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Oye Como Va
Santana Lyrics


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Rrrr, sabor

Oye como va
Mi ritmo
Bueno pa' gozar
Mulata

Oye como va
Mi ritmo
Bueno pa' gozar
Mulata

Oye como va
Mi ritmo
Bueno pa' gozar
Mulata

Oye como va
Mi ritmo
Bueno pa' gozar
Mulata

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Santana's hit song "Oye Como Va" are a celebration of music and rhythm. The repeated phrase "oye como va" meaning "listen to how it goes" sets the tone for the song's infectious beat. The song urges listeners to move and dance to its upbeat tempo, which is described as being "bueno pa' gozar," or good for having fun. The use of the term "mulata" in the refrain is a reference to a woman of mixed African and European heritage, and it adds a sense of sensuality and passion to the song's lyrics.


Musically, "Oye Como Va" is a masterclass in Latin percussion and rhythm. The song's distinctive melody is based around a repetitive guitar riff that is augmented by a syncopated horn section and a pulsing rhythm section. The percussion, which includes congas, timbales, and bongos, is mixed prominently in the song, providing a driving backbeat that gives the song its distinctive groove. Santana's guitar work is also noteworthy, and he adds a number of solos throughout the track that showcase his skill at blending rock and Latin musical styles.


Overall, "Oye Como Va" is a joyful celebration of music and movement that has proven to be enduringly popular since its initial release in 1970. Its catchy melody and infectious rhythm have made it a favorite of dance floors around the world, and its celebration of Latin American musical traditions has helped to cement Santana's place as a pioneering figure in the fusion of rock and Latin music.


Line by Line Meaning

Rrrr, sabor
Expressing delight in the flavor or taste of something.


Oye como va
Listen to how it goes or how it's done.


Mi ritmo
My rhythm, the beat that I follow.


Bueno pa' gozar
Good for enjoying and having fun.


Mulata
Referring to a mixed-race woman with African, European and Indigenous ancestry.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Tito Puente

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@Turgon_

Yoshikage: Killer Queen can turn anything it touches into a bomb, beat that!

Oyecomova: Turns water into a bomb

@fastestpoyointhewest673

Oyecomova: "But wait, there's more!" Turns air into a bomb

@julianjackson9736

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@zegtendo724

Also smoke

@dr.1277

I t ’ s t i m e f o r b e e s .

@d.n5287

Kira: *Turns bubble of compressed air into a bomb*

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@MrGrunters

I played this at a house party and got laughed at. I still stand by my decision, it was them who were in the wrong.

@RockNRollSurf

Looks like you need new friends. Those who laugh at Rock & Roll have committed a war crime against humanity

@moroszov9035

well... it's not a great song for a house party

@MrGrunters

@@moroszov9035 You're face isnt good for a house party

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