"El Castigo" is Spanish for "the punishment." In a Songfacts interview with Los Master Plus frontman Alfredo Cabello
, he discussed the meaning behind the song. "It talks about how when you're in a relationship and someone isn't there and they just leave you," he said. "You're talking about how big your love is, but you're still hurting, so it says, 'I hope the punishment that you're going to get isn't as big as my love for you, but it's going to be because it's horrible. I don't want it to happen but it's going to happen.' That kind of thing."