After rebooting their national final — Festival da Canção — and managing to get a victory at Eurovision, Portugal’s broadcaster RTP kept the same strategy for 2018. Once again they called on well-known composers to write magical songs and to pair them with an artist of their own choosing. In March, Guimarães played host to the Grand Final of Festival da Canção 2018 and Cláudia Pascoal came out on top with her song “O Jardim” (The Garden).
As in 2017, Lisbon is saying “no thank you” to fast-food music and diving into something more nourishing. The host nation of Eurovision 2018 has chosen a quality entry with deep, meaningful lyrics. Composer Isaura lets her electronic inspirations take centre stage, with Cláudia’s smooth and ethereal vocals engaging you from the very first second. There’s strength in simplicity and power in the pared back.
The “O Jardim” lyrics tells a story of family longing. Isaura took inspiration from her grandmother’s passing and the relationship they shared. Isaura’s grandmother loved her garden and it becomes a metaphor for so much more — life, memories and the passing of time.
As Claudia says: “All the flowers, they’re my place, Now that you’re gone, I’ll take care of your garden.”
You can read the touching lyrics — in Portuguese, English, Italian, Spanish, French and German— below.