The True Meaning Of “Macarena” Will Horrify Every ’90s Kid

A not-so-innocent tale of infidelity, polyamory, and betrayal.

In the summer of 1996, no one could avoid “Macarena” by the pop and dance duo Los del Rio.

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The song was catchy. The dance was downright infectious. But did you ever actually listen to the lyrics?

The song was catchy. The dance was downright infectious. But did you ever actually listen to the lyrics?

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It begins in the first verse, right after the lyrics “When I dance they call me Macarena, and the boys they say ‘que estoy buena’…”

Macarena is a siren, enticing young men to come and dance with her. If they can manage to curry her favor, she may even take them home with her. So far, nothing too unusual, right? Just a woman out on the town.

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But then things get a little more explicit in the second verse:

But then things get a little more explicit in the second verse:

…then the singer laughs a sinister, horrifying laugh. What comes next is anyone’s guess? (SEX???!!! INFIDELITY???!!!) In any event, we now know that Macarena has a boyfriend and makes no secret of playing around on the side.

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