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Woman Explains What The Lyrics To 'Numa Numa Yay' Actually Mean

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Woman Explains What The Lyrics To 'Numa Numa Yay' Actually Mean

It's one of the best known songs in the world thanks to its appearance in one of the world's best loved YouTube memes, but do you actually know what the words to the 'Numa Numa Yay' song really mean?

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First off, it's not actually called that. Its true title is 'Dragostea Din Tei' and it's by a Moldovan pop group called O-Zone.

Anyway, because TikTok has an answer for anything these days, one helpful user has translated the words of the chorus for us, so we can finally know what we're pretending to sing along to.

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In case you've never seen the words to the chorus written down in their original language, you're supposed to be singing:

"Vrei să pleci dar nu mă, nu mă iei
Nu mă, nu mă iei, nu mă, nu mă, nu mă iei.
Chipul tău și dragostea din tei
Mi-amintesc de ochii tăi."

O-Zone in the official video. Credit: Polydor
O-Zone in the official video. Credit: Polydor

Translated into English, that actually means:

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"(You) want to leave but don't want to take me
Don't want to take me, don't want, don't want to take me,
Your face and the love from the linden [trees]
Remind me of your eyes."

There you have it.

In the video above, the TikTok user - @hatze6 - also explains some of the words that lead into the chorus, and whilst you're probably able to translate the words 'alo, alo' already, you might find some of the others enlightening.

The song was given an original release in 2003 in Romania, where the group were living, and then became the sound of the summer in 2004 across Europe when it was released again.

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It managed to top 13 charts across the world, as well as later topping eight end of year charts in countries including Germany, France, and Austria.

Basically, it was absolutely massive.

Over here in the UK, it didn't quite manage to reach the top of the charts, but it got as high as number three, which - you'd have to imagine - is the best performance that a song sung entirely in Romanian has ever managed on these shores.

O-Zone eventually split up in 2005, but reunited briefly in 2017 and 2019, performing a one-night-only show in Bucharest for the latter.

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Dragostea Din Tei was the sound of the summer in 2004. Credit: Polydor
Dragostea Din Tei was the sound of the summer in 2004. Credit: Polydor

While the song never recorded the same levels of success in the United States as in Europe, it was exposed to an American audience after a YouTube video called 'Numa Numa Dance' went viral.

That video showed vlogger Gary Brolsma going wild while singing the song. By late 2006, that video had been viewed more than 700 million times, so we can only guess how many it has had by now.

Either way, the next time you drunkenly blurt out the words to this stone-cold Euro-Dance classic, you'll have a better idea of what you're singing.

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See, TikTok is good for something, after all.

Featured Image Credit: Polydor

Topics: Entertainment News, Europe, Music, Interesting, Weird

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