Javiera Mena Culpa

Culpa” is Javiera Mena’s entry for Benidorm Fest. The song is all about forgetting feelings of guilt and letting go. Do not blame yourself for enjoying your life — just dance to Javiera’s electronic organ.

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Benidorm Fest: Javiera Mena “Culpa”

Electropop icon, singer and songwriter Javiera Mena is originally from Chile, but resides in Spain. Her song “Culpa” might not be new for some fans, as her song was available from October. She describes it as a “pop/dance purge with a French House twist on the feeling of guilt.”

This electropop piece would be one of the most original and unique candidacies with which Spain has participated in Eurovision, and it has undergone a revamp for Benidorm Fest. The original was above the three minute rule. 

 

 

What do the “Culpa” lyrics mean?

“Culpa” reflects on the feeling of guilt but in a light and accessible setting. In an interview, Javiera explained she was very interested in this concept, as she feels she’s managed to stop blaming herself for enjoying life ever since she moved to Spain.

“Nietzche also dealt with this concept, but this is pop”, she said. That’s why she set the song on the dance floor: “It’s five in the morning, time has no end…Let life free us from this bloody guilt, far from what’s good and from what’s bad.” 

She also asks her lover to let go and to “surrender to her will”. The song’s lyrics are a constant debate between light and dark, good and evil. “Let’s escape, we both want to, and surrender to my will.”

“Culpa” lyrics – Javiera Mena (Benidorm Fest 2022)

Written and composed by: Javiera Mena

Spanish text

Es la hora cinco
El tiempo no tiene fin
Una fuerza oculta
Nos lleva con la música


Es la hora exacta
Escapémonos de acá
Agarra mi mano
Y entrégate a mi voluntad


Y que la vida
Nos libere
De la maldita culpa
Lejos del bien y lejos del mal
Lejos del bien


Adivinaciones
Te llegan al amanecer
Tus mejores días
Adentro de mi cuerpo


Tu verdad debe sentir
Más allá del bien y el mal
Escapemos, queremos
Entrégate a mi voluntad


Y que la vida
Nos libere
De la maldita culpa
Lejos del bien y lejos del mal


Vida mía
Escapemos
De la maldita culpa
Lejos del bien y lejos del mal


Lejos del mal
Lejos del bien, tu-uh-uh
Lejos del mal, tu-uh-uh
Lejos del bien, oh-oh-oh
Lejos del mal
Lejos del bien

English translation

It’s hour number five
Time has no end
A hidden force
Carries us with the music


It’s the exact hour
Let’s escape from here
Take my hand
And surrender to my will


And may life
Free us
From the damn guilt
Far from good and far from evil
Far from good


Premonitions
Come to you at dawn
Your best days
Inside of my body


Your truth must feel
Beyond good and evil
Let’s escape, we both want
And surrender to my will


And may life
Free us
From the damn guilt
Far from good and far from evil


My love
Let’s escape
From the damn guilt
Far from good and far from evil


Far from evil
Far from good, you-ooh-ooh
Far from evil, you-ooh-ooh
Far from good, oh-oh-oh
Far from evil
Far from good

Is “Culpa” your favourite Benidorm Fest entry? Should Javiera Mena sing at Eurovision 2022? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Sebastian
Sebastian
4 months ago

Javiera Mena is known for sing live VERY BAD. I’m chilean and she did an embarassing show with Alejandro Sanz (a well-known spanish romantic singer) in Viña del Mar festival (a blend of latin american Eurovision and summer festival) where she sang HORRIBLE. Also when she sang culpa live in the national music prizes, she didn’t sing well. By the way, all the best for her!

Edu
Edu
4 months ago

Spain, plz this is one of the best entries you have. So plz consider Culpa for Eurovision ?
I’ll be very happy if Javiera Mena goes to Eurovision ??
I love Rigoberta’s Ay mamá too ???

Safiya
Safiya
4 months ago

Honestly a bit too disco-y for me, but I have to admit it’s catchy as hell. I did not really like it when I listened for the first time and I was surprised that after a while I found myself humming it.

Addie
Addie
4 months ago

It’s one of my few favorites of Benidorm Fest! I generally do like electropop, so the minute I listened to this, I felt that this was something good. Not sure how exactly people or the juries would vote for this, but I think this will sound good in the live.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
4 months ago

I’m still not really vibing with this song, although I admit that there is something cool about it.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

It’s unlikely it’ll win Benidorm Fest but it’s a very cool song, reminisces 2000’s Latin pop greatly!

Last edited 4 months ago by ete sech
Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

It’s a cool song for brainy people and should work even better with sweat and endorphins.

fionn
fionn
4 months ago

i love this

Yankee
Yankee
4 months ago

Culpa is my favorite Spanish entry!

Karl
Karl
4 months ago

This is my favorite. Love it.

AlexC
AlexC
4 months ago

Yes. Loving this song. Usually I’m one of the most critical in here as most songs are just meh and predictable but for some reason I love this one. Good luck.