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Havana
Pentatonix Lyrics


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Ooh, ooh na na na
Ooh, ah
Ooh, ooh Havana, ooh na na
Ooh na na

Havana, ooh na na (whoa)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na na (whoa)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na na na (whoa)
Oh, but my heart is in Havana
There's somethin' 'bout his manners (huh 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"
(Oh 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 (whoa)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na na (whoa)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na na na (whoa)
Oh, but my heart is in Havana
My heart is in Havana
Havana, ooh na na

Jeffery, just graduated, fresh on campus, oh
He's fresh out East Atlanta with no manners, yeah
Bump on her bumper, bump on her bumper
Like a traffic jam
I was quick to pay that girl like, like Uncle Sam

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 (whoa)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na na (whoa)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na na na (whoa)
Oh, but my heart is in Havana
My heart is in Havana (huh, huh)
Havana, ooh na na
Ooh
Ooh
Havana, ooh na na

Overall Meaning

The song "Havana" by Pentatonix is about a girl who falls in love with a guy from Havana, Cuba, but is torn because her heart is still in Havana even though she's with him. The opening lines "ooh, ooh na na na" set the tone for the song, which is sultry and sexy. The chorus "Havana, ooh na na" is catchy and memorable, making it one of the most recognizable parts of the song.


The first verse describes how the girl's heart is split between Havana and East Atlanta, where the guy she's with is from. She's drawn to the guy's cool and smooth manners, even though her father thinks he's trouble. The chorus repeats, reminding us that the girl's heart is still in Havana. The second verse is about a guy named Jeffery who's just started college and is from East Atlanta. The girl pays him like Uncle Sam, implying that he's a gigolo or male escort.


Line by Line Meaning

Ooh, ooh na na na
Expressing excitement and enthusiasm through vocalizations.


Ooh, ah
Continuing the vocalizations with a slightly different pitch.


Ooh, ooh Havana, ooh na na
Repeating the city name 'Havana' while adding more vocalizations.


Ooh na na
Adding more vocalizations to create a rhythm for the song.


Havana, ooh na na (whoa)
Introducing the main location of the song, Havana, while also adding more vocalizations.


Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na na (whoa)
Expressing the idea that part of the singer's heart is still in Havana, bringing more emotion to the song.


He took me back to East Atlanta, na na na (whoa)
Referencing an event in the past where the singer's partner took them to East Atlanta, again adding more emotion to the song.


Oh, but my heart is in Havana
Repeating the idea from earlier that part of the singer's heart still belongs in Havana.


There's somethin' 'bout his manners (huh huh)
Noticing a quality about the partner's behavior that draws the singer in, marked with a 'huh huh' vocalization.


He didn't walk up with that, "how you doin'?"
Noting that the partner did not use a typical greeting when entering the room, marking him as different or unique.


(When he came in the room)
Clarifying the timing of the prior line with a parenthetical.


He said, "there's a lot of girls I can do with"
Quoting the partner's statement about other potential partners, but reassuring the listener that the singer is still drawn to this partner.


(Oh but I can't without you)
Adding another line to the partner's statement, emphasizing the importance of their connection and the singer's commitment to their relationship.


I knew him forever in a minute
Expressing a connection that feels like it has been there for a long time, despite only just meeting.


(That summer night in June)
Adding detail to the previous line to suggest that the connection was made on a specific date, in a specific location.


And papa says he got malo in him
Bringing in the voice of the singer's father, who has some suspicion or reservations about the partner's character.


He got me feelin' like
Indicating that despite these concerns, the partner still makes the singer feel a certain way.


Ooh, I knew it when I met him
Confirming that the connection with the partner was apparent from the moment they met.


I loved him when I left him
Expressing a strong connection even after the singer and partner parted ways for a time.


Got me feelin' like
Repeating the line from earlier that suggests the partner evokes a certain feeling in the singer.


Ooh, and then I had to tell him
Acknowledging that there were still difficult conversations to be had in the relationship.


I had to go, oh na na na na na
Repeating the phrase 'na na na na na' but this time to indicate a departure or ending to the relationship.


Jeffery, just graduated, fresh on campus, oh
Introducing a new character named 'Jeffery' and giving some details about him, also marked with a 'oh' vocalization.


He's fresh out East Atlanta with no manners, yeah
Describing Jeffery's place of origin and personality traits, suggesting some similarities to the previous partner described earlier in the song.


Bump on her bumper, bump on her bumper
Repeating a phrase with a strong rhythm that emphasizes a sexual energy in the situation being described.


Like a traffic jam
Adding a simile to compare the situation to a familiar experience, emphasizing the feeling of being stuck or crowded.


I was quick to pay that girl like, like Uncle Sam
Referencing the idea that the singer was quick to provide some kind of financial support to the girl described in the previous lines.


My heart is in Havana (huh, huh)
Repeating the earlier motif about the singer's heart being in Havana, marked with another 'huh huh' expression of emotion.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC, RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Adam King Feeney, Alexandra Leah Tamposi, Andrew Wotman, Brandon Perry, Brittany Talia Hazzard, Camila Cabello, Jeffery Lamar Williams, Louis Russell Bell, Pharrell L. Williams, Brian Dong Ho Lee, Kaan Gunesberg

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Josh Horton

So good!!!

Shelby Lee

Jake & Josh isn't your name supposed to Drake and Josh? Lol

yashraj mavi

Shelby Lee no

Avanlee

But it refers to the show, doesn’t it? Ah, good, old times...

Shelby Lee i thought it was Drake and Josh for like 5 minutes

BabyNutt

Avanlee I thought the same thing I first came across them . I was in one of their videos 😂

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This feels like a group of friends just sitting in a circle singing together which is awesome in of itself

Priscilla Bowser

Something I've always appreciated about Pentatonix is that when they make a music video, it at least makes sense; it matches what they're singing about and accompanies the overall feel of the song. They have class and style which I appreciate.

Suzanne

They are fantastic at matching the video to the vibe of the song.

Abby Marie

I can't even play the trumpet, and Kevin can play the trumpet without a trumpet. Like.....

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