Discuss: What do the Three Minutes to Earth lyrics actually mean?

In 2013 Georgia’s Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani tanked in the grand final with their generic ballad “Waterfall”. So, in 2014, Georgia have taken an “out-of-the-box” approach and chosen the fusion jazz band The Shin & Mariko with “Three Minutes to Earth”. The song left our jury completely baffled and with our mouths on the floor. Today we are looking at the lyrics of this unusual song and trying to make sense of it all.

The lyrics of “Three Minutes to Earth” were written by Eugen Eliu, a Romanian folk musician who emigrated to West Germany in the seventies. While he was there he met and befriended the members of The Shin, a Georgian band that formed in Germany as well. Together with singer Mariko Ebralidze, the band was chosen to represent Georgia at Eurovision this year, and they called their Romanian friend to pen the lyrics.

The folk, jazz, and rock sound of the band transpired into the song “Three Minutes to Earth”, which is reminiscent of the olden days when, as our parents say, “music was made with real instruments and great voices”. The lyrics, too, seem to hail from that time. The “stairway to Earth” is clearly a nod to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”, except now it’s pointed downwards. The “peace and light everywhere” line reminds us of the peaceful flower power movement. “Pick up all the rainbow buds from the sky” is another little poetic gem that seems the result of a magic mushroom-infused brainstorm. And, if you are wondering what the last line of the song (“We are going shin”) means, wonder no more: “Shin” is the Georgian word for “home” (in this case, the Earth) – and, of course, the name of the band. You’re welcome.

The song’s message, then, seems rather simple: No matter how distant or how removed we are, we ultimately all just want to go home.

Are the lyrics, once you understand them, making you like this off-the-wall song a bit more?

The Shin & Mariko – “Three Minutes To Earth” lyrics

Shin… Shin…

Home, home, through the star trail of a lonely star,
home to the Earth where we belong, belong to…
Dazzling light of mankind’s emotion:
Show us the stairway to come back to Earth – sky diver’s space jump!
Lead those three minutes longin’ for love,
Peace and light everywhere…
Pick up all the rainbow buds from the sky,
All the tries, all the whys,
Three minutes to Earth for you and for me.

Show us the stairway to come back to Earth – sky diver’s space jump!
Lead those three minutes longin’ for love,
Peace and light everywhere…
Show us the stairway to come back to Earth – sky diver’s space jump!
Dress up the stairway to Earth with no sigh – rock the boat of ragged despair!
Pick up all the rainbow buds from the sky,
hear the chime – now’s the time:
Three minutes time to Earth for you and me
take our breath away as we fly…

Anytime, anywhere, we are going SHIN.

Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. You can follow him on Twitter @stingovision. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)