Can't Have

Album: Climate Change (2017)
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  • Pitbull reflects on his rise from rags to riches on this immigrant-proud song.

    First we shine the shoes
    Then we own the shoe shop
    First we make the sandwich
    Then we own the restaurant
    First we clean the house
    Then we own every house on the block
    Not bad for some immigrants

    "If you don't know where you're from, you don't know where you're going," Pitbull told The Fader when asked about the track. "If you don't stand up for something, you'll fall for anything. That's what 'Can't Have' is all about – appreciation. Because the grass looks greener on the other side until you get to the other side."
  • The song samples Miami-based singer Steven A. Clark's 2015 song of the same title, retaining the original chorus and incorporating EDM/Trap beats into it.
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