“If Love Was a Crime” — Poli Genova releases Eurovision 2016 lyrics

If love was a crime, then she’d be a criminal.

Or so Bulgaria’s Poli Genova says in the lyrics of her Eurovision 2016 song “If Love Was a Crime.”

The 29-year-old starlet released the lyrics to her track today, revealing a pop love song filled with clever word play.

All of the verses are in English except for a portion of the chorus in which she sings “Day mi lyubovta” — or, “Give me the love”.

The song encourages people to love who they love, even when others say it’s wrong. Love, she suggests, will give you the strength to push past the shade.

Given the ongoing criminalisation of homosexuality in many parts of the world, this could read as a pro-LGBT anthem. “If love was a crime, then we would be criminals, locked up for life, but I’ll do the time…day mi lyubovta…they will never break us down.”

Thankfully the lyrics do not bang the diversity drum too loudly, allowing the song to apply to a number of situations beyond same-sex-relationships and to appeal to a broader audience. The nasty mother-in-law, disapproving friends, busybody neighbours who don’t like your man — Poli argues they can’t bring you down either.

“If Love Was a Crime” lyrics — Poli Genova

You and I we collide
Like the stars on the summer night
We can shine forever

And you and I we’re alive
What we feel is what is right
We can run like never

If love was a crime, then we would be criminals
Locked up for life
But I’ll do the time

If love was a crime
Then we would work miracles
High above the ground

Day mi lyubovta (Give me the love) 3x
They will never break us down
Day mi lyubovta (Give me the love) 3x
They will never break us down

Never mind
Wrong or right
Our love ain’t got no pride
So we change for better

Unafraid
Never fade
When it’s dark we illuminate
Can we rise together

If love was a crime, then we would be criminals
Locked up for life
But I’ll do the time

If love was a crime
Then we would work miracles
High above the ground

Day mi lyubovta (Give me the love) 3x
They will never break us down
Day mi lyubovta (Give me the love) 3x
They will never break us down
Together we’re untouchable

You and me against the world
Together we’re invincible
Together we’re untouchable
You and me against the world
Together we’re invincible
They will never break us down

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