Blas Cantó will represent Spain at Eurovision 2020 with his song “Universo”, which the national broadcaster selected internally from among 50 songs. Blas composed “Universo” himself along with Dan Hammond, Dangelo Ortega, Maciej Mikolaj Trybulec and Ashley Hicklin.

Scroll down for the “Universo” lyrics.

Spain in Eurovision 2020: Blas Cantó with “Universo”

Blas Cantó is one of Spain’s most popular pop singers, and has been releasing music for almost a decade — first as part of the band Auryn, which tried to represent Spain at Eurovision in 2011, and then as a solo performer.

His music career began as a kid, when he entered Spain’s Eurojunior 2004, at the age of 13 years old. He came second behind María Isabel, who went on to win all of Junior Eurovision. Sixteen years later, Blas’ opportunity to shine at Eurovision has finally arrived.

He has released several singles both in English and Spanish. “Él no soy yo” racked up 67 million views on Youtube, while “No volveré”, “In your bed” and “Si te vas” have over two million views each.

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What do the “Universo” lyrics mean?

Blas’ lyrics reveal the inner battles that he — and so many of his listeners — face as they try to lead authentic lives. “Universo” speaks about how the singer erases who he is and acts like somebody else out of a deep-seated fear. It’s not lost on him. The reckoning comes when he’s alone and the noise of the world fades. “All that I hide when I’m scared comes to reality inside this silence,” he sings.

In the chorus he asks the universe to show him mercy for hiding a part of himself: “Forgive me, universe, for silencing my voice so as to not feel guilty for who I am.”

The lyrics of “Universo” are very open to interpretation. What secret is Blas hiding? What parts of himself is he worried about sharing with the world? Could he be afraid to show his vulnerabilities to the person he loves most?

“Universo” lyrics — Blas Cantó (Spain ESC 2020)

Written and composed by: Blas Cantó, Dan Hammond, Dangelo Ortega, Maciej Mikolaj Trybulec and Ashley Hicklin.

Among the “Universo” songwriters there’s Maciej Mikolaj Trybulec, who was behind Czech Republic’s “Friend of a friend”, which ended 11th in Tel Aviv.

Spanish Text

Perdóname, perdóname
Uni, universo
Perdóname, perdóname

Todo lo que escondo cuando tengo miedo
Se hace realidad dentro de este silencio

Uhh uhh uhh
Puedo ser como el viento
Uhh uhh uhh
Y desaparecer

Perdóname, perdóname
Uni, universo
Perdóname, perdóname
Uni, universo
Por apagar mi voz
Para evitar ser el culpable
De lo que soy
Perdóname
Uni, universo

Tuve que escucharme cuando había tiempo, y no entiendo
Cómo me he perdido en un solo momento
Uhh uhh uhh
Dime dónde irán los sueños que me quedan
Uhh uhh uhh
Si no queda más espacio en mi cabeza

Perdóname, perdóname
Uni, universo
Perdóname, perdóname
Uni, universo
Por apagar mi voz
Para evitar ser el culpable
De lo que soy

Perdóname, uni, universo
Ohh ohh, Ohh ohh
Uni, universo
Ohh ohh, Ohh ohh
Uni, universo
Uhh uhh uhh

Puedo ser como el viento
Uhh uhh uhh
Y desaparecer
Uhh uhh uhh
Puedo salir corriendo
Uhh uhh uhh
Y desaparecer

Perdóname, perdóname
Uni, universo
Perdóname, perdóname
Uni, universo
Por apagar mi voz
Para evitar ser el culpable
De lo que soy

Perdóname, uni, universo
Ohh ohh Ohh ohh
Uni, universo
Ohh ohh Ohh ohh
Uni, universo

English translation

Forgive me, forgive me
Uni, universe
Forgive me, forgive me

All that I hide when I’m scared
comes to reality inside this silence

Ooh, ooh, ooh,
I can be like the wind
Ooh, ooh, ooh
and disappear

Forgive me, forgive me
Uni, universe
Forgive me, forgive me
Uni, universe
For silencing my voice
to avoid being guilty
for what I am
Forgive me
Uni, universe

I had to listen to myself when there was time, and I don’t understand
How did I get lost in just one moment
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Tell me where my future dreams will go
Ooh, ooh, ooh
If there’s no more space left inside my head

Forgive me, forgive me
Uni, universe
Forgive me, forgive me
Uni, universe
For silencing my voice
to avoid being guilty
for what I am

Forgive me, uni, universe
Ohh ohh Ohh ohh
Uni, universe
Ohh ohh Ohh ohh
Uni, universe
Ooh, ooh, ooh

I can be like the wind
Ooh, ooh, ooh
and disappear
Ooh, ooh, ooh
I can run away
Ooh, ooh, ooh
and disappear

Forgive me, forgive me
Uni, universe
Forgive me, forgive me
Uni, universe
For silencing my voice
to avoid being guilty
for what I am

Forgive me, uni, universe
Ohh ohh, Ohh ohh
Uni, universe
Ohh ohh, Ohh ohh
Uni, universe

What do you think of Spain’s entry? Let us know in the comments below. And click here to read more Eurovision 2020 lyrics.

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Eric Meade
Eric Meade
5 months ago

I believe he is singing about being LGBT

Susann
Susann
8 months ago

My favourite song so far this year, love it !!!

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
8 months ago

With decent staging, and if Blas can perform this live on the night this can actually be a good year for Spain, I just hope that the Spanish broadcaster doesn’t fail him with staging like what Miki fell victim to last year,

Frank Arthur
Frank Arthur
8 months ago

I just love everything from the spanish entry this year,really promising,with a good stage can be the big surprise in Rotterdam this year.very inteligent to put out the video now,because is that type of songs that when more listen more love it,amazing.

Vanuatu
Vanuatu
8 months ago

All that music you list came from latin america. Colombia, México, even USA… Spain consume that music of course, like the whole world does, but is not “spanish music”, even thought they have spanish lyrics… The same way you could differenciate between swedish pop, british pop and US pops, as example, you should also understand the difference between spanish music and latin american music.

An American Eurovision Fan
An American Eurovision Fan
8 months ago

I love the song even more

Fan From Texas
Fan From Texas
8 months ago

His would be a filler song on an album. You need the lead single to have a chance to make an impact at ESC. Unless the staging is terrific than this song has no chance but to be near the bottom of the scoreboard.

Vanuatu
Vanuatu
8 months ago
Reply to  Fan From Texas

it actually would be the launch single of his new album, thought.

Richard
Richard
8 months ago

I like the shiny dancers in the video, the song is in offensive and generic and its fate will rest on his tonsils and stage presence.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
8 months ago

I get it. He wishes he had a deep song.

Sabrina
Sabrina
8 months ago

The thing about Alfred is that everytime he sang it, it was different. Knowning his anxiety problems during OT, I guess it was the matter of he being comfortable or not with the situation. Amaia’s consistency made it much more noticeable to me.

Sabrina
Sabrina
8 months ago

The lyrics are OK, but the song would benefit from having more verses between the chorus, giving us a better idea of why he’s asking the universe for forgiveness. It would also make the chorus sound less repetitive.

Mr X
Mr X
8 months ago

A mi me gusta bastante y Blas sabe actuar en directo excelente.

Chinese bat soup
Chinese bat soup
8 months ago

this song is so bland
bottom 3 in the final

Karworld
Karworld
8 months ago

He is a great performer and has an amazing voice live. The song is repetitive, but is definitively a fast grower too! Three times and goes from boring to loving it.

Whisker
Whisker
8 months ago

I can’t decide about the lyrics, ramble or rant.

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
8 months ago

It’s a bit confusing because this is probably the best that TVE has delivered in many, many years song and production wise. And yet it has been given the coldest reception I can remember 2017 excluded, both abroad and inside Spain. Hope there’s room for positive surprises.

Paulina
Paulina
8 months ago

It will have good staging .
The song is not bad at all.
But i have a little problem with the parts when he sings with the high notes.

Jack
Jack
8 months ago

Come on, we all know that between 25 other songs few will remember a Spanish boy singing uni universo uni universo. A revamp can save this

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
8 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Yes. Exactly that! The song just plods along without much happening.

kween
kween
8 months ago

This is going to be big. I can feel with the great staging and a stellar performance this could be their best result since 2010. It’s modern catchy.

Dawid
Dawid
8 months ago

So yeah maybe its gay stuff but honestly I didn’t have that impression until I read comments here. Maybe people assume a lot of thighs. Whenever any guy shows up people discuss whether he’s gay or not. But yeah other than that song doesn’t seems to make much sense. I mean even if he is, what does he apologise universe for? Do you think that “universe” gives a damn xd yeah that sounds monumental (?) tyat I can’t take it seriously, good thing that I don’t know spanish so i won’t hear it this way

Vanuatu
Vanuatu
8 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

is a way of speak , dude. Is like: forgive me, God. forgive me for being so weak and not loving myself. And it actually is an apology to himself. is like “man, if i would act honest with myself i would be happier”. “If i didnt hide because of fear i would have enjoy better my life, and when i return to my home and i am alone i would not feel this sadness”. Is like , in the process of lying others in rother to hide what you are or what you like, you end lying to yourself.… Read more »

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
8 months ago

I really like this entry. So much better than 2017-2019 for me <3 I would forgive you everything, Blas 😀

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
8 months ago

I’m staying positive for this one
It’s catchy, so it can easily become a grower and it’s not a bad song
A good staging and they might not end up in the bottom as people say

Miki
Miki
8 months ago

I’m not sure that hi’s hiding he’s straight, want to marry and have kids…

Dawid
Dawid
8 months ago
Reply to  Miki

I mean some gay people are married and adopted kids

Miki
Miki
8 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

It’s a joke! Jesus, relax…

Dawid
Dawid
8 months ago
Reply to  Miki

Sorry, I missed punchline xd

Una
Una
8 months ago

“Perdóname” appears 19 times in the text. 19 times. Cannot beat the “la la la” but what to do. Those were the times.
Reading the lyrics after hearing it yesterday way too dark. Ambiguous. Simplistic.

cara
cara
8 months ago
Reply to  Una

Ester Peony said Hey 38 times I guess.
I don’t know why people love to hate Universo.

Una
Una
8 months ago
Reply to  cara

Enough “hey’s” to support a good story. On A Sunday had very good lyrics, solid and logical storyline that the listener could follow clearly from the beginning to the middle to the end. Moreover, lyrics written by a virtually unknown non-native English language lyricist. Notheavy-hitters known names. A remarkable effort for both music and lyrics.

Eric
Eric
8 months ago

Boring and bland. Sounds like Spains entries that placed 20th and lower in the past

Tom
Tom
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric

I cant see this song on the better place like 22 (ESDM, Soraya, Manel and Lucia had worst songs actually)

kween
kween
8 months ago
Reply to  Tom

It’s normal that you can’t see cuz we only have one and half song knowing already that Albania is going to finish low

Polliu
Polliu
8 months ago

Don’t care about the lyrics. I just hoped it doesn’t sound like a formula song but sadly it does.

NILBUD
NILBUD
8 months ago

The visuals in the music video are stunning, so I can imagine the staging will be just as eye pleasing too! Shame about the song being so bland though, WHERES THE FLAVOR?

Loin dici
8 months ago

Blas: Hey universe I’m gay but I won’t tell you straight away

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
8 months ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Great concept if true, but sadly it doesn’t change the content of the music.

uwu vision
uwu vision
8 months ago
Reply to  Loin dici

The universe hasn’t unlocked his backstory yet.