Italy 2013: Marco Mengoni

Marco Mengoni ©  Giuseppe La Spada
Artist name: 
Marco Mengoni
Song title: 
L'Essenziale
Song writer(s): 
Francesco De Benedittis, Roberto Casalino and Marco Mengoni
Year: 
2013
Language: 
Italian
Country: 
Italy
About the song: 

Italy has chosen to send a piano ballad to the Eurovision Song Contest. Other in instruments like a violin, a guitar and a drum set is being used on the song, but it is mainly carried through by the piano. 

The song changes a bit near the end where it goes up in intensity. More instruments are used and Marco have to sing higher and faster, which he of course manage well. Marco himself has written the song himself together with Francesco De Benedittis and Roberto Casalino, the latter also wrote the lyrics for the song. 

About the selection: 

Marco Mengoni came to represent Italy through the traditional Festival di Sanremo (Sanremo Music Festival in English), which he won. The contest started in 1951 and is often refered to as the inspiration for the Eurovision Song Contest - and is widely followed by fans across the world. 

Since Italy rejoined the Eurovision Song Contest two years ago they picked up the tradition with picking their participant through Sanremo, although there is no guarantee that it will be the winner going. It all depends on whether or not one wants to have the honour of representing their own country abroad in Europe's largest TV show - and Marco, the winner, wanted that.

About the participant: 

Marco Mengoni is a true Christmas child being born on 25th of December. His musical training began as his parents heard him sing and decided to send him to singing lessons to learn the proper technic. This later led to him participating in the talent show X factor, which he won in 2009 and shortly after released his first EP, which became a success.

Few months later Marco takes part in Sanremo for the first time, and comes third, but after that things went quite fast for the young man. He wins a lot of awards including Best Italian Act and Best European Act at MTV European Music Awards in 2010. 

Lyrics: 
Sostengono gli eroi
se il gioco si fa duro
è da giocare
Beati loro poi
se scambiano le offese con il bene
Succede anche a noi
di far la guerra e ambire poi alla pace
e nel silenzio mio
annullo ogni tuo singolo dolore
Per apprezzare quello che
non ho saputo scegliere

Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi
io compongo nuovi spazi
e desideri che
appartengono anche a te
che da sempre sei per me
l'essenziale

Non accetteró
un altro errore di valutazione
l'amore è in grado di
celarsi dietro amabili parole
che ho pronunciato prima che
fossero vuote e stupide

Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi
io compongo nuovi spazi
e desideri che
appartengono anche a te
Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi
mi allontano dagli eccessi
e dalle cattive abitudini
tornerò all'origine

torno a te che sei per me
l'essenziale
L'amore non segue le logiche
Ti toglie il respiro e la sete

Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi
mi allontano dagli eccessi
e dalle cattive abitudini
tornerò all'origine
torno a te che sei per me
l'essenziale

English translation of the lyrics: 
Heroes say
When the game gets tough
It's time to play
Bless them when, though
They mistake offenses for good acts
Happens to us too
To make war and then long for peace
And then in my silence
I annihilate your every single pain
And now I appreciate
What I wasn't able to choose

As the world falls into pieces
I craft new spaces and needs
That belong to you too
You, whom I believe to be the ESSENTIAL

I won't accept another
Wrong decision
Love can hide behind loving words
That I uttered before
they turned empty and vain

As the world falls into pieces

I craft new spaces and needs
That belong to you too
As the world falls into pieces
I move away from excesses
And bad habits
To go back to the origins

Going back to you
You, whom I believe to be the ESSENTIAL
Love won't abide any rules
It takes your breath away
and quenches your thirst

As the world falls into pieces
I craft new spaces and needs
That belong to you too
As the world falls into pieces
I move away from excesses
And bad habits
To go back to the origins

To go back to you, whom I believe to be the ESSENTIAL

(Translation by Eurovision.tv)



 

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