In recent years, San Marino has become notorious for submitting foreign artists to Eurovision. However, on December 11, the tiny Southern European nation reminded us that they have their own lively music scene.

The three Sammarinese artists who represented the microstate in Eurovision — Miodio (2008), Valentina Monetta (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017), and Anita Simoncini (2015) — have released a Christmassy new single titled “Sogno” (Dream) in conjunction with 11 other local artists.

San Marino United Artists release “Sogno”

On Friday, the new (and probably only) Sammarinese supergroup released “Sogno”. The writer and composer of the song, whose voice we hear in the first lines, is Nicola Della Valle, frontman of Miodio. The Eurovision 2008 singer also presented San Marino’s points in 2011.

Two other Eurovision alumni, Anita Simoncini and four-time participant Valentina Monetta, also take part. Irol MC, who gave San Marino’s points in 2016 and competed in the 2018 selection, has his own rap verse.

The rationale behind San Marino United Artists was to unite fourteen unique voices and musical styles. This is also labelled as the first joining of forces for the country’s music industry.

The other names involved, which you might not be familiar with (yet), are ELU (Luca Partisani, Elisa Mafry Massari), Sara Jane Ghiotti, Monica Hill, Roberto Moghe Moretti, Piermatteo Carattoni, Alessandra Busignani, Francesco Zao Zazzi, Paolo Beccari, and Fabrizio Pregnolato.

In the music video a young girl, Veronica, wakes up to the sight of a dot of light, which she starts following. The sights of the beautiful microstate draw her in, and we get a view of the Italian-speaking nation.

“Sogno” lyrics

Sogno – Italian lyrics

Lo sai che c’è una notte in cui
il buio non fa paura mai,
è chiusa dentro a un sogno e tu
seguendo un sogno la troverai,
e lascia che ti porti via
sopra le case oltre le nuvole
e lascia che la sua magia
dipinga il vuoto che è dentro te

Credi in questa favola, tutto cambierà,
nella notte magica ogni tuo sogno è già realtà

Lo sai che basta credere
per dare vita alla fantasia,
e chiudere gli occhi mentre nevica
mentre il silenzio con la sua poesia
riscalda la tua anima
e ti regala quello che non hai
il tempo per sorridere
per ritrovare quello che sei

Credi in questa favola, tutto cambierà,
nella notte magica ogni tuo sogno è già realtà

E ti innamorerai, di questo cielo che ti culla piano tra le sue braccia
ti addormenterai, in questo mare di incertezza a volte basta una goccia,
la tua voce, la musica
Per ritornare a volare ogni giorno
e non lasciare che il tempo cancelli quel sogno

Chiudi gli occhi e pensa, anche la luna in questa notte è diversa
sembra sola invece non lo è, ci sono mille stelle attorno a farla splendere,
a farla splendere.

C’era una volta
io sempre di corsa,
il tempo è come i sogni qua nessuno lo compra,
qui passano i momenti ma nessuno li conta,
chi vive nelle favole e chi ce le racconta ascolta.

Ma lasciati sorprendere come quando da bambino
guardavi cadere la neve

Credi in questa favola, tutto cambierà,
nella notte magica ogni tuo sogno è già realtà

Dream – English translation

You know there is a night in which
the dark is never scary,
it is locked inside a dream and you will
follow a dream and find it,
and let it take you away
above the houses beyond the clouds
and let its magic
paint the emptiness inside you

Believe in this fairytale, everything will change,
in the magical night your every dream is already reality

You know you just need to believe
to give life to the imagination,
and close your eyes while it’s snowing
while the silence with its poetry
warms your soul
and gives you what you don’t have
time to smile
to find what you are

Believe in this fairytale, everything will change,
in the magical night your every dream is already reality

And you will fall in love with this sky that cradles you slowly in its arms
you will fall asleep, in this sea of ​​uncertainty sometimes just a drop is enough,
your voice, the music
To return to flying every day
and not give time to erase that dream

Close your eyes and think, even the moon tonight is different
it seems lonely but it is not, there are a thousand stars around to make it shine,
to make it shine.

Once upon a time
I’m always in a hurry
time is like dreams, nobody buys it here,
here the moments pass but nobody counts them,
those who live in fairy tales and those who tell them listen to them.

But let yourself be surprised like when as a child
you watched the snow fall

Believe in this fairytale, everything will change,
in the magical night your every dream is already reality

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Nicky
Nicky
2 months ago

very nice song <3

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 months ago

Nice song !! I like it !!

Una
Una
2 months ago

Very nice. Everyone did a great job. The Sammarinese places – beautiful.
I could not recognize the lead singer from Miodio 🙁
Anita looked gorgeous!! Those smile and joy just lift me up. Grazie!!

Ermin
Ermin
2 months ago

Christmas song without Christmas, just like Roxen and Rybak song too.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

Also, a couple of them were on the local shortlist for 2018, and I believe at least two have been on their Eurovision jury multiple times.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Actually, surprisingly enough, besides IROL, the only other one I see on the hurt pages is Sara Ghiotti – chair of the jury in 2014, her final scoreboard had Sweden first and Iceland second (left-field but I approve), she put Austria fifth (IROL had them 22nd, yeesh), and her least favorite was Poland.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

*jury pages

Nicky
Nicky
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

IROL might have some potential for ESC, but maybe as a featuring artist for someone, maybe Anita Simoncini, i mean she deserves a proper chance after that mess in 2015

or Jimmie Wilson, whom also deserves another go but then as main star

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

I’m so excited to listen to this AND finally have a somewhat comprehensive resource about San Marino’s actual for-real music scene. Look at that supergroup! Traveling Wilburys could NEVER!

(That being said, Serhat’s gotta at least have honorary citizenship or something at this point.)