LISTEN: Conchita Wurst will Rise Like a Phoenix in Copenhagen

Conchita Wurst has unveiled her Eurovision 2014 song “Rise Like a Phoenix”. The power ballad oozes Old World class–think Adele’s “Skyfall” or any other James Bond anthem–but there is a lot more to this song than movie soundtrack magic. On one level it’s about how a broken romance makes you stronger. At the same time, it’s a self-affirming rebuke to all those people at home and abroad who have looked down on Miss Wurst for being different.

In recent months Conchita has had to stare hate in the eye. Following her internal selection by ORF, detractors launched an anti-Wurst campaign on Facebook. Petitions emerged in Eastern Europe that called for Belarus and Russia to delete her performance from their broadcast. But Conchita has pressed on, stating that she won’t be dragged into any mud-slinging. “My stance is that I fight for something positive rather than against something negative,” she told Radio Free Europe. “I would like youngsters and children to grow up knowing that the way you are is fine.”

Rise Like a Phoenix lyrics

Waking in the rubble
Walking over glass
Neighbors say we’re trouble
Well that time has passed

Peering from the mirror
No, that isn’t me
Stranger getting nearer
Who can this person be

You wouldn’t know me at all today
From the fading light I fly

Rise like a phoenix
Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I’m transformed
Once I’m reborn
You know I will rise like a phoenix
But you’re my flame

Go about your business
Act as if you’re free
No one could have witnessed
What you did to me

Cause you wouldn’t know me today
And you have got to see
To believe
From the fading light I fly

Rise like a phoenix
Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I’m transformed
Once I’m reborn

I rise up to the sky
You threw me down but
I’m gonna fly

And rise like a phoenix
Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I’m transformed
Once I’m reborn
You know I will rise like a phoenix
But you’re my flame

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Photo: Thomas Ramstorfer (ORF)