Mambo Number Five Explained

Mambo Number Five Explained


Transcribed from an imaginary conversation with Lou Bega about the lyrics in the chorus of his hit song, Mambo Number Five

A little bit of Monica in my life

Though a pleasant person, Monica can only be tolerated in small doses.  A little goes along way with Monica, so let’s just have a little bit of her.  That’s plenty.

A little bit of Erica by my side

This could literally be Erica as a person by my side or some part of her, like her favorite sweater.  I’ll keep that by my side as a reminder of her.

A little bit of Rita’s all I need

Let’s say I don’t have any time with Monica and Erica’s sweater is in the wash.  Well that would be fine as long as Rita’s around, because she’s really all I need.  Everything else is just gravy.  Rita is really what’s essential here.

A little bit of Tina’s what I see

Is that Tina?  Or is that just her shoe?  I only see a little bit of her.  Those look like her shoes, but from this angle, it’s hard to tell.  Anyway, I’m going to say that’s Tina and I just see a little bit of her.

A little bit of Sandra in the sun 

This is just an observation.  A thought.  This really has nothing to do with me personally.  As an artist, sometimes your thoughts veer into the realm of the disjointed tableau.  This is one of those occurrences.  There’s Sandra.  I see her, in my mind, in the sun.  Be well, Sandra.

A little bit of Mary all night long

Mary is wild.  And she also has trouble sleeping.  When I see Mary I am prepared that it will be an all night endeavor.  I try to keep my dealings with Mary to a minimum.

A little bit of Jessica here I am

This is just fun.  Peek a boo.  Here I am Jessica.  We have a playful relationship.  She brings out the kid in me.

A little bit of you makes me your man! 

This is a gross supposition, for sure, as well as a bit of wishful thinking.  If a little bit of all these ladies is enough for me, who am I to assume that a little bit of Lou Bega would be all they need?  This is something I will have to consider.  Perhaps I will have grown for Mambo Number Six.