This is me. Here I am. Accept me for what I am, voilà. That’s the simple but powerful message found in Barbara Pravi‘s Eurovision 2021 song. The “Voilà” lyrics are simple and direct, portraying a woman who has been hiding in the shadows, marinating in the insecurities and shame that come with living on mute. In her text we hear a woman ready to take ownership of herself and her dream to write music and to sing.

“Listen to me, Me, the wannabe singer,” she sings. “Talk about me to your loved ones, to your friends. Tell them about this girl with black eyes and her crazy dream. Me, what I want is to write stories that reach you. That’s all.”

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Barbara Pravi: What do the “Voilà” lyrics mean?

Whether you speak French or not, the journey of a woman from insecurity to strength, from self-doubt to self-acceptance comes through clearly in the dramatic swells of “Voilà”. In an interview with me ahead of the final, Barbara connected this to her own story — that of a woman who has overcome her own demons and the ugliness of domestic violence.

“I often think that ‘Voilà’ is the end and the beginning of something,” she said. “It’s the end of twenty five years of a battle with myself to feel happy, to feel proud, to understand that I am capable of doing things. It’s the beginning because now I am ready to say hello, that’s me, and I don’t mind if you like me…because that’s just what I am. That’s everything I am…..This is all I have, this is all I got, here I am, and voilà.”

“My crazy dream is to spread messages and say things. I want my things to be heard by people. This is the only thing I have — I only have my voice, my soul, all my body and everything to sing. This is the message of ‘Voilà’. It says please hear me because I only have this. If you aren’t here to hear me, then I am nothing.”

It’s like coming out as a singer — something Barbara says she was fully able to do during the Eurovision submission process last September.

“Until September my music was confidential. I live in Paris, so I know that people in Paris know me. It’s only a small town. I want to make music for the world. I want all the world to hear my songs and it will be a dream. The difference is I don’t want my music to be confidential anymore. If it can be more gigantic I will be very proud and very happy.”

“Voilà” lyrics — Barbara Pravi (France ESC 2021 selection)

French text

Écoutez moi
Moi la chanteuse à demi
Parlez de moi
À vos amours, à vos amis
Parler leur de cette fille aux yeux noirs et de son rêve fou
Moi c’que j’veux c’est écrire des histoires qui arrivent jusqu’à vous
C’est tout

Voilà, voilà, voilà, voilà qui je suis
Me voilà même si mise à nue j’ai peur, oui
Me voilà dans le bruit et dans le silence

Regardez moi, ou du moins ce qu’il en reste
Regardez moi, avant que je me déteste
Quoi vous dire, que les lèvres d’une autre ne vous diront pas
C’est peu de chose mais moi tout ce que j’ai je le dépose là, voilà

Voilà, voilà, voilà, voilà qui je suis
Me voilà même si mise à nue c’est fini
C’est ma gueule c’est mon cri, me voilà tant pis
Voilà, voilà, voilà, voilà juste ici
Moi mon rêve mon envie, comme j’en crève comme j’en ris
Me voilà dans le bruit et dans le silence

Ne partez pas, j’vous en supplie restez longtemps
Ça m’sauvera peut-être pas, non
Mais faire sans vous j’sais pas comment
Aimez moi comme on aime un ami qui s’en va pour toujours
J’veux qu’on m’aime parce que moi je sais pas bien aimer mes contours

Voilà, voilà, voilà, voilà qui je suis
Me voilà même si mise à nue c’est fini
Me voilà dans le bruit et dans la fureur aussi
Regardez moi enfin et mes yeux et mes mains
Tout c’que j’ai est ici, c’est ma gueule c’est mon cri
Me voilà, me voilà, me voilà
Voilà, voilà, voilà, voilà

Voilà

English translation

Listen to me
Me, the wannabe singer
Talk about me
To your loves, to your friends
Tell them about this girl with black eyes and her crazy dream
Me, what I want is to write stories that reach you
That’s all

Here, here, here, here I am, Here I am
even if stripped naked I am afraid, yes
Here I am in the noise and in the silence

Look at me, or at least what’s left
Look at me, before I hate myself
What to tell you, that another’s lips won’t tell you
It’s not much but all that I have I drop it there, that’s it

Here, here, here, here is who I am, Here I am
even if stripped bare it’s over
It’s my mouth, it’s my cry, here I am too bad
Here, here, here, here
I am my dream, my desire, like I’m dying, like I laugh at it
Here I am in the noise and in the silence

Don’t go, I’m begging you stay a long time It may not save me, no
But to do without you I don’t know how
Love me as we love a friend who goes away forever
I want us to love me because I don’t know how to like my outlines

Here, there, here, here I am, Here I am
even if exposed it is finished
Here I am in the noise and in the fury too
Look at me, finally, and my eyes and my hands
All that I have is here, it’s my mouth, it’s my cry
Here I am, here I am, here I am
Here we are, here we are, here we are

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Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
3 months ago

I saw the interview with Barbara, it was so great !! She is so sweet and I am very happy she represent France in Eurovision and I hope she will get the succes that she deserves. I will vote for her because I love her beautiful song Voilá. I play it the whole day !!

Popniquette
Popniquette
3 months ago

It reminds me of Edit Piaf’s “Padam Padam”. That’s all I wanted to say.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

Very nice lyrics.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
3 months ago

YES !!! My favorite song won !! And my second favorite came second !!

Milan
Milan
3 months ago

France has chosen wisely 🙂

eurana
eurana
3 months ago

what a fright! I thought she won.uffff

Fionn
Fionn
3 months ago
Reply to  eurana

Yuhh me too haha

@mar_ti_al
@mar_ti_al
3 months ago

“Ma gueule ” in that case means “my face” in a no politically correct way, the kind of word you won’t tell in a royal cocktail ?
Love you honneeyy ! ?

Last edited 3 months ago by @mar_ti_al
@mar_ti_al
@mar_ti_al
3 months ago

Oops, my symbols didn’t work 🙂
I meant “… the kind of word you won’t tell in a royal cocktail 😉
Love you honneeyy ! :-)”

Aaa
Aaa
3 months ago
Reply to  eurana

She won !

Fionn
Fionn
3 months ago

I had a panick attack when I saw her name i thought it was a post saying she’s won. Fingers crossed for andriamad

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Fionn

They didn’t even make the second round oof.

Fionn
Fionn
3 months ago

Ahhh stop i cant get France tv in irelamd