Melodifestivalen 2021_ Clara Klingenström _Behöver inte dig idag_

She’s the dark horse that’s won over a legion of fans with her passionate melodies and raw lyrics. But as Clara Klingenström prepares to go up against Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos in Melodifestivalen 2021’s andra chansen round on Saturday, we take a look at the meaning behind “Behöver inte dig idag”.

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Melodifestivalen 2021: Clara Klingenström “Behöver inte dig idag”

Clara Klingenström is a 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Gotland. This is her first time competing at Melodifestivalen, although she’s tried to take part on at least two previous occasions. In 2011 she participated in Webbjokern, the public qualifications for that year’s Melodifestivalen, with the entry “Mr Lonely Man”. She made it to the final of Svensktoppen Nästa (now P4 Nästa) with “It Makes Me Crazy” a year later. However, it was Terese Fredenwall who won the wildcard for Melfest 2013.

What do the “Behöver inte dig idag” lyrics mean?

What is “Behöver inte dig idag” (Don’t Need You Today) about? “If I would describe my song in one sentence, it would be: Goddamn revenge. I wrote the song when I had hit the bottom”, Clara explains to SVT. “But now, it’s time for revenge”. Revenge might be too strong a word for some. Because while Clara is certainly taking a no-nonsense approach to her break-up, she’s not actively seeking to destroy her former love.

Rather than dwelling on the past, Klingenström gets her own back by moving on. As the song progresses, we see her grow in confidence as she asserts her independence. That person, who she once relied upon so much, has become irrelevant. Clara finds the strength within herself to cut all ties as she realises that she can be her true self once more.

“Behöver inte dig idag” lyrics — Clara Klingenström (Melfest 2021)

Written and composed by: Clara Klingenström, Bobby Ljunggren and David Lindgren Zacharias

Swedish text

English translation

Har inte visat
Inte vågat att se
Att va nån annan
Inte vilja vara med
Vågar du släppa taget
Fast du lever för nån annanAtt vara älskad och få ge nånting tillbaks
Fast alla andra säger du finns inte kvar
Vågar du släppa taget
Jag behöver inte dig idag
Behöver inte dig idag

Och nu
Letar jag mig tillbaks
Struntar i alla svar
Vill inte va nån annan
Jag behöver inte dig idag

Styrkan som finns i mig
Gör att jag kan bli fri från dig
Du fick mig att bli nån annan
Jag behöver inte dig idag

Visst gör det ont att börja om och se tillbaks
Att nu va ensam i den kärleksdröm som var
Men vi två var aldrig sanna
Jag behöver inte dig idag
Behöver inte dig idag

Och nu
Letar jag mig tillbaks
Struntar i alla svar
Vill inte va nån annan
Jag behöver inte dig idag

Styrkan som finns i mig
Gör att jag kan bli fri från dig
Du fick mig att bli nån annan
Jag behöver inte dig idag

Behöver inte dig idag

Och nu
Letar jag mig tillbaks
Struntar i alla svar
Vill inte va nån annan
Jag behöver inte dig idag

Styrkan som finns i mig
Gör att jag kan bli fri från dig
Du fick mig att bli nån annan
Jag behöver inte dig idag

Nu letar jag mig tillbaks
Struntar i alla svar
Vill inte va nån annan
Jag behöver inte dig idag

Have not shown
Did not dare to see
To be someone else
Opt-out
Do you dare to let go
Though you live for someone else

To be loved and to be able to give something back
Though everyone else says you don’t exist
Do you dare to let go
I don’t need you today
Don’t need you today

And now
Looking back
Ignores all answers
Don’t want to be anyone else
I don’t need you today

The strength that is in me
Allows me to be free from you
You made me become someone else
I don’t need you today

Of course, it hurts to start over and look back
To now be alone in the love dream that was
But the two of us were never true
I don’t need you today
Don’t need you today

And now
Looking back
Ignores all answers
Don’t want to be anyone else
I don’t need you today

The strength that is in me
Allows me to be free from you
You made me become someone else
I don’t need you today

Don’t need you today

And now
Looking back
Ignores all answers
Don’t want to be anyone else
I don’t need you today

The strength that is in me
Allows me to be free from you
You made me become someone else
I don’t need you today

Now I’m looking back
Ignores all answers
Don’t want to be anyone else
I don’t need you today

What do you think of  “Behöver inte dig idag”? Do you want to see Clara in the final? Let us know below.

Additional reporting by Padraig.

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Philou
Philou
2 months ago

My heart favorite ? for me the best song out of the 28 songs.

Internet Person
Internet Person
2 months ago

Hardest duel for me, but I have to put the crazy grandma’s through. Had she been put against anyone else (other than Lillasyster), she would have been my clear favourite to go through.

Grft
Grft
2 months ago

I hope she gets to the final. Love the grandmas but Clara’s song is so beautiful.

rainer1
rainer1
2 months ago

what a beautiful song. but the swedes only vote for 08/15 standard pop

Conortje
Conortje
2 months ago

This is my favourite from Mello this year. Just love it.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

Why does SVT hate songs in Swedish? I would put both of the songs in Swedish of this particular duel into the final and just cancel all the other duels.

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

I would love them both as well in the final 🙁 but if it’s any consolation, at least this duel guarantees a song in Swedish in the final

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

First off, yes, for some reason SVT never prefers songs in Swedish. 🙁
Second, yes, the duels aren’t always paired in a way that allows most good songs to qualify. I would certainly like to see Klara H. and Paul Rey in the finals, but I’d prefer if they’d switch the other two duels, so both Clara K. and Eva & Ewa would qualify.

Last edited 2 months ago by Colin
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2 months ago

they do this to guarantee there will be a swedish song in the final

EurovisionBenny_AUT
EurovisionBenny_AUT
2 months ago

I don’t like that SVT put the two most wholesome and authentic songs of Andra Chansen in the same battle… Can both Clara and Eva & Ewa qualify, please?

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
2 months ago

Off Topic: Jeangu Macrooy’s song title is Birth Of A New Age.

Agatha
Agatha
2 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Be on topic please!

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
2 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Why does someone dislike something off topic? Like, sure it might be a little bit disrespectful towards Clara to mention this, but like, there is no other blog page I can put this on, so…

Bamborough
Bamborough
2 months ago

Nice lyrics, but the wacky old ladies will win.

Alo
Alo
2 months ago
Reply to  Bamborough

Clara is the favorite now.. She’s way above them both in Spotify chart and at the odds..

lithnerrr
lithnerrr
2 months ago
Reply to  Alo

But Sweden has an age-divided voting
And i really doubt that elder people there know about spotify or use it, so i just wish this duel didn’t exist they both are amazing

heyok
heyok
2 months ago
Reply to  Alo

I really hope Clara wins the duel purely based on the Ewa & Ewa stans on here.. Would be so nice to see the reaction after everyone pretty much felt sorry for Clara since the duels were announced.