Keiino

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2019: NORWAY – ‘Spirit In The Sky’ by Keiino

Eurovision 2019 – Norway

by Christopher Smith

The Norwegian song is called ‘Spirit In The Sky and is performed by Keiino.

ARTIST

KEiiNO are a Norwegian-Sámi lovechild born in late Summer 2018. With a goal of creating arctic pop-bangers they combine sami joik, nordic folk and camp pop in a synth heavy sound. Their debut-single “Spirit In The Sky” will represent Norway in Eurovision Song Contest.

Inspired by struggles for equal rights regardless of ethnicity, gender identity and sexuality, singer/ songwriter Tom Hugo composed an outline of a song. Given their long struggle in pursuit of equal rights, including a Sami songwriter in this emerging project made eminent sense. Sami rapper/ joiker Fred Buljo jumped at the opportunity. singer Alexandra Rotan came aboard soon after, making the collaboration complete.

On a night filled with Northern Lights, lyricist Alexander Olsson were inspired by the Sami belief that nature gives you strength in times of trouble. Finnish hit-producer Henrik Tala and German producer R. Schramm joined the team, and Spirit in the Sky was born. KEiiNO won the televised pre-selection in Norway by a landslide and the song skyrocketed to the top of the Norwegian charts.

Keiino won the selection to represent Norway at the Melodi Grand Prix held on 2nd March.

VIDEO

LIVE PERFORMANCE

OPINIONS

Steve

These guys remind me of Aqua. I have to say this is the one I have listened to the most and can’t wait to see it being performed live. People will either love or hate the Sami sections. I. LOVE. IT.

Chris

I love the opening to this song, it’s very magical and dark in places before exploding into top class Euro electro pop with a wicked beat. The drama and great ballet in the middle eight is not to be missed!

PREDICTIONS

Steve

This HAS to qualify as the final would be a poorer place without it. I can see it picking up a consistent amount of points in the final and could defo finish on the right hand side of the leader board!

Chris

This should do well! At least bottom half of the top ten at the end of the night…

LYRICS

“Can’t you stay, stay with me into the night?
Stay, I need you close
You can go back when the sun rise again
Just stay tonight, just stay

Have you seen my spirit, lost in the night?
The violent nightshade, they took away my light
They call us nothing, my name is nothing
Come see me, please see me

‘Cause I’ve been running with the demons now
They all see my fear
They say there’s nothing, nothing here

I see your spirit in the sky
When northern lights are dancing
(He lå e loi la)
I hear you calling me at night
Whenever wind is blowing
(He-lo e loi-la)
I can see your spirit in the sky
When northern lights are dancing
(He-lo e loi-la)
(Čajet dan čuovgga)

I’ll follow you until the daylight
Shy us away

I need a hero, I need my light
Her shining lightwaves will break away the night
I call it freedom, our name is freedom
Come find me, please find me

‘Cause I am dancing with the fairies now
They all sing our name
I got my light here, shining here

I hear you calling me at night
Whenever wind is blowing
(He-lo e loi-la)
I can see your spirit in the sky
When northern lights are dancing
(He-lo e loi-la)
(Čajet dan čuovgga)

I hear you calling me at night
Whenever wind is blowing
(He-lo e loi-la)
I can see your spirit in the sky
When northern lights are dancing
(He-lo e loi-la)
(Čajet dan čuovgga)

I see your spirit in the sky
When northern lights are dancing (Lights are dancing)
(He-lo e loi-la)
(Čajet dan čuovgga)”

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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