Photo credit: Stina Stjernkvist / SVT

The fourth and final heat of Melodifestivalen will see seven more acts take to the stage. Amongst them are The Mamas, who return after winning last year’s competition with their gospel-pop track “Move”. This year, the trio bid to sing for Sweden at Eurovision 2021 with “In The Middle”.

Scroll down for “In The Middle” lyrics. 

Melodifestivalen 2021: The Mamas – “In The Middle”

The Mamas — that’s Ash Haynes, Loulou Lamotte and Dinah Yonas Manna — will sing “In The Middle” fourth in the fourth semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2021 — right “in the middle” of the night’s seven acts. Dinah and Loulou have both previously appeared at Melfest as backing vocalists — but the three ladies first took part as a group in 2019 when they provided backing vocals for John Lundvik’s winning song “Too Late For Love” alongside founding mama Paris Renita. One year later, Ash, Loulou and Dinah returned to compete as a trio. Their song “Move” won the competition after a nail-biting final, defeating Dotter’s “Bulletproof” by just one point in the public vote. Since their victory, The Mamas have enjoyed continued success despite the cancellation of Eurovision. In September 2020 they released their debut EP Tomorrow Is Waiting.

“In The Middle” features the songwriting talents of Robin Stjernberg, Jimmy Jansson and Emily Falvey. Fans will know Robin Stjernberg as a two-time Melodifestivalen champion. In 2013, he won the contest with his song “You” and went on to represent Sweden on home soil at Eurovision in Malmö. Then in 2017, he co-wrote Robin Bengtsson’s winning track “I Can’t Go On”, which placed fifth at Eurovision in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Jansson is a veteran Melodifestivalen songwriter. In 2020, he participated in the Swedish selection show with a record-breaking six songs: “Piga & dräng”, “Ballerina”, “Take A Chance”, “Winners”, “Brave” and “Vamos Amigos” — the latter four of which all made it to the final. He’s also taken part in Melodifestivalen three times as a performer — once alongside the group Poets in 2002 and twice as a solo artist in 2005 and 2007.

Emily Falvey makes her Melodifestivalen songwriting debut with “In The Middle”. She’s an American songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. To date, the songs she has worked on have garnered more than 18 million streams on Spotify.

What do the “In The Middle” lyrics mean?

“In The Middle” is about hope and kindness. The Mamas sing about having a person you can turn to when you’re feeling lost and lonely — a person who will pick you up if you fall down, so you know you’re never really alone. With lyrics such as “my whole world’s brighter when you’re here” and “I know I’ll be alright as long as you’re by my side”, the track is a majestic ode to the power of sisterhood.

“We were in the studio with Robin Stjernberg, finishing our EP. He played the song, we liked it a lot and wanted to try to record it”, The Mamas say. “When we did, it was a magical moment, like we have to do this. We cried, it was very emotional.”

“In The Middle” lyrics — The Mamas (Melfest 2021)

Sometimes I’m lost and feeling low
The waves rush in it’s like I’m drowning
When I get far away from home
I can forget that I’m surrounded

But you are my
Sunshine in the open sky
Moonlight on my darkest nights
The sky is brighter when you’re here

And if I fall down a little
I know I’m not alone
You meet me there in the middle
When I run out of hope
I know that I’ll be alright
As long as you’re by my side

Oooooooo

My past comes back to haunt and hurt
But you remind me who I am now
You love my best you love my worst
So good that I don’t understand how

But you are my
Sunshine in the open sky
Moonlight on my darkest nights
My whole world’s brighter when you’re here

And if I fall down a little
I know I’m not alone
you meet me there in the middle
When I run out of hope
I know that I’ll be alright
As long as you’re by my side

Oooooooo

And if I fall down a little,
We’ll meet in the middle

Oooooooo

Sunshine in the open sky
Moonlight on my darkest nights
The sky is brighter when you’re

Oooooooo

I know I’m not alone
You meet me there in the middle
When I run out of hope
I know that I’ll be alright
As long as you’re by my side

Oooooooo

And if I fall down a little,
We’ll meet in the middle

Oooooooo

What do you make of “In The Middle”? Will The Mamas win Melodifestivalen for the second year in a row? Let us know in the comments below. 

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ESC 21
1 month ago

The Mamas. NO NO NO. We are not ho to the final. Then Europe gonna be happy

Colono
Colono
1 month ago

Meh..

Paddy
1 month ago

I expected more to be honest. Definitely not as good as last year.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

No goosebumps here.. Love them, the song is not really my favorite.. Very OG3NE like staging.. Been done before and better ladies unfortunately

David
David
1 month ago

Great song!

Jan
Jan
1 month ago

The song is not as good as last year’s song… I hope the best song wins! No petty votes. I cannot remember the melody after listening to it twice 🙁

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

What will the surprise be? The “you” in the songs will show up on stage or something like that? 

Ricardo
Ricardo
1 month ago

Beautiful lyrics. It’s like a response to Move’s other side.