Eurovision Song Contest 2016: Spain – “Say Yay!” By Barei

CXZFhPVWAAA6x-hEurovision 2016 is almost upon us and as the countries begin to reveal their entries let’s start giving them the once-over. 

As I will be attending the grand final this year it’s even more super exciting for me!

The Spain song is called “Say Yay!” and is performed by Barei.

ARTIST

Barei, stage name of Barbara Reyzábal, was born in Madrid on the 29th of March, 1982. Singer and composer of all her songs, her music career spans over 15 years. She has released two albums so far; Billete para no volver (No-return Ticket) and Throw The Dice. Her influences come from British pop, soul and funk, including artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, One Republic, Maroon 5, Sia or Pink.

Barei studied musical language, singing, guitar and piano. At 18 she participated at the Benidorm Song Festival. After that she moved to Miami where she started writing and recording her first demos. Since her return to Spain, she toured through small venues and last year Barei performed at the Starlite Festival in Marbella. Barei mainly sings and composes in English. She has written songs for other artists such as the Spanish singers Malú and Edurne as well as the Japanese performer May J. Barei has also written soundtracks for television.

SONG

Barei wrote her song for the Eurovision Song Contest, Say Yay! along with Ruben Villanueva and Victor Pua. It is an up tempo song with energy and strength that emotionally reflects the common struggle for self-improvement; a rallying cry for anyone who fights to accomplish their goals. As Barei says “It’s about living to try”. Say Yay! is a feel-good song that moves the listener both inside and out.

OFFICIAL VIDEO

OPINION

Love it! This is a sure-fire Eurovision crowd pleaser and I for one will be dancing a lot when she performs this live on stage!

PREDICTION

It’s in the final as part of the Big Five but I can see this getting a lot of 12 points and finishing close to the Top Five.

LYRICS

“Hello, hello, Mr. Fighter
Look, there we go again
Go-getters don’t forsake
They never wallow in their fate

More than a thousand miles until the end
We’re never gonna know what lies ahead
We only got today
To learn from our yesterday

I feel alive (Bringing into play)
My whole life (Going all the way)
I’m still alive (And I turn away)
From broken mirrors

I feel alive (When I dare to say)
I wanna fight
Won’t fix by running, running, running

(Say yay, yay, yay)
Come on and raise your battle cry
You are the one who never dies
Hurray, sing it, lala lala…
Go on, singing lala lala…

(Say yay, yay, yay)
You keep on climbing over hills
Right now you’re following your dreams
Hurray, sing it, lala lala…

Hurray (Say yay, yay, yay)
Hurray (Say yay, yay, yay)
(Say yay, yay, yay)
Hurray (Say yay, yay, yay)

Hello, hello, Mr. Danger
No need to be afraid
I know by heart my shades
I got the light between my breaks

More than a thousand wounds upon my hands
Of every time I fought them face to face
We go through our mistakes
To find the way to go back straight

I feel alive (Bringing into play)
My whole life (Going all the way)
I’m still alive (And I turn away)
From broken mirrors

I feel alive (When I dare to say)
I wanna fight
Won’t fix by running
No no no no no, won’t fix by running

Come on and raise your battle cry
You are the one who never dies
(Hurray, sing it, lala lala…)
(Go on, singing lala lala…)

You keep on climbing over hills
Right now you’re following your dreams
Hurray, sing it lalalala…

Hurray (Say yay, yay, yay)
Hurray (Say yay, yay, yay)
(Say yay, yay, yay)
Hurray (Say yay, yay, yay)

(Say yay, yay, yay)
Hurray, you gotta say yay
(Say yay, yay, yay)
Duh-duh duh-duh duh-duh-duh
Duh-duh duh-duh-duh

(Say yay, yay, yay)
Hurray, you gotta say yay
(Say yay, yay, yay)
Raise up your battle cry
Say yay, yay, yay”

Good luck Barei!

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @popandtalk and keep me from going Eurovision mad!

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