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Behind The Lyrics: What J Balvin’s New Tune “Ahora” Really Means

Posted on February 26, 2018

Balvin’s back at it with another banger

It’s only been a little over a month since J Balvin dropped his mega hit single “Machika” and already he’s treating us to more new music. Last night, the Columbian singer surprised fans with “Ahora” – presumably the third single from his untitled fifth studio album. But that’s not all! He also released its accompanying music video and needless to say, the visuals are HOT.

However, for those of us who don’t speak Spanish, we can’t help but wonder what it all means. But don’t you worry because we’re about to break it down with the English translation of the song. Take a look!


[Spanish / Original]
Quédate aquí, te conviene
Vamo’ a dejar que esto pase
Y mientras tú te entretiene’
Yo me vuelvo fanático de lo que haces
Quédate aquí, te conviene
Si hay guerra podemo’ hacer las pase’ (podemo’ hacer las pases)
Yo quiero que tú me enseñe’
Todo lo que tú haces, tú haces

[English / Translation]
Stay here, it suits you
I’m going to let this happen
And while you entertain you ‘
I become a fan of what you do
Stay here, it suits you
If there is war I can ‘make the pass’ (I can’ make the passes)
I want you to teach me ‘
Everything you do, you do


In the music video, Balvin sings to a beautiful woman from across the room. This woman appears to be romantically linked to one of Balvin’s friends, but that doesn’t stop him from making his feelings known. He’s “going to let this happen” no matter what. But what is going to happen?…


[Spanish / Original]
Tantas son las horas
Cuando estamo’ a solas
Que quiero tenerte ahora
Me mata si te demoras (skrt, skrt)
Me llamó tu actitud
Creo que vo’ a contestar
Ahora (sí), ahora (eh), por si después me ignoras

[English / Translation]
So many hours
When I’m alone
I want to have you now
It kills me if you delay (skrt, skrt)
Your attitude called me
I think I’ll answer
Now (yes), now (eh), in case you ignore me later


Balvin agonizes over his feelings towards this mysterious woman. They come together on the dancefloor and there is no denying the chemistry between the two. Her attitude calls Balvin to make a move because if he doesn’t now, then it may never happen.

Verse 1

[Spanish / Original]
Tú te ves tan bien, pero me pones tan mal
Quédateme aquí por si no te vuelvo a encontrar
Te conviene y lo sabes, como sabes actuar
Y por más que lo disfraces yo lo sé interpretar
Si todo va bien no hay por qué pasarlo mal
Tantas son las horas que yo ni quiero esperar
Te conviene y lo sabes, que te quieres quedar
No empezó pero ya sabes como va a terminar

[English / Translation]
You look so good, but you make me so bad
Stay here in case I do not find you again
It suits you and you know it, how do you know how to act?
And as much as you disguise it, I know how to interpret it
If everything goes well there is no reason to have a bad time
So many hours that I do not even want to wait
It suits you and you know it, you want to stay
It did not start but you know how it’s going to end


Balvin recognizes what he is doing is bad, but he just can’t help it. He says there’s no reason to be ashamed if they both enjoy it. He wants her now and knows the feelings are mutual although she does a much better job at disguising it.

Verse 2

[Spanish / Original]
Con confianza le damo’ hasta el suelo
Un par de copa’ y yo ya sé que puedo
Tómate tu tiempo mi nena, yo espero
Aunque me mate, sólo sugiero
No hay más que hablar, dímelo después
Baby ahora hay que aprovechar
Por si no se vuelve a dar, otra vez
[English / Translation]
With confidence I give it ‘up to the ground
A couple of glasses’ and I already know that I can
Take your time, my baby, I hope
Even though he kills me, I only suggest
No more talking, tell me later
Baby now you have to take advantage
In case it does not happen again, again

The confidence Balvin has to approach this woman would not have been possible without a few glasses of liquid courage. AHEM. Rather than live his life wondering “what if?,” he’s making his move. We could all learn a thing or two from Balvin.

In the end, the woman made her choice and left him on his lonesome in the middle of the dancefloor. Oh well, no regrets for Balvin!

Well there you have it! What do you think of these lyrics? Were you surprised? Did you think it meant something else? Let us know in the comments below or over on Twitter @umusic