Shakira’s “Si Te Vas,” or, “If You Leave” is the random VLC player choice of music to begin “celebrating” Valentine’s Day. For one, this was still a part of her classic, socially conscious, rock period which won her a lot of notoriety all across Latin America and Spanish-speaking American audiences before selling out to “Hips Don’t Lie” and dangling her two week old child at a Barcelona FC match like she was Michael Jackson in a balcony.
I miss this Shakira. There was a rebelliousness to her music during this era that’s missed among “She Wolf.” That said, Taylor Swift wishes she could pull off a power ballad or otherwise about being a scorned lover half as good as this offering by Shakira.
It starts off soft, and you can feel the tension start to build after the first couple of phrases with the electric guitar riff.
During the chorus, you can really hear the acoustic guitars shouting out above the percussion and emphatically, she proclaims she’ll be fine on her own, and telling her ex, you go with that witch you’re with now and see what’ll happen to you. And if you try to come back to me, I won’t be here and I am not interested.
She also throws some disses at the other lady in the second part, in particular poking fun of when “y la cerulitis invada sus piernas,” “and then cellulite will invade her legs.” So much brilliance, such an awesome Anti-Valentine’s Valentine’s Day song, because fuck it, I’ll be better off without you. I’m just going to let off some steam.