Norway’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 promises to be its biggest ever. A record 26 artists will compete in this year’s Melodi Grand Prix, including 2019 champions and Eurovision fan-favourites KEiiNO. With their anthemic pop-joik fusion track “Monument”, Europe’s favourite trio are hoping to settle some unfinished business and bring the Eurovision trophy back home to Norway.

KEiiNO — that’s Tom Hugo, Alexandra Rotan and Fred Buljo — will showcase the full version of “Monument” live during semi-final one of MGP 2021. As pre-qualified finalists, they’re guaranteed a spot in February’s final, and are one step ahead of their competitors to becoming Norway’s next Eurovision act.

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KEiiNO in Melodi Grand Prix 2021: “Monument”

Eurovision fans will remember KEiiNO from their appearance at Eurovision 2019. They won MGP 2019 with their iconic track “Spirit In The Sky”, and went on to win the televote with a whopping 291 points in the Eurovision grand final. Their spectacular performance put them in 6th place overall, with a combined total of 331 points from the public and jury vote. Today, “Spirit In The Sky” remains wildly popular with Eurovision fans, who named it their fifth favourite entry of all time in the 2020 edition of ESC250.

Since then, Tom, Alexandra and Fred have enjoyed success around Europe and the world. In May 2020, they launched their debut album “OKTA” to critical acclaim. They have gone on to tour the world, winning Scandipop awards, Sami music awards, and have even been nominated for Norwegian Grammys and NIMMA awards.

Their MGP 2021 entry “Monument” is a more adult version of “Spirit In The Sky”. It stays true to their signature dance-pop Sami joik fusion sound, with a heightened level of sophistication. Speaking to wiwibloggs, KEiiNO front-woman Alexandra told us that KEiiNO has more to offer this time around:

“We still feel we haven’t shown our full potential on the Eurovision stage, so when we found ourselves with a song with something special, we just went for it.”

Meanwhile, Fred tells us that “Monument” is an indicator of how much the band has grown.

“Although some fans might be disappointed that our second try for the trophy isn’t as Euroschlager as ‘Spirit in the Sky’. And we’re not mad if people prefer ‘Spirit’ over ‘Monument’. But it didn’t make sense for us to do the same all over again. We’ve grown both as a band and songwriters, and we feel ‘Monument’ represents the group in a better way.”

What do the “Monument” lyrics mean?

According to Alexandra, the lyrics are about the most important people and moments in a person’s lifecycle. “Monument” pays tribute to those who enrich other peoples’ lives, honouring the everyday heroes we encounter in our day-to-day lives who haven’t received medals or had streets named after them. “Monument” is about the traces we leave behind, the moments you’ll always remember, and the connections that make a lasting impact.

On top of the epic drum beats, soaring strings and killer melodies, KEiiNO throws a little something extra into the mix — Sami rap. During the second verse, joiking superstar Fred shows off his rap abilities. He tells us that these lyrics channel the voice of his great-grandfather, guiding him through his life. You can find the translation to Fred’s Sami rap below.

The “Monument” lyrics also contain references to Norse mythology — with “thunder and gloria” possibly representing Norse gods Odin and Thor.

“Monument” lyrics – KEiiNO (Melodi Grand Prix 2021)

Songwriters: Tom Hugo Hermansen, Alexander Nyborg Olsson, Fred Buljo, Alexandra Rotan and Rüdiger Schramm

Original text (English and Sami)

English translation

(Joik chant introduction)

Where do we go when it’s over
How do you trace our life in time
When the snow comes in October
What do we leave behind

Crying loving dancing fighting
All of this time
All of this time

In your voice I feel it coming back to me
Like a shadow whisper in the night
Like a monument to all the time we spent
A minor symphony

In your voice I hear the sound of history
(Joik chant)
Like a monument to all the time we spent
A minor symphony

What if we are never ending
If we are more than dust and sand
I will flow back down the river
Where you first held my hand

Min bálgat leat báhzan
Vaikko massan mii leat min giissa
Go cohkon dat leat min jogat
De dollagáttis mun cippostan

In your voice I feel it coming back to me
Like a shadow whisper in the night
Like a monument to all the time we spent
A minor symphony
Ooh, one last time
Like a monument to all the time we spent
A minor symphony

Visot máid don oainnat
Lea vássan áigi hápmen
Ja visot maid don gulat
Lea ivttabeaivve skádja

Ooh, one last time
Thunder gloria
One last time
Thunder and gloria

Thunder and gloria
(Joik chant)
Like a monument to all the time we spent
A minor symphony
Ooh, one last time
Like a monument to all the time we spent

(Joik outro)

 

(Joik chant introduction)

Where do we go when it’s over
How do you trace our life in time
When the snow comes in October
What do we leave behind

Crying loving dancing fighting
All of this time
All of this time

In your voice I feel it coming back to me
Like a shadow whisper in the night
Like a monument to all the time we spent
A minor symphony

In your voice I hear the sound of history
(Joik chant)
Like a monument to all the time we spent
A minor symphony

What if we are never ending
If we are more than dust and sand
I will flow back down the river
Where you first held my hand

Our paths are still visible
Even though we’ve lost our legacy
When the rivers have run dry
I’ll be kneeling by the abandoned fireplace

In your voice I feel it coming back to me
Like a shadow whisper in the night
Like a monument to all the time we spend
A minor symphony
Ooh, one last time
Like a monument to all the time we spent
A minor symphony

Everything you see
Is created by the past
Everything you hear
Is the echo of yesterday

Ooh, one last time
Thunder gloria
One last time
Thunder and gloria

Thunder and gloria
(Joik chant)
Like a monument to all the time we spent
A minor symphony
Ooh, one last time
Like a monument to all the time we spent

(Joik outro)

 

What do you think of the “Monument” lyrics? How does it measure up to its Melodi Grand Prix competitors? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Nate
Nate
1 month ago

Okay now please Norway you only have one job

EdJones
EdJones
1 month ago

The staging needs work yet, but I’m sure they’ll be working on that. This is a super entry, worthy of doing very, very well in Rotterdam.

ESCfan2021
ESCfan2021
1 month ago

WOOOW!!! Very impressive voices!!! 12 points from Belgium!

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

The staging was meh but Alexandra’s vocals omg!! This woman is incredible

Balint
Balint
1 month ago

They slayed their performance!

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

The song is anthemic and an adult version of Spirit in the sky. I hope the staging will make it clear what the song is about. I also love the lyric video which shows Norwegian landscape. The song’s lyrics represent that too.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Those are TWO different songs, not one song with two versions.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

I never said it’s the same song. They are different song, with similar patterns but Monument shows a more mature side of Keiino.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

You wrote “it’s an adult version of Spirit in the sky”.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

That doesn’t mean it’s the same……

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Thank you, exactly!

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
1 month ago

Based on what I read on twitter, “Thunder and Gloria” is like an SOS call one makes when lost in a fjord (a common natural formation in Norway) whereby Odin sends a raven as a form of aid upon hearing the call.

I love how this song is so quintessentially nordic with the joiking and reference to natural scandinavian landscapes and mythology. I absolutely adore it!

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

This is SO impressive! Thanks for sharing!

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

If that’s the case, there goes my only issue with the lyrics, because it’s a beautiful way to insert part of your culture in a pop song.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

There is no better three word combination than “thunder and gloria”. Monumental, in fact!