Jurijus Veklenko

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2019: LITHUANIA – ‘Run With The Lions’ by Jurijus Veklenko

Eurovision 2019 – LITHUANIA

by Christopher Smith

The Lithuanian song is called “Run With The Lions and is performed by Jurijus Veklenko.

ARTIST:

Lithuanian singer Jurijus Veklenko better known as Jurij Veklenko or simply Jurijus. He has previously performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as one of the backing singers for Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila in their performance of “This Time”. Along with the three other backing singers, Jurijus took part in a same-sex kiss as part of the final performance.

He won the 2019 Lithuanian national final with the song “Run With The Lions”, and will represent his country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.

The song is written by British songwriter and producer Ashley Hicklin together with Eric Lumiere and Pele Loriano.

VIDEO:

LIVE PERFORMANCE:

OPINION:

The synth and keyboard programming on “Run With The Lions” is awesome, catchy and hits every part of your body. Jurij is a fine singer but I’m not sure whether he gets a bit lost towards the end and the bassline consumes him completely.

PREDICTION:

I hope this qualifies, the soundtrack alone is good enough to. However, I fear Jurij could be the victim of timefilling between one great performance and another yet to come – bottom of the table.

LYRICS:

“If you wanna see, just open your eyes
If you wanna breathe, let’s go outside in the open
Out in the open
There’s no need to stay locked up inside
This kingdom is yours and this kingdom is mine

Let me show you
Just let me show you
Ooh, there’s no need to be afraid
You don’t got to hurt away
‘Cause we got a love that can’t be caged
We got love a that can’t be caged
Come on, come on, let your feelings out
Come on, come on, get your freedom now

Run wild
Run with the lions (Oh)
Come on, come on, let your feelings out
Come on, come on, get your freedom now
Run wild
Run with the lions (Oh)

If you want a voice, just open your mouth
Don’t worry about the words, we’ll figure it out
Just try it
Just try it, oh
Ooh, there’s no need to be afraid
You don’t got to hurt away
‘Cause we got a love that can’t be caged
We got a love that can’t be caged
Come on, come on, let your feelings out
Come on, come on, get your freedom now

Run wild
Run with the lions (Oh)
Come on, come on, let your feelings out
Come on, come on, get your freedom now
Run wild
Run with the lions (Oh)
Ooh, ooh, ooh

‘Cause we got a love that can’t be caged
Ooh, ooh, ooh
‘Cause we got a love that can’t be caged
We got a love that can’t be caged
Run with the lions (Oh)
Now I run with the lions (Oh)

Come on, come on, let your feelings out
Come on, come on, get your freedom now
Run wild (Wild)
Run with the lions (Oh)
We got a love that can’t be caged
We got a love that can’t be caged
Ooh”

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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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