Meet Lola, The Girl From Havana
Meet Lola, The Girl From Havana
The truth about “Lola” that Camila Cabello and Yotuel’s new song didn’t say.
Lola was the smartest in the school
She was a supernova
She had a mind beyond her time
It was a thrill to know her (Camila Cabello, Lola)
This is the true story of a girl named Lola. She was the smartest girl at her school in La Habana, Cuba. She refused to accept any place other than first. She excelled so well in her studies that she was allowed by the government to continue her studies at the university.
But before she could enter college, when she was just 15 years old, she had to pack her bags, leave her parents and her home, and head out to work the labor camps at la escuela al campo. This is a requirement for all 15-year-old girls in Cuba. She wasn’t happy about having to work in the Tobacco fields but it is her dream to become a doctor or a scientist so she knew she must leave.
While at the education labor camps she fell head over heels over her attractive male science teacher. After a short love affair, she became pregnant and was sent back home to her family to prepare for a baby as an unwed mother. The father was already married with children and did not live in her hometown. She was on her own.
She had dreams, she’d fall in love some place like BarcelonaLola, Lola, Lola, LolaShe could’ve walked on the moon, yeahShe could’ve found us a cureBut family didn’t have no foodAnd she had to leave school to work (Camila Cabello, Lola)
Nobody breaks the ceilingNobody where she’s fromNobody breaks the ceiling, yeah (Camila Cabello, Lola)
All of those dreams are fading slowly, slowlyShe knows the stories ‘bout the police, policeIt’s just the way it is so don’t speak, don’t speak (Camila Cabello, Lola
She believed the world they promised her, but now she’s olderShe’s seen the people disagree and disappearThe power’s out for daysNo food is on its wayNothing changesThis ain’t the dream they sold usLola, Lola, LolaShe could’ve walked on the moon, yeahCould’ve found us a cureBut she worried ‘bout her childrenNinety miles till the shore (Camila Cabello, Lola)
Se pone bien bonita | She makes herself very prettyComo lista pa’ un desfile | As if ready for a paradeLe prometieron ser la | They promised her she’d beReina del Caribe | The queen of the CaribbeanPero alguien le cambió | But someone changed herEl guión de cine | movie scriptY comenzar de nuevo | And to begin anewSolo pide | Is all she asksDel bajo mundo ella proviene | To the shadow world she goesCuanto vales cuanto tienes | What is your worth? How much do you have?Ese es el precio de mi Lola | That’s the price of my LolaCuando no hay salida | When there is no way outQuiere libertad | She wants freedomQuiere patria y vida | She wants homeland and life(Camila Cabello featuring Yotuel, Lola)
Nobody’s listeningSo she won’t speakWon’t speakAll of those dreams are fading slowly, slowlyShe knows the stories ‘bout the police, policeIt’s just the way it is so don’t speak, don’t speak(Camila Cabello, Lola)
Quiso sacarse el dolor | She wanted to get rid of her painMatando su corazón | That is killing her heartElla soñaba volar | She dreamt of flyingPero el avión nunca despegó| But the plane never took offCuanto sufre el paso | How much she suffers in the passingDel tiempo y siempre sola | Of time and always aloneEn mi Havana cuantas Lola’s | In my Habana how many Lola’s(Camila Cabello featuring Yotuel, Lola)