Shakira wasn’t afraid to get a little wacky when it came to the lyrics on She Wolf. But the international songstress admits that kookier lyrics are sometimes born out of necessity in order to make the song work.
For instance, on the track “Long Time,” when she sings, “I’m so happy I should get sued,” she insists that the lyric made sense because of the song’s rhyming scheme. “Maybe it rhymed,” she told MTV News. “It’s hard to explain your own lyrics, you know.”
On “Mon Amour,” she vows, “Hope the French fleas eat you both alive,” but said there’s no harm meant in the song. “I was just fantasizing about fleas in France eating them both alive,” she simply stated.
“This album has been written from a very feminine perspective. I think maybe because I feel more like a woman today … I guess this album contains a lot of the emotions that a woman experiments when you’re in love or out of love — jealousy, fantasies, daydreams,” she continued. “I even spoke a little about friends of mine — girlfriends of mine — that I see struggling with their own romantic lives … how hard it is for girls to find the right guy.”
The song that covers this topic best is “Men in This Town.” In it, Shakira sings about looking all over and still not finding the right guy. However, don’t mistake the Matt Damon name-check as a jab.
“I know Matt Damon,” she said about the lyric, “Matt Damon’s not meant for me.” “I know him and his wife. It’s all good. This is a song and Damon really rhymed with the other word. Matt Damon is actually a terrific dude — I’m saying it in a good way. What I’m actually saying is there aren’t many great guys out there and Matt Damon is one of them. I love Matt Damon. He’s so great. He’s a good sport too.”