Iceland: Greta Salóme releases “Hear Them Calling” with English lyrics

Greta Salóme is a hot favourite to win Iceland’s national final Söngvakeppnin 2016 tomorrow. Like most of the finalists, her song will be performed at the final with English lyrics, and Greta has just released the English version of her song, “Hear Them Calling”.

The original Icelandic version of the song, “Raddirnar” (The Voices) was the top pick of the Wiwi Jury, earning a high score of 8.17/10, with one jury member noting that “this song taps into something primal and universal — yet swells with modern instrumentation and production”.

It was also a favourite with Söngvakeppnin viewers, who voted it into the final, after Greta delivered an impressive performance at the first semi-final. She brought the song to life with back-projected images, which she interacted with using precise choreography.

The Söngvakeppnin rules state that while all songs in the semi-finals must be performed in Icelandic, the version performed at the final should be in the language intended for the Eurovision performance. This means that Greta and four of the other five finalists will be singing in English at the final.

Greta, who has written both the music and lyrics herself, has captured the epic, Nordic feel of the song. She sings, “I hear them calling me, I hear them whispering/They’re singing, ‘Now we are coming home'”.

The English language version has impressed fans, with some even wondering if the volcanic island nation will finally win Eurovision, 30 years after its first entry. Reykjavik 2017, anyone?

Greta Salóme – “Hear Them Calling”

https://youtu.be/Mp6gYJE3oLE

Greta Salóme “Hear Them Calling” lyrics

Can you hear them calling?
Oh, they’re calling out tonight
Now the skies are burning
Oh, they burn so bright

We shiver as we step into the cold, cold night
Then we’re running, we are running now

I hear them calling me, I hear them whispering
They’re singing, “Now we are coming home”
I hear them calling me, I hear them howling
Singing, “Now we are coming home”
Oh, oh…

See the shadows dancing
Oh, they dance for us tonight
And as I’m tossing and I’m turning
Oh, they come alive

We shiver as we step into the cold, cold night
Then we’re running, we are running now

I hear them calling me, I hear them whispering
They’re singing, “Now we are coming home”
I hear them calling me, I hear them howling
Singing, “Now we are coming home”
Oh, oh…

Can you hear them? I hear them calling me, oh…
Can you hear them? I hear them calling me, oh…

I hear them calling me, I hear them whispering
I hear them calling me, “We’re coming home”
I hear them calling me, I hear them whispering
I hear them calling me, “Now we’re coming home”

I hear them calling me, I hear them whispering

I hear them calling me, I hear them whispering
They’re singing, “Now we are coming home”
(I hear them calling me, I hear them howling)
Singing, “Now we are coming home”

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Image: Greta Salóme