Serhat

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2019: SAN MARINO – ‘Say Na Na Na’ by Serhat

Eurovision 2019 – SAN MARINO

by Christopher Smith

The San Marino song is called “Say Na Na Na and is performed by Serhat.

ARTIST:

54 year old Ahmet Serhat Hacıpaşalıoğlu, known as Serhat, is a Turkish singer, producer and television presenter.

He represented San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm singing “I Didn’t Know” in the first semi final of Eurovision, but failed to qualify for the final.  On January 21st 2019, it was announced that he will again represent San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. He performed his song “Say Na Na Na” in the first semi final on May 14th and qualified for the final.

“Say Na Na Na” is written by Serhat and American songwriter Mary Susan Applegate, who wrote “The Power Of Love”, recorded by Jennifer Rush and later Celine Dion.

VIDEO:

LIVE PERFORMANCE:

OPINION:

“Say Na Na Na” kicks off with a Eurobeat 80’s-90’s pop soundtrack and maintains this throughout set against Serhat’s husky, sometimes monotone vocal. Great dance moves can be had from this song!

PREDICTION:

Despite the great classic feel to this pop deity, “Say Na Na Na” sadly doesn’t scream winner. It should pick up enough points to stay clear of the bottom, however.

LYRICS:

“Na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na

You look sad and lonely
Is something wrong tonight?
Why this rush to run away?
Things will be alright
Just be strong and look at me
Hear me when I say
Who cares that you’re out of love?
It happens every day

All your dreams will come your way
No matter what you do
Love all colors of this life
And to yourself, be true
Don’t forget my number
Call me anytime
I will always tell you life is beautiful and fine

Say na na na
On a doctor’s order please say na na na
There’s a light for you that waits, it’s na na na
Say na na na, say na na na
You’re not alone, so stand up, na na na
Be a hero, be the rainbow, and say na na na
Say na na na

Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na

All your dreams will come your way
No matter what you do (Tell me)
Love all colors of this life
And to yourself, be true (Is it true?)
Don’t forget my number
Call me anytime
I will always tell you life is beautiful and fine (Na na na)

Say na na na
On a doctor’s order please say na na na
There’s a light for you that waits, it’s na na na
Say na na na, say na na na
You’re not alone, so stand up, na na na
Be a hero, be the rainbow, and say na na na
Say na na na (Na na na)

If you’re feeling lonely (If you’re feeling lonely)
We can take it slowly (We can take it slowly)
Think I’m going crazy (Think I’m going crazy)
Yes, I’m going crazy
We can all go crazy
Bir, iki, üç

Say na na na
On a doctor’s order please say na na na
There’s a light for you that waits, it’s na na na
Say na na na, say na na na
You’re not alone, so stand up, na na na
Be a hero, be the rainbow, and say na na na
Say na na na”

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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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