Rumba
Ill Niño Lyrics


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About what is going on here
But I think there is no better explanation on that fact
Than these biological perspective
That maybe the gods want something (something)

Gods want something
Gods want something
Gods want something
Gods want something

Break it up

Layin' on your back again
You know you will regret this
Yo espero y quiero
Live in these tied knots, give up to me
Is it a mistake? You set me up
'Cause this will only mean our disgrace

Baila la rumba latina
Swallow the style that I bring you
Baila la rumba latina
Swallow the style I bring you

Say you wanna be a friend
But real friends don't play pretend
La sangre off my face
Don't mean a thing, just give up to me
Is it a mistake? You set me up
'Cause this will only mean our disgrace

Baila la rumba latina
Swallow the style that I bring you
Baila la rumba latina
Swallow the style that I bring you

Gods want something
Gods want something
Gods want something

Pushing yourself on me
Will not get you there
And blinding me with your plea
You say you will be fair

Everything that you find
Inside you will regret
Read all the fucking signs
Choke on your own sweat

You're wrong, think to beg
Us to be reunite, nothing
I fucking hate you, I fucking hate you
Choke on your sweat

Is it a mistake? You set me up
'Cause this will only mean our disgrace
Is it a mistake? You set me up
'Cause this will only mean our disgrace

Baila la rumba latina
Swallow the style that I bring you
Baila la rumba latina
Swallow the style that I bring you
Baila la rumba latina
Swallow the style that I bring you

Gods want something




Gods want something
Gods want something

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Ill Nino's "Rumba" depict a somewhat chaotic and violent encounter between two people. The first few lines suggest that there is something going on, but the singer doesn't have a clear explanation for it. He suggests that the gods may be involved and trying to communicate something. The repetition of "Gods want something" emphasizes this, creating a sense of urgency and importance.


The verses that follow describe a physical struggle between the two individuals, with one person being "set up" and forced into a "disgraceful" situation. The lines "layin' on your back again, you know you will regret this" suggest a sexual aspect to their encounter, but it's not entirely clear. The chorus, "baila la rumba latina, swallow the style that I bring you," is repeated several times, emphasizing the power dynamic at play. The singer seems to be in control, demanding that the other person submit to him.


Later in the song, the sense of violence and aggression intensifies, with lines like "choke on your own sweat" and "I fucking hate you" being used. The phrase "is it a mistake? you set me up" is repeated twice, suggesting that the situation may not be consensual or that there is some sort of betrayal involved.


Overall, the lyrics to "Rumba" are dark, mysterious and laced with aggression. The song seems to be about a power struggle between two people, with one person trying to dominate and control the other. The repeated phrase "Gods want something" suggests that there may be a supernatural element at play, making the whole thing even more unsettling.


Line by Line Meaning

About what is going on here
The song is about a situation where the gods want something and there is no better explanation for it than from a biological perspective.


Than these biological perspective
The biological perspective might be the only way to understand the will of the gods.


Gods want something
The repeated line suggests that the gods have a desire or a purpose in the situation.


Break it up
This line is a call to separate, to break the situation apart.


Layin' on your back again
This line could be interpreted as being physically or emotionally vulnerable.


You know you will regret this
The vulnerability may lead to regret or consequences.


Live in these tied knots, give up to me
The singer is inviting the listener to let go of their problems and embrace the singer's will.


Is it a mistake? You set me up
The artist questions if they were tricked or betrayed by the listener.


'Cause this will only mean our disgrace
The consequences of the perceived betrayal resulted in a loss of honor or respect.


Baila la rumba latina
This line is a call to dance the Rumba, a Latin American dance style.


Swallow the style that I bring you
The singer is urging the listener to accept and embrace the style of the Rumba.


Say you wanna be a friend
The artist addresses the listener as a supposed friend.


But real friends don't play pretend
The singer questions the authenticity of the friendship.


La sangre off my face
The singer has blood on their face, which could mean they were in a physical altercation.


Don't mean a thing, just give up to me
The singer dismisses the blood on their face and again invites the listener to surrender to them.


Will not get you there
Pushing oneself on the artist won't lead to the desired outcome.


And blinding me with your plea
The listener's request is deemed manipulative or blinding.


You say you will be fair
The listener promised to be fair, but the singer may doubt their sincerity.


Everything that you find inside you will regret
The singer warns the listener that they will regret what they find inside of themselves.


Read all the fucking signs
The artist instructs the listener to pay attention to the obvious signs.


Choke on your own sweat
This harsh phrase could be interpreted as a curse or a threat.


You're wrong, think to beg
The listener is judged by the artist to be wrong, and should reconsider their actions and plead for forgiveness.


Us to be reunite, nothing
There is no hope of reuniting between the two parties.


I fucking hate you, I fucking hate you
The artist expresses intense hatred towards the listener.


Is it a mistake? You set me up
The singer again questions if they were setup or betrayed.


'Cause this will only mean our disgrace
The consequence of a potential betrayal would be a shared embarrassment or dishonor.


Baila la rumba latina
The final repetition of the line is a reiteration of the earlier call to dance the Rumba.


Swallow the style that I bring you
The final line repeats the invitation to fully embrace the style of the Rumba.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Cristian Machado, Dave Chavarri, Marc Rizzo

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