Six months after the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest came to a close, Greece’s Yianna Terzi is proving that nothing — not even a semi-final elimination — can slow her down. The Greek goddess returns with a long-awaited new single “Karma”. While she may have been revelling in her most beautiful dreams back in Lisbon, Yianna has opted to focus her lens on a more serious issue this time around — bullying.

Working alongside Teo Pousbouris, who made up half of Freaky Fortune, as well as record label Minos EMI/Universal, Yianna has put forward a powerful and important message about stopping the hate and learning to accept those around us.

Bullying, a scourge of modern society facilitated by social media, represents various forms of intimidation and abuse whether it be physical, psychological or verbal.  Taking to Instagram, Yianna explained that karma is not some magical force that punishes us or rewards us. Instead it is the result of our actions. The inspiration of her song is the behaviour of those who do not realise that what counts are the intentions behind one’s actions. She aims to clamp down on the issue and highlight that, in the end, karma shall have her say and justice will prevail.

 

The music video to “Karma” portrays this message. Set in the dead of night, Yianna takes us through the struggle and strife many of us have to go through when dealing with bullying in our everyday life. Fear, isolation and abuse are all personified in the music video through Yianna and her dancers allowing one to connect to the issue on a much deeper level.

Musically speaking, the song bears a lot of similarities to her ethnic and traditional Eurovision number. The song begins with haunting cries, which are juxtaposed with soft and gentle verses akin to the format of “Oniro Mou”. The song gradually builds towards the pre-chorus as more and more elements are added into the mix. It feels as though one is being taken through the plethora of emotions and feelings encountered when our world gets turned upside down. The tension continues to rise and culminates with Yianna proclaiming: “When your time is up, there is no escape from karma”.

Not only is Yianna preaching a message of empowerment and strength but she does it through the medium of song, harmony and the mystery of traditional instrumentation. Take a listen to Yianna’s song and be sure to read through the lyrics below.

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Karma lyrics — Yianna Terzi

Original lyrics

Κρίμα δε μπορείς να δεις
Τα σημάδια
Η ψυχή σου είναι κενή
Τα μάτια άδεια

Πώς να σου το εξηγήσω
Ότι δίνεις θα ‘ρθει πίσω
Φίλος σου δε θα ‘ναι ο χρόνος που περνά
Πώς να σου το εξηγήσω
Ότι δίνεις θα ‘ρθει πίσω
Όλα γύρω σου θα σβήσουν ξαφνικά

Κρύβεις την πληγή..
Mα φαίνεται το τραύμα

Στη ζωή αυτή…
ΟΛΑ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΚΑΡΜΑ

Κρέμεσαι από μια κλωστή
Και θα σπάσει
Η αλήθεια δεν αργεί
Τρέξε πριν σε φτάσει

Πώς να σου το εξηγήσω
Ότι δίνεις θα ‘ρθει πίσω
Όλα γύρω σου θα σβήσουν ξαφνικά

Κρύβεις την πληγή..
Mα φαίνεται το τραύμα

Στη ζωή αυτή…
ΟΛΑ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΚΑΡΜΑ

English Version

I don’t understand this bond
What’s behind it
Everything just seems so wrong
But I won’t fight it

Every smile I’m putting on me makes you think you can control me
But I know that fate will let you be that blind
Every smile I’m putting on me makes you think you can control me
But if I were you I’d rather think twice

Run.. run..
when your time is up
Can’t get away from drama
Run.. run
When your time is up
there’s no escape from KARMA

I dont fit into your world
Lies wont charm me
We just speak in different tongues
Spells wont bind me

Every smile I’m putting on me makes you think you can control me
But if I were you I’d rather think twice

Run.. run..
when your time is up
Cant get away from drama
Run.. run
When your time is up
there’s no escape from Karma

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Ern
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Ern

Sounds simplistic, but the best way to deal with a bully is just to ignore them.

GUEST
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GUEST
Polegend Godgarina
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Aww, she’s so nice dedicating a song to the Greek Eurovision fans who would bully anyone who would tell them she was not going to qualify… karma hit them hard!

Gio
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Gio

You people are just jealous of our good results in Eurovision. Go have a look at your own countries who can’t make it to the final for years.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

I don’t agree with the form of the message but somebody had to say it. Many Greek eurofans started thrashing the contest and claiming Europe somehow “hates” Greece, which is bs considering Greece was one of Eurovision’s powerhouses until as recently as 2013.

Regina Phalange
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Regina Phalange

Polegend gurl, you just made like 1 correct prediction, you don’t have to brag about it for years.

Ern
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Ern

Take a look in the mirror next time you’re complaining about Greek fans bullying.

VlaD
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VlaD

this is the same song like her eurovision entry with different lyrics

Kingi
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Kingi

Amazing song, with a deep message <3

Rick
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definitely would have qualified with this

Panos
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Panos

But the translation is totally wrong ?

Boop
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Boop

It isn’t a translation but it’s the English version of the song

Apple
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Apple

How is this song so good??

Adam
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Adam

Great! Reminiscent of her Eurovision entry – a combination of traditional, ethnic instrumentation with a modern flair – and a very relevant message! Look forward to future works from Yianna.