You can read the lyrics to Bonnie Tyler’s “Believe in Me”—the U.K.’s song for Eurovision 2013—below. It’s heavy on the schmaltz and big on the voice, but something just isn’t floating our boat. We do, however, applaud Bonnie for wearing those tassels on her boots and all that black leather. That’s pretty fierce for a 60-something.

You say you don’t believe in signs from up above
And you laugh at the thought of putting your faith in stuff like love
You never see the rainbow, you just curse the rain
You say you wanna believe but it’s just not worth the pain today

But that’s all fine if that’s how you want it to be
But if you’re feeling alone and afraid and you can’t breathe

Believe in me, yeah
Believe in me, yeah
Believe in
The way I look at you
And stand beside you
The way I speak the truth
I’d never lie to you
If you’d just believe in the things your eyes can see
Believe in me

You come and you go and there’s never no compromise
That’s why the seconds and the minutes of your life
go crawling by

But that’s all fine if that’s how you want it to be
But if you’re feeling alone and afraid and you can’t breathe

Believe in me, yeah
Believe in me, yeah
Believe in
The way I look at you
And stand beside you
The way I speak the truth
I’d never lie to you
If you’d just believe in the things your eyes can see
Believe in me

What ya gonna do when your ship is sinking
And you’re crying out for help and just the seagull’s listening
In the dark of the night, in the middle of the fight
When you’re reaching out for something and there’s nothing

Believe in me, yeah
Believe in
The way I look at you
And stand beside you
The way I speak the truth
I’d never lie to you
If you’d just believe in the things your eyes can see
Believe in me

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Glen
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Glen

The song would’ve been performed better if someone younger had sung it.

Pasha
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Pasha

Well, this is not the Eclipse Of My Heart but it is a good song though. I hope that UK give a chance to the public to choose the representing entry instead.

ave
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ave

I don’t care what you people say…I LOVE IT! And I cross my fingers for UK!!! 😉

Kate Higginson
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Ok, since my last comment I’ve listened to the song much more and now I actually really like it! Give it a chance, it grows on you!

Maurizio
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Maurizio

I like this song a lot. I hope it will win.

AlAlekoff
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AlAlekoff

The UK keeps sending those pathetic (sorry to say) entries, it is almost unbelievable. The song is so boring I can’t even listen to it from start to finish without ordering a large gin. In university we used to call such songs – “depressing pop” or “suicidal pop”. Another favorite for last place in my eyes.

Kate Higginson
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I am from the UK and I have to say that I am very disappointed with the song this year. I wish the BBC would give us a choice for who to send, it seems crazy that we have so much talent in our country that could do so well but is not used! I don’t dislike the song, but I just wish the BBC would send a more inspiring entry that people will really enjoy! No disrespect to Bonnie at all, she’s a legend of British music, but on this occasion I’m not sure we’ve done her justice! Despite… Read more »

Tom Davitt
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Tom Davitt

Theres some good news and some bad news

The bad news is that this is a woefully, painfully boring song with nothing to it at all. Its so excruciatingly dull and is a definite for the bottom 5 places.

The good news is that is that I will never have problems falling asleep ever again as I can listen to this awful awful song

Tom
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Tom

Against what many people say, I really love UK this year. Her voice is unique (not like people haven’t noticed it yet – but a good number of them haven’t ever heard of Bonnie Tyler, which is pretty strange according to her – former – huge fame) and the song is very clean and comfortable. I suspect a top 15 here, at least, not considering the jury, however.

Zolan
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Zolan

Looking past the mystery of what exactly the BBC is playing at, this is actually a good song. But it is very subdued, and if they just send Bonnie out to sing it in the usual way it will fall flat. The stage performance needs to planned in detail, backing and lead vocals must be integrated precisely. This level of micromanagement is probably not what she is used to. The whole team must practice the routine together and repeatedly to deliver a powerful combined effect. Dropping into Eurovision for a quick solo won’t cut it, no matter how flawless. With… Read more »

Gloria
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Gloria

Love that tranny Babushky douze point.

Xander
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Xander

I agree with Wiwi that it’s pretty boring…

Robbie
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Robbie

I’m proud of this entry, I mean come on fellow Brits – it’s better than sending something like scooch’s song over isn’t it?

Plus I have loads of friends across Europe who are all saying they love the song and it could be the dark horse …

Gavin
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Ok… Converted. So I just spent 15 minutes listening to it, full volume… And then joining in with my own rendition in front of the mirror. I LOVE IT!

Scott Ramsay
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Scott Ramsay

This may be seen as a cop out, but I seriously believe that the UK have done well. Bonnie Tyler is still huge in Europe. She has Desmond Child on songwriting duties. This is an epic power ballad a la Everything by Anna Vissi.

Bonnie will do well.

Gavin
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Gavin

I am seriously disappointed. I need to say that I love Bonnie Tyler, and i think her work in the early 80s and 90s is amazingly powerfull and visual and i would still secreatly buy an album of heres today, just for the powerfull lyrics and her husky voice… but… … really? … really BBC? Just give up completely please. For the first time i would welcome the UK not taking part in the contest. What is the point? Its not current. Its not culturlaly what we play on the radio. Its dull. Its not imaginative. I did not get… Read more »

Jonathan
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Jonathan

On listening to it the first time, I actually quite like it! Yes, she might be a “has-been” like Engelburt Humperdinck last year, but the difference is, “Only love will set you free” was incredibly boring, dull and old fashioned, whereas this is actually a pleasant surprise! Will we win? I don’t think so. But I think it gives the UK some credibility back.

MF
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MF

I agree with Bogdan. I thought that my aversion for country music might make me feel it sounds like this, but I’m relieved to see others see it like this as well. I wonder who’s in charge of choosing the Eurovision participant at BBC. 80-years-old people? That’s really ridiculous…Like they did not learn anything from last year’s results…I liked both Engelbert and Bonnie in their younger days, but give me a break!

Jaz
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It’s just all too similar to 2012 for my liking. Formerly big name on the wrong side of middle age represents the UK with classy but ultimately snooze-worthy ballad that everyone will forget about immediately. AAUUUUUUGGGGHHH!!! I have nothing against Bonnie Tyler, but this is so frustrating. How hard can it be to find some fresh, unknown talent just waiting for some kind of launchpad to come along, give them a decent, catchy, contemporary pop song and send them packing (to Sweden, that is)? I think Germany would agree that it ain’t.

Anthony
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Anthony

My biggest concern about this is that there is a possibility of deja vu this year.

A majority of Eurovision viewers will judge songs based on first impressions and last year, Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Love Will Set You Free” was mainly too old-fashioned for the televoting public’s liking. I fear that “Believe In Me” might not connect with non Eurovision fans and they might it too dreary for their tastes.

Bonnie Tyler’s best hope is to deliver a flawless pitch-perfect performance at the Jury dress rehearsal, if the UK are to avoid another humiliating year.

Bogdan
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It’s melodic and uplifting, but it sounds like a country song that Faith Hill would help make a hit… in the States… in the 90’s. It’s mind-boggling how the UK, of all countries, becomes the laughing stock of Eurovision year after year. The only good thing is that Bonnie Tyler is popular, although a “who is Bonnie Tyler” search on Twitter reveals that many young kids have never heard of her.

Tania
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Tania

Congratulations Bonnie, guys!! x

Tania
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Tania

It’s a winner song!!!

John
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John

A pleasant, but woefully dull ballad which should have no trouble in keeping the UK out of the top twenty for yet another year. They really have lost the plot…

Fikri
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Fikri

i don’t know who she is and the song is boring… well, it’s UK.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Actually i quite like this song! It’s a real earn worm, and it grows on me, plus don’t forget she was insanely famous. I think a good top 10 place is possible.