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, 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, 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, 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 Mar 4th, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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
anonymous Jan 30th, 1:11pm report
I think its about a girl falling for a guy, in Havana, but having to leave him. But, half of her heart will always be in Havana, where she meet him.
anonymous Jan 29th, 1:46pm report
Sounds like the guy is just using her, possibly pimping her, she sounds like she is so high incoherent and mumbles the same short brain phrases. Sad.
anonymous Jan 19th, 1:28pm report
I think she falls quick and he plays her gets her to Atlanta and she is now one of his girls he is a PIMP
anonymous Jan 7th, 1:47am report
She feels in love with a man in havana, and that's why half of her heart is there.
anonymous Jan 3rd, 1:04pm report
I thinks its about her meeting a guy in America and he took her to Havana which is an actual place btw, and she left him in Havana, and went back to America and half of her heart still belongs to him.
anonymous Nov 19th, 11:46pm report
She was born in Havana, Cuba. she came to Florida as a kid.
anonymous Nov 2nd, 11:41pm report
Dude sold her some great drugs and she just wanted some more.
anonymous Oct 23rd, 10:05pm report
She found a lover in Havana and misses him after she left. Could probably also replace 'lover' with 'home'.
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