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Havana
Song

Havana

Camila Cabello
Album:
Camila

Song Meaning and Background of Havana by Camila Cabello


Cabello’s raw, emotional voice and soulful melody in this track have been a hit with fans all over the world. The lyrics speak of being unable to control one’s emotions and letting them consume them. The song carries a strong message of being vulnerable when in love and also shows that true love can be found with anyone, even an unexpected person.


Havana is the first single released from Camila Cabello’s debut solo album, Camila. The former Fifth Harmony member’s powerful vocals and Latin-inspired music have earned her worldwide fame. The singer’s Cuban roots are heavily represented in her musicality, bringing forth a unique sound that resonates with listeners of all backgrounds.


In this song, Cabello speaks of a girl who is torn between two worlds. She says “half of my heart is in Havana / And the other half is here in East Atlanta,” meaning that even though she lives in America, she still misses her hometown and feels a connection to Cuba. The song is a beautiful tribute to her heritage and has a deeper meaning than the surface level.


After spending seven separate weeks at number two on the Hot 100, "Havana" rose to the top spot for one week in January 2018.


Lyrics of Havana by Camila Cabello


[Camila Cabello:]

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

Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ay)

There's somethin' 'bout his manners (uh huh)

Havana, ooh na-na

 

He didn't walk up with that "how you doin'?"

(When he came in the room)

He said there's a lot of girls I can do with

(But I can't without you)

I knew him forever in a minute

(That summer night in June)

And papa says he got malo in him

He got me feelin' like

 

Ooh... I knew it when I met him

I loved him when I left him

Got me feelin' like

Ooh... and then I had to tell him

I had to go, oh na-na-na-na-na

 

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 (uh huh)

Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ay)

My heart is in Havana

Havana, ooh na-na

 

[Young Thug:]

Jeffery

Just graduated, fresh on campus, mmm

Fresh out East Atlanta with no manners, damn

Fresh out East Atlanta

Bump on her bumper like a traffic jam (jam)

Hey, I was quick to pay that girl like Uncle Sam (here you go, ay)

Back it on me, shawty cravin' on me

Get to eatin' on me (on me)

She waited on me (then what?)

Shawty cakin' on me, got the bacon on me (wait up)

This is history in the makin' on me (on me)

Point blank, close range, that B

If it cost a million, that's me (that's me)

I was gettin' mula, pretty baby

 

[Camila Cabello:]

Havana, ooh na-na (ay, ay)

Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (oh, ay, ay)

He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (oh no)

Oh, but my heart is in Havana

My heart is in Havana

Havana, ooh na-na

 

Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na

Take me back, back, back like

Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na

Take me back, back, back like

Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na

Take me back, back, back like

Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na

Take me back, back, back

Yeah, ay...

Ooh...

Take me back to my Havana...

 

Havana, ooh na-na

Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (oh, yeah)

He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na

Oh, but my heart is in Havana

My heart is in Havana (ay)

Havana, ooh na-na

 

Uh huh

Oh na-na-na...

No, no, no, take me back

Oh na-na-na

Havana, ooh na-na

Release Date

2017

Songwriter/s

Camila Cabello, Jeffery Williams, Brittany Hazzard, Pharrell Williams, Adam Feeney, Brian Lee, Ali Tamposi, Andrew Watt, Louis Bell, Kaan Gunesberk

Producer/s

Frank Dukes

Label/s

Epic, Syco

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