Armenia are looking to return to the Eurovision grand final for the first time since 2017. They’ve called in Srbuk to try to get them there. As her official music video for “Walking Out” makes clear, the X-Factor Armenia runner-up will be stomping out in style. That video is filled with attitude and flair — useful attributes in a song about empowerment. Garik Papoyan, who was behind their 2014 entry “Not Alone”, matches that tone and style in the “Walking Out” lyrics. This is a story about a woman choosing to stand on her own two feet.

What are the “Walking Out” lyrics about?

“Walking Out” tells the story of a woman walking out on a relationship that has turned sour. Srbuk’s lover has made false promises that left her feeling shackled. As she sings: “First you said you would die for me, but in the end I was the one bleeding all alone”. The music video complements this perfectly as Srbuk is pushed around by a group of men. They disrespect the queen — but she learns to push back and preserve her sense of self.

That she is now her own anchor comes through in a simple musical declaration: “I’m done”. This leads to the chorus where she delivers two fierce lines. First the warning: “Whatever I’ve built I’m gonna burn down”. And then the final nail in the coffin of this relationship: “You’re no more a king ’cause I was your crown”.

By understanding her self-worth she’s able to finally ditch her man. She’s setting her toxic relationship on fire and rising from the ashes. There will be “no begging” because “at last I feel proud, I’m walking out.”

The song may not explicitly channel female empowerment but Srbuk demonstrates how a strong woman can defend herself and inspire others to do the same.

“Walking Out” lyrics — Srbuk

Who are you?
What you really do?
When you have to fight the agony that’s aiming back at you?
Who are you?
Who you run to?
Depend, defend, hope on
Can you function on your own?

Are you from those who will swallow down
The pain, disgrace, the sadness? Yeah
When the one you love so much
Can take your soul and break it, no

Wait for, oh, wait for
What I waited for?
Wait for, oh, wait for
Oh, no, I’m done

[Chorus]
Walking out, ooh-ooh
Whatever I’ve built I’m gonna burn down
I’m walking out, ooh-ooh
You’re no more a king ’cause I was your crown

First you said you would die for me
But in the end I was the one bleeding all alone
First you said, you kneeled, you swore
You loved, you lived for me
How could you forget it all?

Are you from those who can take a loving heart
And squeeze it out of love?
Then prepare to slowly get
Not loved but hated instead

[Chorus]
Walking out, ooh-ooh
Whatever I’ve built I’m gonna burn down
I’m walking out, ooh-ooh
You’re no more a king ’cause I was your crown
Walking out, walking out (Walking out, walking out)
No crying now
Walking out, walking out (Walking out, walking out)
No begging
Walking out, ooh-ooh
At last, I feel proud
I’m walking out

[Bridge]
You knew that my heart wasn’t small
But somehow you came and filled it all

[Chorus]
(Walking out, ooh-ooh)
(Whatever I’ve built I’m gonna burn down) Yeah
(I’m walking out, ooh-ooh) Yeah
(You’re no more a king ’cause I was your crown)
(Walking out, walking out) Walking out, walking out
Crying now
(Walking out, walking out) Walking out, walking out
Begging, yeah
(Walking out, ooh-ooh)
(At last, I feel proud)
I’m walking out

What do you think of the “Walking Out” lyrics? Are you getting behind the message of empowerment? Let us know in the comments below.

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somehow you came and tweeted it AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLL

Jak
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Those lyrics ‘ you are no more a king cause i was your crown’ are disturbing to me, though i am a male. I mean come on! women are not like a property of men’s. As a woman how is Srbuk not ashamed of singing those lyrics? It is like commodifying women as like when a man ‘possess’ her then the man is the ‘king’ Women are women, men are men. A man or woman can’t ‘have’/’possess’ each other. It is not like adopting a pet. A woman is not an ‘object’ which if man ‘has’ it wouldn’t make this… Read more »

Gino
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Gino

I think its less literal, its like she was the only good thing in his life which he lost.

Mika
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Mika

The song is fantastic !

Logical Person
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Logical Person

Well she’s not so proud if she has to buy views for her songs <3

Sebastian
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Sebastian

The Armenian delegation asked the team at the song contest to investigate the sudden jump. Srbuk and her team were watching the growth of the views when it reached 1 million, it them suddenly jumped to 2.5 million. Why would they want an investigation if they bought views? If anything, this shows the integrity of the Armenian delegation, they want the views to be genuine.

Veta
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Veta

I wonder do you shame Malta as well? Cause these two songs gained all their views the same way (appearing as YouTube ads).

Mika
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Mika

fu, idiot!!!!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It’s curious that we’ll have 3 songs using the symbology of a crown. Bilal claims it as a sign of pride and self-acceptance, Nevena offers it to her loved one as a sign of her devotion and Srbuk takes it back from her former lover and makes it clear that she was the one making them special. “Walking Out” has an edge on its sassy approach, even if the lyrics are pretty straight-forward for a “I’m moving on and leaving you behind” song. I like how the bridge shows traces of vulnerability before she gets back to her resentment statement.

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Colin

I agree, Sabrina, three “crowns” this year is a special treat. Walking Out is still one of the songs I don’t know what to think of. She has the attitude and the song has the energy. The lyrics are, as Antranig and Loin dici noticed, really fast and numerous, which makes it a bit harder to follow. The song construction is also quite fast, except in the pre-chorus and bridge, which are the most refined parts, especially with ethical instruments.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Since it was an internal selection and Armenia is usually very professional with staging, I assume the pacy nature of the song is part of the plan. But I would say it’s not an easy song to “absorb” in a first listen. Which can actually become a differential in a semi with many slow and midtempo songs.

Ron
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Ron

I think the song is fantastic and suits her voice so well. Lyrically, this is definitely Armenia’s best entry to Eurovision. If Srbuk can deliver on eurovision night, this might give Armenia its third top 5 finish.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

No news about what happened sunday with the Youtube views ?

Veta
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Veta

Those songs that are gaining their views fast appear as YouTube ads everytime.

Henry
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Henry

This is a very good song and i’m sure Armenia will do well.

Darren
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Darren

Armenia always just enter songs that look good on stage. I can’t see them ever winning however until they actually master what a good song entails.
They will continue to qualify and do well though, but I’d like to see them take a different route for a change.

Loin dici
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I’m still bugged with ‘Walking Out’–not because of the lyrics, but her pronunciation which is in the same level as Melovin. Anyways, I’m mostly sure Armenia will slay at staging and charisma, so there’re less things to worry about.