Braulio tiene ojos grandes y cabellos oscuros
Nunca come en exceso y jamás duerme desnudo
Siempre viste de gris, pues no tiene remedio
La tendencia a buscarse siempre el punto intermedio

Dana es niña de bien, eso dicen sus padres
Nunca llega a su casa a más de diez ni muy tarde
Braulio y Dana se quieren como cualquier pareja
Pero un día fueron presa de la naturaleza

Y de sus propios instintos
No escaparon con suerte
Con el fuego por dentro
Y las hormonas presentes
Por la ley del magneto
Se acercaron los cuerpos

Pero si a la hora del té nada pasa, uh-oh-oh
Solo te irás lejos de casa, uh-oh-oh
Por haber traído un habitante más
A ingresar a esta podrida ciudad
Donde lo que no se quiere se mata

Se mata
Se mata
Se mata

Ese día llegaste un poco más de las diez
Pero el susto se dio unas semanas después
Cuando te confirmaron tus terribles sospechas
Un niño nacería y ya sabías la fecha

Y antes de que el vecino y la familia supieran
Fuiste donde el doctor a acabar con el problema
Tu vecino está en casa dándose un buen duchazo
Y tú dos metros bajo tierra viendo crecer gusanos

Pero si a la hora del té nada pasa, uh-oh-oh
Solo te irás lejos de casa, uh-oh-oh
Por haber traído un habitante más
A ingresar a esta podrida ciudad
Donde lo que no se quiere se mata

Pero si a la hora del té nada pasa, uh-oh-oh
Solo te irás lejos de casa, uh-oh-oh
Por haber traído un habitante más
A ingresar a esta podrida ciudad
Donde lo que no se quiere se mata

Se mata
Se mata
Se mata
Se mata


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    i understand the explanation of why dana might have died, but i still think the baby was the only one who died...

    babyfabyon December 13, 2009   Link
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    'Con el fuego por dentro y las hormonas presentes por la ley del magneto se acercaron los cuerpos.' la mejor parte de la cancion... segun yo :)

    raVer*gurLon December 08, 2005   Link
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    My friend Astrid loves this song. I do not speak Spanish, nor have I ever found a translation... Let me do so now.

    lizzieluvs2playon June 20, 2006   Link
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    Basically this song is about two young teenagers in love, Braulio and Dana.

    They fall in love, sleep together and everything seems to be okay shortly after. Dana becomes pregnant and has an abortion. The abortion goes badly and Dana dies, Braulio is still alive.

    Sorry - I can't explain very well lol But that's basically what it's about. I think Dana dies, at least, some people think differently. But that's the thing about Shakira's songs, they are so unique that they can make people think different things about them.

    theinfinitesadnesson October 26, 2006   Link
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    I agree with your explanation (theinfinitesadness), but i think the only person that died was the baby. I dont know, i cant figure out where it suggests Dana's death.

    sugar magnoliaon July 23, 2007   Link
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    first it describes Braulio(big eyes, dark hair etc.), then it decribes Dana (a good girl acording to her parents, never comes home late). Next it goes on describing that Braulio and Dana love eachother but one day they were caught by natures ways and they had sex. Later Dana finds out shes pregnant and before the "neighbors"(all the people around her) know about it she went to the doctor to "end the problem"/have an abortion. This goes wrong and Dana dies.

    The song says to Dana "your neighbor is home taking a good shower and you're two meters underground watching magets grow".

    The point this song is trying to make is that this is a rotten city where you kill what you don't want (thats actually the title of the song). in this case the baby wasn't wanted so she killed it and by mistake ended her life aswell.

    partidaf_17on March 29, 2008   Link
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    I agree, Dana doesn't die - at least not literally.

    The word 'quiere,' in Spanish, can mean two words in English: 'like' and 'want.' This translation from "It is liked, it is killed," into "it is wanted, it is killed," makes a difference. The general translation is as follows: Braulio is a big eyed, dark haired man that wears only gray and doesn't sleep naked. (Big eyes => innocence / gray => neutrality, which will come into play later, 'cause Braulio isn't mentioned during the abortion). Dana is a good girl (according to her parents) who never gets home past 10PM. They both love each other like any couple but fell for carnal wants/needs. Dana becomes pregnant shortly after and fears the consequences. (Your neighbor is happily relaxing in every day life while Dana is 2 meters -6feet- under). Which doesn't translate as her actually dying, instead think of it in this situation:

    Doing something SO BAD that you think your parents might kill you. (Which makes sense because her parents think she's the most innocent person ever). So before her parents find out about the pregnancy, she decides to have an abortion because what you don't want, you kill. So to her, the choice is kill the life she's supposed to bring into life (in the "rotten city") or be killed, figuratively, by her parents.

    In the end, Dana's innocence is what dies, not her.

    hyperinactivityon January 25, 2011   Link
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    i think hyperinactivity hit the nail right on the head. it was her innocence that died. and i also think it was a part of her that died, having done such a terrible thing. i think shakira is so amazing for this song.

    syprncon March 04, 2012   Link

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