Just days before Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, Slovenia‘s act Ana Soklič revealed that her Eurovision song was in the process of being revamped. Now the new version of “Voda” has finally been released. And while the song sadly won’t make it to Eurovision, fans can get a taste of what she might have brought to the Eurovision stage.

It’s not a radically different revamp. Rather, the sound of the original recording has been re-recorded with the Budapest Art Orchestra. They’ve given the orchestral sounds of the song more strength, helping to intensify Ana’s vocals.

The orchestra is best known in Eurovision circles for their work in Conchita Wurst’s 2014 winning song “Rise Like a Phoenix”. The “Voda” performance was conducted by the internationally acclaimed Hungarian maestro Peter Pejtsik.

The new version still includes the electronic sounds of the EMA version, including the sound effect of a water droplet.

Ana Soklič – “Voda” lyrics (English translation)

The revamped version also comes with a lyric video, including the official English translation of the lyrics.

Ana is singing about enduring troubles times, noting that “the night will be long”. The song is about seeking shelter from a storm, “The water gushes… but cannot reach us inside.”

“Voda” lyrics”

Greva naprej, v novi čas,
zbeživa od tu, daleč stran.
Ne ustavljajva se prav nikjer,
dolga bo noč

.Ti slišiš, ko mi bije razum,
ti kot nomad dobro veš,
da od besed do dejanj,
najdaljša je pot.

Voda!
Med nevihto obležim v tebi do konca …
Voda drvi …
A ne zmore v naju dva.

Peljiva naprej, v drugo smer,
dalj od luči, prepričanj.
Tam je strgan stol, ki stoji …
In čaka nekoga,
čaka otroka.

Voda!
Med nevihto obležim v tebi do konca …
Voda …
A ne zmore v naju dva.

Se poraja in odzvanja,
korenina, moj nemir brez konca.

Voda drvi …
A ne zmore v naju dva,
Ne, ne zmore v naju dva.

English translation

Let’s move on, into a new time,
Let’s run away, far from here.
Let’s not stop anywhere,
The night will be long.

You can hear my reason pounding.
As a wanderer you know,
The longest way is the one
That leads from words to deeds.

Water!
During the storm, I lie in you till the end.
The water gushes …
But cannot reach us inside.

Let’s drive on, the other way,
Beyond light, belief.
A torn-up chair stands there,
Awaiting someone,
Awaiting a child.

Water!
During the storm, I lie in you till the end.
The water gushes …
But cannot reach us inside.

It rises and it rings,
The root, my unease without end.

The water gushes …
But cannot reach us inside,
No, it cannot reach us inside.

What do you think of the revamped version of “Voda”? How would this have done at Eurovision? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Lily
Lily
7 months ago

It would still be a non-qualifier and her voice, especially in chorus, is so annoying to me, sorry.

Domino
Domino
7 months ago

(I don’t care if the contest is cancelled we can still do rankings) This has knocked Sweden out of my top 10! This is my top 10 if you’re wondering (which you’re probably not)
10. Slovenia ??
9. Azerbaijan ??
8. Latvia ??
7. Albania ??
6. Armenia ??
5. Greece ??
4. Denmark ??
3. Ukraine ??
2. Romania ??
1. Bulgaria ??

My bottom 5 too…
37. Finland ??
38. Moldova ??
39. Germany ??
40. Czechia ??
41. Russia ??

Domino
Domino
7 months ago
Reply to  Domino

Oh wait… I didn’t know we couldn’t use emojis…

Markus
Markus
7 months ago

I really think Slovenia was underrated this year. Ok, it’s definitely not a winner song, but much better than some trash songs, that were hyped. And I’m not talking of Russia, Iceland or Lithuania.

Erik
Erik
7 months ago

Love that we get the lyrics in this video. This song is really a grower! And this version was an improvement

Héctor
Héctor
7 months ago

I listened to it two days ago and it really grew a lot on me. From 33rd to 17th. From non-qualifier to qualifier. Great work. Sounds epic, emotional and ethereal. I didn’t care when it won EMA but I really wish I could have seen it on the Eurovsion stage.

Robert
Robert
7 months ago

The Vooooooooooodaaaa is so impressive, quite like the song.. Beginning gives me Faith Hill vibes with that Pearl Harbour song.. Bottom of the betting odds but in my top entries this year, bet this would’ve done great..

yodenman
yodenman
7 months ago

Sorry but am I missing something here. Why on earth are they revamping a song that the vast majority of the world won’t even hear. Or do Slovenia know something we don’t.

Ziv
Ziv
7 months ago
Reply to  yodenman

Yes, you did miss something. The revamp had happened way before the cancellation. Now it is released.

WeGonnaPraPaPaTonight
WeGonnaPraPaPaTonight
7 months ago
Reply to  yodenman

I mean it is literally in the first sentence of this post.

Fionn
Fionn
7 months ago

It’s so amazing what an excellent glow up

Moonstar
Moonstar
7 months ago

Excellent job with this beautiful new version! 🙂

Irishfan
Irishfan
7 months ago

Such a beautiful voice. Stunning

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
7 months ago

This song is very beautiful, one of my favorites this year.

Alfonso Moreno Domínguez
Alfonso Moreno Domínguez
7 months ago

It would have had chances

lol
lol
7 months ago

non qualifier

gamarjoba
gamarjoba
7 months ago

I actually liked the simplicity of the original version better (the only problem was that super looooong first verse). This revamp sounds a bit too bombastic and Hans Zimmer-ish for my taste. Ana’s voice is so powerful that she doesn’t really need a whole orchestra on the backing track. I just noticed that this track was composed by the same dude who was also responsible for Omar’s 2017 song. I’m not surprised – both songs sound dated and kind of cheesy and no revamp can really save that. Slovenia should go back to such modern songs like their 2018 and… Read more »

dxi
dxi
7 months ago
Reply to  gamarjoba

I still sing ‘On My Way’ together with my mom. It’s terrible, it’s dated, but I love it to death. Poor Omar tried so hard :’)

James
James
7 months ago
Reply to  gamarjoba

It also was behind “Rise Like a Phoenix”.

Kosey
Kosey
7 months ago

That is a killer chorus! The extra strings had more power to it. Very nice.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
7 months ago

That’s just the kind of polish this nice song needed. A wonderful cover, too. The quality of this year’s EMA was really low and Ana was such a happy winner, so I say select her internally for 2021. Now! She’s got everything it takes, just hire one of the big shots to write her a Balkan ballad and she could be a serious contender next year. I actually think given the dire NF this is one of the biggest no-brainers. Ana should stay! The broadcaster doesn’t want people to choose anyway and the televote between the two finalists was incredibly… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
7 months ago

Everything about this.
Could you imagine her voice with a really, really well-written Balkan ballad? I would be all for that.

noone
noone
7 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Oh for fu*k’s sake: now for the millionth tine: Slovenia is NOT Balkan, so the Balkan folklore and ballads are NOT part of the culture so you really can’t expect something like that. Slovenian folklore is Polka and Yoddeling. Watch Slovenia 2010 entry Narodnozabavni rock, that’s ethnic Slovene. Spot the difference.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
7 months ago
Reply to  noone

So what, she can’t sing a ballad composed by a Serbian? Eva Boto did that, you know? And a certain Croatian composed many Eurovision songs for Slovenia. Interesting I can’t expect something like that when Slovenia already sent something like that. No need to lecture me, I know Slovenia’s folklore. I kinda don’t see Ana doing well with that, you touchy yodeler. Besides, I never said Balkan folklore. Are the Balkan ballads at Eurovision folklore? No, they just use ethnic elements to make the song more special. Spot the difference.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
7 months ago
Reply to  noone

I didn’t say it was.
My comment was about what would be best for Ana in terms of an entry. If you want to send her singing Narodnozabavni Rock, that’s your choice. 😉

Jo.
Jo.
7 months ago

Powerful!

Sesil
Sesil
7 months ago

This is totally qualifying now!… Oh wait