Blas Cantó Memoria

He’s been hurt, but he can’t erase someone from his memory. That’s the struggle Spain’s Blas Cantó deals with on “Memoria”, one of his two potential Eurovision 2021 entries.

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Spain in Eurovision 2021: Blas Cantó “Memoria”

As with many 2021 artists, Blas Cantó was originally due to sing at Eurovision 2020. He was revealed as Spain’s act in autumn 2019, while his song “Universo” was released the following January. Blas was re-confirmed as the country’s 2021 act almost as soon as the cancellation of the 2020 contest was announced.

However, things are being done differently this year. Rather than going with an internally selected number, Blas and RTVE are letting the people decide. During a two-hour special on Saturday 20 February, the Spanish public will have the opportunity to choose between “Voy a quedarme” and “Memoria”. There will be no jury vote. Blas says he can’t make the decision himself as both tracks contain a “piece of his soul”.

What do the “Memoria” lyrics mean?

“Memoria” tells the story of a past relationship which didn’t end quite well. However, despite being advised about that person, Blas fails to forget their story. “In my memory, like hard liquor you will always burn” he sings.

However, despite the bitterness of the message, Blas tries to make something positive out of the situation: “The worst in you made me see the worst in me”.

Blas’ extensively use of his falsetto helps to capture the emotion on this mid-tempo track. Speaking with RTVE, Blas says “The song has a lot of power, it makes you sing it and get up from your chair. It is a very careful production, with a lot of percussion, with a very powerful set of voices.”

“Memoria” lyrics — Blas Cantó (Spain ESC 2021 selection)

Songwriters and composers: Blas Cantó, Steve Daly, Oliver Som, Leroy Sanchez

Spanish text

Foto perfecta, tú y yo siempre juntos
Despreocupados sin miedo a pensar
Que llegaríamos hasta este punto
Donde por mal o por suerte
Ya no hay marcha atrás

Te fuiste y me dejaste
Aquí sin poder sacarte

De mi memoria
Aunque lo intente,
De mi mente no te vas

Y en mi memoria
Como aguardiente,
Para siempre quemarás

Y es que
Lo peor de ti
Me hizo ver lo peor de mi
Y ahora sé por qué
Yo sin ti
Es lo mejor
De mi memoria
Aunque lo intente,
De mi mente no te vas

Pasaste de hablarme a cerrarme la puerta
La misma que yo te ofrecí en tus peores días
Y mira que todos me hablaron de lo que hacías
Y ahora más bien por mi suerte
Ya no hay marcha atrás

De mi memoria
Aunque lo intente,
De mi mente no te vas

Y en mi memoria
Como aguardiente,
Para siempre quemarás

Y es que
Lo peor de ti
Me hizo ver lo peor de mi
Y ahora sé por qué
Yo sin ti
Es lo mejor
De mi memoria
Aunque lo intente,
De mi mente no te vas

Yo sigo pensándote
Yo sigo pensándote
Yo sigo pensándote
Yo sigo pensándote
Yo sigo pensándote
Yo sigo pensándote
Yo sigo pensándote
Yo sigo pensándote

De mi memoria
Aunque lo intente,
De mi mente no te vas

Y en mi memoria
Como agua ardiente,
Para siempre quemarás

Y es que
Lo peor de ti
Me hizo ver lo peor de mi
Y ahora sé por qué
Yo sin ti
Es lo mejor
De mi memoria
Aunque lo intente,
De mi mente no te vas

No te vas

English translation

The perfect picture, you and me always together
Unconcerned, without fear to think
That we would arrive at this point
Where for worse or for fortune
There’s no coming back anymore

You left and left me
Here without being able to take you out

Of my memory
As much as I try
You will not leave my mind

And in my memory
Like hard liquor
You will forever burn

The thing is
The worst in you
Made me see the worst in me
And now I know
Me without you
It’s the best
Out of my memory
Even though I try,
You will not leave my mind

You went from talking to me to closing the door
The same that I offered you in your worse days
And though everybody told me what you do
Now rather for my luck
There’s no coming back anymore

Of my memory
As much as I try
You will not leave my mind

And in my memory
Like hard liquor
You will forever burn

The thing is
The worst in you
Made me see the worst in me
And now I know
Me without you
It’s the best
Out of my memory
Even though I try,
You will not leave my mind

I’m still thinking about you
I’m still thinking about you
I’m still thinking about you
I’m still thinking about you
I’m still thinking about you
I’m still thinking about you
I’m still thinking about you

Of my memory
As much as I try
You will not leave my mind

And in my memory
Like hard liquor
You will forever burn

The thing is
The worst in you
Made me see the worst in me
And now I know
Me without you
It’s the best
Out of my memory
Even though I try,
You will not leave my mind

You will not leave

Is “Memoria” your favourite entry? Should Blas sing it at Eurovision? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Ari
Ari
2 months ago

See, I actually like this. It isn’t the uptempo that we were told to expect, but it’s quite nice. The lyrics are very well done, don’t seem awkward from my perspective. I still think this is a bottom-half song, but it’s still better than last year.

Okt
Okt
2 months ago

MEH-MORIA

Last edited 2 months ago by Okt
Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

Yes, it’s my favorite and I hope it goes to Eurovision. The majority seems to want the other song, but if Spain could send ‘Do it for your lover’ which literally nobody wanted, there might still be hope for ‘Memoria’.

medo
medo
2 months ago

Personally I love Memoria more and it’s nice song but I think it will be a huge failure on esc.

With ballad you at least can count on jury votes.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  medo

I wouldn’t be so sure. It’s very unremarkable. Alfred and Amaia couldn’t count on any votes, either and they had a nicer ballad. Maybe something like ‘Quedate conmigo’ would have given him a chance.

Last edited 2 months ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
2 months ago

I was able to recall Memoria’s hook right after the first listen, which is incredibly rare as I normally need repeated listenings to warm up to a song and remember how it sounds. The bit after the chorus is particularly effective for me. Blas is a handsome and charismatic performer who I’m sure can totally elevate the song even further live with his charm.
“Voy a Quedarme” on the other hand still eludes my memory, I’m afraid.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

That is exactly what I thought, too. I warmed up to ‘Memoria’ because it’s catchy, the other one I couldn’t remember if my life depended on it.

Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin
2 months ago

His falsettos are grating af