A TikTok video about the true meaning behind Los Del Rio’s disco hit “Macarena” has revealed that the lyrics actually discuss something “dirty” – and people aren’t okay about that.
The popular track – regularly played at weddings, birthdays and school parties – comes complete with its own unique dance routine, and a Spanish chorus.
However, user @peakay81 has shared the story behind the song, with it being about “a woman whose boyfriend is about to join the army”.
“She, when he’s away, has a threesome with his two best mates.
“No joke, Google it, what the f**k,” he says.
Indeed, a quick Google search of the lyrics reveals that the story checks out, and is about one woman’s sexual experience and her partner, Vitorino.
They read: “Move with me/Chant with me/And if you’re good I’ll take you home with me.
“But don’t you worry about my boyfriend/He’s a boy whose name is Vitorino/I don’t want him/Can’t stand him/He was no good so I…
“Now come on, what was I supposed to do?/He was out of town and his two friends were so fine.”
Then follows the chorus, which, for those curious, is actually this:
“Dale a tu cuerpo alegría Macarena/Que tu cuerpo es pa’ darle alegría y cosa buena/Dale a tu cuerpo alegría, Macarena/Hey, Macarena.”
For those rushing to Google Translate, worry not. A 2013 video from YouTuber Hank Green saw the content creator recruit translators to find the English meaning of that famous chorus.
“Listen to your body/Listen to it, Macarena/If it makes your body feel good, then it’s gonna be okay now/Listen to your body/Listen to it, Macarena/Hey, Macarena,” he sings.
Green then goes on to add it “sounds pretty innocuous”, before explaining the meaning of the song as a whole.
“The next verse in the original version of the Macarena, Macarena’s boyfriend gets drafted into the army, and then she ‘listens to her body’ and has sex with two of his friends, and then wants to go shopping a lot.
“It turns out that she’s just a terrible person,” he concludes.
Responding to the latest video to reveal the song’s NSFW meaning, people have said that their “childhood is ruined”.
“How am I supposed to dance the Macarena again with this info,” asked one commenter.
Another responded: “Bro we literally dance to this song at weddings like what?”