about the lyrics sorrowful and uplifting ❤️

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    I like what I have heard from her, though nothing matches Havana imo.

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