Ilta UMK 2021

It’s one of three songs in Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021 to crack the charts. And while all eyes may be on the loud and brash entries from Teflon Brothers and Blind Channel, Ilta’s “Kelle mä soitan” is gently slipping into the hearts of many. But what is the entry about and what do the lyrics mean?

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Ilta “Kelle mä soitan” (Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021)

Ilta is a rising star in Finland whom many people would have first discovered through her hit collaboartion Sillat (“Bridges”) with the rapper Cheek. In the autumn of 2020, she released her debut album Näitä hetkiä varten (“For These Moments”).

Ilta admits that she had to think “long and  hard” about whether she should enter UMK 2021 or not. However, the chance to sing in front of all of Finland (and potentially Europe and Australia) convinced her to take the plunge.

What do the “Kelle mä soitan” lyrics mean?

“Who Do I Call” is a touching ballad. Ilta’s delivery is gentle, yet powerful. The Finnish-language track is about loneliness — when it strikes and how it feels.

Ilta explains more to YLE: “A person may be in the middle of a crowd and still feel really lonely. It is one of the most difficult feelings because we are connected to each other. I hope the song can bring security or support to where everyone is listening to this, together or alone. Even if the song doesn’t say directly that you will survive, it can still give the listener the feeling that they are not alone with this thing”.

One of the songwriters, Väinö Wallenius tells YLE that the songwriting team knew from the beginning that the track would require an orchestral backing track. “The plan was to get an orchestra from Budapest to play this one. Now there’s a string symphony in the background, which is really awesome”.

In normal times, the song could be interpreted as someone pining for an ex or perhaps grieving the death of a loved one. However, in this age of COVID lockdowns and isolation, it takes on a potentially more universal meaning.

“Kelle mä soitan” lyrics — Ilta (Finland’s UMK 2021)

Written and Composed by: Ilta Fuchs, Väinö Wallenius, Jouni Aslak, Tuomas Kauhanen

 

Finnish text

English translation

Istun korkeella
Mun kerrostalossa
kaupungin äänet kuulen
Valon lapsia, nuoria ja vanhoja
seisoo taksijonoissa
Moni nukkuu kädet toisissansa kii
Joku jaksaa aina uskoo unelmiin
Suljen ikkunan ja kaikki äänet katoaa
Mutten silti unta saaKelle mä soitan et monelt oot tulossa?
Kelle mä soitan kun jumitan ruuhkassa?
Kelle mä soitan et ei ollu asiaa?
Mä halusin kuulla sun äänen vaan
Kelle mä soitan ja sanon et rakastan
Taas mun naapurissa yöhön asti nauretaan?
Ja vaikka huudan kuinka lujaa, ei kuule kukaan
Kelle mä soitan nyt?Aamun valossa
kaupunki kauniina
On kadut autioina
Hetki sitten niil
Vielä tanssittiin
Uskottiin ihmeisiin
Mä koitan turhaa pitää silmii kii
kaipaan unta ja korvaan kuiskauksii
Joku soittaa parvekkeelta Satumaan
yleisönään pitkä tyhjä katu vaanKelle mä soitan et monelt oot tulossa?
Kelle mä soitan kun jumitan ruuhkassa?
Kelle mä soitan et ei ollu asiaa?
Mä halusin kuulla sun äänen vaan
Kelle mä soitan ja sanon et rakastan
Taas mun naapurissa aamuun asti nauretaan?
Ja vaikka huudan kuinka lujaa, ei kuule kukaan

Kelle mä soitan et ei ollu asiaa?
Mä halusin kuulla sun äänen vaan

Kelle mä soitan nyt?

Up above it all
I’m in this building tall
And hear the city calling
Children of the light, the young and old alike
Standing waiting for a ride
Couples sleeping holding hands like they are glued
Someone still believes their dreams will all come true
I close the window and all the voices fade away
But awake it seems I’ll stayWho do I call and ask what time you’re coming in?
Who do I call when the traffic is standing still?
Who do I call when I have no real reason to call?
I just wanted to hear your sweet voice, that’s all
Who do I call just to say that I love you so
I can hear the neighbours laughing late at night again
And though I shout as loud as I can, no one hears me yell
Who do I call now?In the morning light
The city shining bright
The streets are now deserted
Just a while ago
Dancing down below…
Believing in wonders so
I force my eyes closed but the dreams all disappear
I want to sleep and need whispers in my ears
Someone’s playing a tango from the balcony
Their audience is just a long and empty streetWho do I call and ask what time you’re coming in?
Who do I call when the traffic is standing still?
Who do I call when I have no real reason to call
I just wanted to hear your sweet voice, that’s all
Who do I call just to say that I love you so
I can hear the neighbours laughing late at night again
And though I shout as loud as I can, no one hears me yell

Who do I call when I have no real reason to call
I just wanted to hear your sweet voice, that’s all

Who do I call now?

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Verna
Verna
2 months ago

Such a lovely song!

Jenny
Jenny
3 months ago

Very beautiful lyrics, even if it won’t win I’m sure this will be an impactful song for her career.

Colin
Colin
3 months ago

The lyrics are absolutely beautiful, the song has a simple, yet powerful orchestration and by what I’ve heard, she is an amazing singer in live as well. I would be more than happy if this is the song. I know that both I Love You and Dark Side would stand out and probably do really well at ESC, but I also think that Ilta would stand out as well. With each new reveal, it becomes more and more obvious that upbeat songs will likely dominate this year. Thus, a few good ballads could stand out. It’s not like every second… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Colin
Kantele
Kantele
3 months ago

As a Finn, I can say that the lyrics are much more touching when you can understand them. The topic is very important and I think that Ilta depicts very well how it feels like being lonely. My favourite line of the song is “Joku soittaa parvekkeelta Satumaan yleisönään pitkä tyhjä katu vaan” Satumaa is a famous Finnish tango song and many people dance the tango to that song. In fact, many Finnish school proms have that song in their lineup. I’d say that Ilta’s chances are quite high in UMK 2021. Her song is charting in Finland and I… Read more »

Neil
Neil
3 months ago

Deserves to win
It’s my favorite of the 2021 ESC season
I’ll be heartbroken all year if it doesn’t win…

Last edited 3 months ago by Neil
Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago

I actually find the lyrics to be quite touching and original. I don’t think many songs deal with this topic

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
3 months ago

I like this song, I hope she win tomorrow

Puff
Puff
3 months ago

sounds like a eurovision winner

Popo
Popo
3 months ago

I don´t like it, and I am finnish, maybe the other countries likes it tho. I hate some lyrics, for example “kelle mä soitan” and “A MINOR SYMPHONY” in Keiino´s song.

I would enjoy BC and Teflon to win, but it would feel worse to not send BC than Teflon.

Alonso
Alonso
3 months ago

l love this song??

Last edited 3 months ago by Alonso
Alonso
Alonso
3 months ago
Reply to  Alonso

This song is really touching. And I love it! For some reason I wish Ilta could win UMK this year. However, with Telfon Brothers are about to perform first, Dark Side is a big heat… So I can take whatever the result will be.