The Truth Behind "The Macarena" Will Leave Your Jaw On The Floor

Growing up, there were many not-so-innocent movie plots and song lyrics that went over our naive heads. I mean, we even happily sang some of them out loud in public without even knowing what they meant.

Now that we're older, we've come to the realization that the world isn't as squeaky clean as we believed it to be while we were growing up in the 90s.

At some point, we have all experienced that "Aha!" moment when we learn that something we enjoyed while young isn't as innocent as we thought it to be.

For a lot of 90s kids, this moment happened recently, and it involves the very popular dance tune, "The Macarena."

The song was released in 1994 by the Spanish pop duo Los del Río and its catchy beat and iconic dance moves instantly inspired a craze. No wedding, bar mitzvah or reunion in the 90s was complete without people breaking into the dance.

Even today, some of us still do the dance and try sing (more like mumble) the fast lyrics every single time the song is played, but we still had no idea what the song is about, until now.

The curious minds at Distractify Video got to the bottom of the mystery, and our innocent 90s souls weren't ready for this.

Are you ready to find out what the song is really about?

So many of us never picked up on the true meaning of "The Macarena" because it was sung in Spanish at lightening speed. Also, ignorance is bliss.

The folks at Distractify sat down a couple of people to explain to them what the song was really about, and it was actually not a feel-good song like we thought.


Turns out, Macarena is about a girl having a trifling affair while her boyfriend is out of town.

Check out the translated lyrics:

Give your body joy, Macarena/ Because your body is meant to be given joy and good things/ Give your body joy, Macarena./ Hey Macarena!/ Macarena has a boyfriend who is named/ Who is named with the last name Vitorino/ And while he was being sworn in as a conscript/ She’s giving it to two friends.

That's right, Macarena was cheating on her boyfriend with two friends while he's serving in the army elsewhere.

The song also touched on the girl's dreams, saying that she's been shopping for some modern clothes and aspires to live in New York, where she can seduce a new boyfriend.

So bottom line is Macarena is a siren, who uses her special dance moves to charm potential dates.

You can watch a few self-proclamied 90s kids react to being told the truth about "The Macarena" in the video below:

Were you surprised by the song's lyrics too?