Camila Cabello: Havana Meaning
Song Released: 2017
Havana, ooh na-na (ay)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ay, ay)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
All of my heart is in Havana (ay)
There's somethin' 'bout his manners (uh huh)
Havana, ooh na-na (uh)
He didn't walk up...
anonymous Feb 4th, 2018 2:30pm report
This song has two layers. Superficially, it's about falling in love with a guy from East Atlanta.
More deeply, (made clear by the chorus) the man is also a metaphor for Cuba. Telling him that she 'had to go' refers to Cabello having to leave Cuba (when she was 5). She knew it when she 'met him' (i.e. she loved Cuba from the day she was born) and she still 'loved him when she left him'.
Papa saying he's got 'malo in him' is a reference to her father being against the communist Cuban government.
She's an exile who had to leave and can never return - thus half of her heart remains in her home country.
anonymous Dec 14th, 2017 12:47pm report
I think it's about a woman meeting a man that excited her, most likely a smooth-talking badboy. A summer love.
Her father says "he has the malo in him". Malo, in Spanish, means 'bad'.
He didn't walk up with that "how you doing" when he approached her, says there's a lot of women in his life. He made her feel, "oooh-ooooh-ohhhh". He's literally getting her excited and aroused. There is something about his "manners" - he's mysterious, and engaging, a sexy man who is stimulating her mind and senses, and promises passion and adventure. Literally sweeps her away, by taking her to Atlanta.
However, she leaves him ("has to go"). She says she 'loved him when she left him'. Perhaps he was leading her astray, introducing her to enjoyable (but transgressive) experiences. I think her lover really did have the malo in him, and although he was sexy, passionate, and exciting - he was most likely dangerous, so her 'heart' belongs in Havana, with the man who really deserves it, her Papa.
The song encapsulates the dilemna of womens' love life. Dependable protectors - and dangerous lovers.
anonymous Nov 13th, 2017 11:44am report
It is about falling in love but having to leave and wishes she could go back to him but knowing that part of her heart will always be there with him
anonymous Nov 21st, 11:58 report
Havana is like a her lost love that even though she has to go her heart will still love and remember the place. I remember Camila saying how much his father needed to sacrifice just to give them a happy life and I think it reflects the song so much that even though her father loves the place where he was born he chose to leave it to give his family a more comfortable life but him and his family will still forever love Havana.
anonymous Jun 2nd, 6:06pm report
Sounds like a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice taking a chance with a smooth talker ... with a torn between what what she is able to leave and what she is able to risk.
anonymous Jan 12th, 2019 1:33pm report
i think it means, when she was young, she met a guy in havana, but her actual home is east atlanta. so when she saw him, she knew he could bring back the memories of east atlanta. then, her dad said she had to leave him, so half of her heart is in havana, but the guy took her back to east atlanta. it's just my interpreting. it could be wrong. i mean, if we want to know the real, actual meaning, we have to ask camila cabello.
anonymous Oct 27th, 2018 10:14am report
i think she fall in love with the guy and he also loves her. when they lives together she feel like havana(heaven). but her father is totally against of their love. he thinks the guy is not as well good as he want, he saw a lots of bad things in him. so he want to leave that place where they belongs to. but she don't want to go with his papa coz her love always push her back to him. there are many girls for him but he loves her only. (this song is exactly related to me. i love him i miss him but i have to leave him meanwhile i love him coz he loves me)
anonymous Mar 23rd, 2018 3:19pm report
It is a vile song, perhaps, about pimping. What do the words following mean,... "Bump on her bumper like a traffic jam, I was quick to pay that girl like Uncle Sam. Back it on me, shawty cravin on me, Get to diggin o me, She waited on me, Shawty cakin on me, got the bacon on me"? My daughter will not be listening to any of this artist's songs.
anonymous Mar 4th, 2018 3:58pm report
It's about her connection with her country and her ex lover. Both are not perfect but charming and attractive.
anonymous Mar 2nd, 2018 3:19am report
Ok, this is a weird beginning, but you know the movie “Guys and Dolls”? There’s this one part in the story where a church girl from Atlanta falls for a gambler who takes her to Havana. I think that there may be a connection or something, but I don’t know.
anonymous Feb 24th, 2018 2:48am report
i think it's about a girl whom in love with a bad boy. so when his papa found out about it, her papa told her to leave him but she refuses to. then her papa forced her to follow him leave the city (and her boyfriend). and yeah, they went to east atlanta.
anonymous Feb 16th, 2018 2:30am report
She is in the place were she was born and raised (Havana) and she meats a man that's she loves. He promises her passion and adventure. He takes her to Atlanta to try to make her fall Even more in love. She goes with him stays for a while then says she has to go because her heart is in Havana (that is where she desires to be). She wants to leave him in Atlanta gad go back to Havana. (It is funny if you sing this song with a minion's voice.
anonymous Jan 31st, 2018 1:44pm report
I think it's a girl who falls deeply in love with a guy from East Atlanta. I think she was devestated that she was going to leave him and once she did she finally understood her love for him
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