Is Israel’s ‘Hurricane’ about war? Translation of the lyrics

Is Israel’s ‘Hurricane’ about war? Translation of the lyrics
Is Israel’s ‘Hurricane’ about war? Translation of the lyrics
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The small town of Malmö in Sweden is at the heart of all discussions. This Saturday, May 11, the Eurovision 2024 final will take place, which this year is taking place in a climate of high tension: Israel’s participation in the famous competition is debated due to current events. Faced with the war raging in the Gaza Strip, many voices believe that the Jewish state should not be authorized to take part in the competition, which promotes values ​​of fraternity. For the organization in charge of Eurovision, which answered burning questions about this controversial debate, the event is apolitical and since the Israeli broadcaster did not break any rules, candidate Eden Golan has the right to represent her country in the competition. And despite calls for boycotts, boos during rehearsals and pro-Palestinian demonstrations taking place on the sidelines of Eurovision in Malmö, Israel is one of the favorites for victory with the song “Hurricane”. A title whose lyrics were closely scrutinized because they initially evoked the terrorist attack perpetrated by Hamas on October 7, 2023.

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“Hurricane” was called “October Rain”

Originally, the song submitted several months ago to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) by the Israeli delegation was titled “October Rain”. A standoff then began between the organizer and the participating country because the title, through its explicit text, was deemed too political – and therefore contrary to the regulations. A first version was rejected and Israeli broadcaster KAN had to work with singer Eden Golan on a more watered-down song, which ultimately got the green light. “ The competition’s reference group, its board of directors, made the decision to accept the song “Hurricane” for the next competition after careful consideration of the lyrics. It has been agreed that “Hurricane” meets the necessary entry criteria in accordance with the competition rules » indicates the EBU on the official Eurovision website.

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Thus, after removal of several elements suspected of being controversial, the song “October Rain” became “Hurricane”. Purecharts invites you to discover the translation of the English lyrics of the song which represents Israel at Eurovision 2024.

Eden Golan – Hurricane

Lighter of my symphony
Play with me
Look into my eyes and see
People go away but never say goodbye

Someone stole the moon tonight
Took my light
Everything is black and white
Who is the fool who told you: “Boys don’t cry”?

Hours and hours, give power
Life is not a game, but it is ours
As the weather gets wild

Chorus
Every day I lose my mind
I hang on in this mysterious journey
Dancing in the storm, I have nothing to hide
Take it all and leave the world behind
Baby, promise me you’ll hold me again
I’m still broken by this hurricane
This hurricane

Living in a fantasy
Ecstasy
Everything must happen
We will fade away, but love will never die

Hours and hours, give power
Life is not a game, but it is ours
As the weather gets wild

Chorus
Every day I lose my mind
I hang on in this mysterious journey
Dancing in the storm, I have nothing to hide
Take it all and leave the world behind
Baby, promise me you’ll hold me again
I’m still broken by this hurricane
This hurricane
This hurricane

In Hebrew
No need for big words
Only prayers
Even though it’s hard to see
You always leave me a little light

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