When you’re living in the Eurovision bubble, it can be hard to tell how a more casual Eurovision viewer might react to a song. Thankfully our very own Suzanne lives across the ocean and only has time to dip into Eurovision now and again. That made her a perfect guinea pig to watch and react to Mahmood’s “Soldi” — perhaps the most talked-about track so far this season.
Suzanne, who has a thing for Italian men, was instantly drawn in by “adorable” Mahmood. And his gripping, get-under-your-skin beat kept her there. While she doesn’t speak Italian, she notices a sadness underscoring the song and can be seen trying to figure it all out. It takes her a while to realise what soldi means, so you’ll have to bear with her.
As wiwiblogger Cristian explained in an earlier post, the “Soldi” lyrics do indeed deal with a difficult subject.
His father — who today has four marriages behind him, and children scattered around the world — disappeared when Mahmood was 6 years old (“You leave the city without anybody knowing, yesterday you were here, where are you now, dad?“). Yet he gave him precise references during his childhood, which Mahmood has turned into lyrics and music today.
Ramadan, shisha, and that verse in Arabic — “Waladi waladi habibi ta’aleena (my son, my son, darling, come over here)” — these are a first in Sanremo and the first for Italy at the Eurovision.
“I do not speak Arabic, but there are sentences that I remember, which are part of my childhood,” he tells FanPage. “It’s a perfect memory. Singing those sentences reminds me of a specific scene, at a certain moment of my life”.
A troubled life that becomes an example in which many can identify, analyzed in a rough and lucid way, with a touch of emotion involving despair (“It hurts to be alive, when you lose your pride“).
“My song is a personal outburst to make people understand that, after having been children, a critical sense develops in us towards parents, life, the way we see things. ‘Soldi’ tells a story “.
Anyway, what was your first reaction to “Soldi”? Do your non-Eurovision friends enjoy it as much as Suzanne? Let us know in the comments box below!