Go_A SHUM

Ever since they won Vidbir 2020, Ukraine’s Go_A have honoured their country’s folklore with their Eurovision entries. “Shum” is their 2021 song, and it went through a heavy revamp in order to make it elegible for the contest. Here’s what the track is about.

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Ukraine in Eurovision 2021: Go_A “Shum”

Go_A is made of Kateryna Pavlenko, Taras Shevchenko, Ihor Didenchuk and Ivan Hryhoriak. They won the right to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2020 with “Solovey”. They were also one of the first acts to be confirmed for 2021, shortly after last year’s contest was cancelled. Folklore is a key part of Go_A’s artistry: lead singer Kateryna has studied the matter and is able to sing using the “white voice” technique. Taras and Ihor work with traditional instruments, while Ivan experiments with different music styles.

Released as a single in late January, “Shum” was immediately touted as a potential song for Rotterdam. However, the Ukrainian delegation was quick to say that it was “not for Eurovision”. Soon after they announced that Go_A would present a number of entries to a professional jury. Just one day before today’s confirmation, it transpired that “Shum” was one of three songs in the running.

However, the song borrowed heavily from existing Ukrainian folklore. In fact, the first version was a re-arrangement of different versions of the traditional Ukrainian folk song “A v nashoho shuma”. Eurovision.tv reported that the song needed reworking to fit the contest’s requirements. Besides the extensive borrowing of folklore, the song was one minute too long in its original form. The current Eurovision rules do not state anything explicitly about the use of pre-existing folklore. They do state, however, that broadcasters must inform the Reference Group if the melody or lyrics were published before 1 September. And so, on 9 March, we got the revamped “SHUM” which will be performed in Rotterdam.

What do the “Shum” lyrics mean?

“Shum” honours a “vesnyanka”, a traditional Ukrainian type of song attached to the spring ritual. This season is the protagonist of the song: “Oh vesnyanka, vesnyanka, where have you spent your winter?”. Nature is another theme: “Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants, Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones”. Yes, that’s what the catchy “Siyu, siyu, siyu” means.

Go_A frontwoman Kateryna Pavlenko, who penned the lyrics, has said that the vesnyanka which initially inspired “SHUM” was something she knew from her childhood. Kate grew up in Polyssia, a region in north Ukraine. For some time, she has been interested in the folklore of her native region, which is usually only known internationally for the existence of the former Chernobyl Nuclear Plant and the surrounding Exclusion Zone.

About the creation of the new “SHUM”, nicknamed “the sequel”, Kate explained to Suspilne Studiya:

“In the first part of “SHUM”, we are standing in protective gear and hoping for the best. We call the “SHUM”. In the sequel, spring has woken up with us and not make noise that spring heard to wake up. And now, we have a much better life.”

It is not difficult to see a reference to the overcoming of the pandemic in the lyrics: “Come spring, come, don’t wait around, we’ll go outside to love each other”. “Come on, come on, we’ve made some noise. Made some noise and awoke the spring”.

Shum lyrics – Go_A (Ukraine ESC 2021)

Lyrics: Kateryna Pavlenko
Music: Kateryna Pavlenko and Taras Shevchenko

Ukrainian text

English translation

Весняночка, весняночка,
Де ти зимувала?
У садочку на кленочку
Сорочечку пряла
Там у лісі на юзлісі
Сова в воду дує
Заспіваю співаночку
Нехай вона чує.
Заплетися, шуме, барвіночком
Я тобі співаю весняночку
Сію, сію, сію, сію конопелечки
Сію, сію, сію, сію зеленесенькі
Прийди, прийди, весняночко
Та й не забарися
А ми вийдем на юлицю
Будем любитися
Весняночко, паняночко,
Заглянь у віконце
Заспівали співаночку
Засвітило сонце
Нумо, нумо заплетемо шума
Заплетемо гуляти підемо
Сію,сію, сію, сію конопелечки
Сію, сію, сію, сію зеленесенькі
Заплетися, шуме, заплетися
Барвіночком, шуме, застелися
Сію, сію, сію, сію конопелечки
Сію, сію, сію, сію зеленесенькі
Весняночка, весняночка
Де ти зимувала?
У садочку на кленочку
Сорочечку пряла
Ой у лісі на юзлісі
Сова в воду дує
Заспіваю співаночку
Нехай вона чує
Заплетися шуме барвіночком
Я тобі співаю весняночку
Сію, сію, сію, сію конопелечки
Сію, сію, сію, сію зеленесенькі
Нумо, нумо наробили шума
Наробили весну розбудили
Сію, сію, сію, сію конопелечки
Сію, сію, сію, сію зеленесенькі
Oh Spring song, Spring song
Where have you spent your Winter?
In the garden, sitting on a maple tree
You’ve been spinning a shirt.
There on the edge of a forest
An owl is blowing into the water.
I’ll sing a song –
Let her hear it.
Shum, get twined with periwinkle
I’m singing the vesnyanka to you.
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants,
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones.
Come Spring, come
Don’t wait around
We’ll go outside
to love each other.
Oh Spring, our Miss,
Look in our window.
We had sang our song
And the Sun shined on.
Come on, come on, let’s twine the Shum,
Twine the Shum, dance it around.
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants,
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones.
Shum, get twined, get twined!
Shum, get spread with periwinkle.
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants,
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones.
Oh vesnyanka, vesnyanka
Where have you spent your Winter?
In the garden, sitting on a maple tree
You’ve been spinning a shirt.
There on the edge of a forest
An owl is blowing into the water.
I’ll sing a song –
Let her hear it.
Shum, get twined with periwinkle
I’m singing the spring song to you.
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants,
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones.
Come on, come on, we’ve made some noise.
Made some noise and awoke the Spring.
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing hemp plants,
Sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing green ones.

What do you think of “Shum”? Will Go_A make it to the final? Tell us in the comment section below.

Additional reporting by Renske.

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Anna
Anna
4 months ago

I had translated the song on my discord group on my native language and the song didn’t make sense:

“soon you will cry but you will lean back”
“Give me less give me less i am milking her”
“i am sleeping as i’m milking”
“let me hear you”
“pay your stuff, gypsy knife”
“There u Lissa at south. Own milks water. Sleep cough syrup. Don’t let the war hear. Fly, sound, slowly. Pew pew pew pew stick”
“pew pew pew green”
“fall fall intoxicated”
“it will not be forgotten”

here ya go

Divnyi
Divnyi
4 months ago

>Sova v vodu duye

Am I the only one hearing “Sova dudu duye” (Owl dooting a doot)?

Last edited 4 months ago by Divnyi
Il Damiano
Il Damiano
4 months ago

“Hemp plants”? Was this a Tribute To Cannabis? Adds yet another layer to this piece of magnificence if so! 🙂

Tetyana Omelchenko
Tetyana Omelchenko
4 months ago
Reply to  Il Damiano

Hemp was a big produce in rural Ukraine some hundred or so years ago, used mainly for making fabric to do the clothes, they didn’t use to consume it the way it is (allegedly) consumed nowadays

Perry Tatman
Perry Tatman
4 months ago

Shum was amazing

Last edited 4 months ago by Perry Tatman
Soffía Karls
Soffía Karls
4 months ago

My favorite besides iceland ofcourse……i voted 10 times for you guys. Will be following your music……Greetings from Iceland

KAI
KAI
4 months ago

I am german and i love shum

PCK
PCK
4 months ago

This performance clearly won in the hall on the night. And most definitely in our house. Superbly hypnotic. Can’t stop replaying it!!!

M M
M M
4 months ago

Everything is amazing about this

Magda
4 months ago

I don’t think Spring part has anything to do with pandemics, i don’t know how in other cultures but in Slavic culture spring is the symbol of awakening of nature, also the human and animal nature, fertility, falling in love. Animals are mating in spring, weather is beautiful, people are meeting others and falling in love. It was the season when girls/young women were waiting for young men/boys courting for them. Many Polish and Ukrainian songs (I am Polish but I have some western-Ukrainian roots as well) are about spring, girls were singing them to get the attention of boys.

Dragada
Dragada
3 months ago
Reply to  Magda

Nothing with covid in particular, just going out of the dark era. As u have noticed, after eurovision the measures started to drop and borders to open. Its a well placed metaphor

Sven
Sven
6 months ago

the younger guy of band Ihor is very cute and Kate is a goddes !
they deserve to qualify and reach top 15 in the final

Whisker
Whisker
6 months ago

Maple.trees.in.Ukraine? Or just A maple tree?

Olena
Olena
6 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Why you are surprised? Ukraine has a lot of different types of trees including maple tree. The capital of Ukraine -Kyiv- has its nickname “the city of Maple trees”)))

Whisker
Whisker
6 months ago
Reply to  Olena

It’s a nice surprise!

Berta
Berta
6 months ago
Reply to  Olena

well, here is in my lovlely hometown Kyiv we have hundreds of maple trees,
but Kyiv called ‘the city of chestnut trees’
not maple 🙂
Blooming Chestnut tree is official symbol of Kyiv

Roodi
Roodi
6 months ago

Why are you hating on Destiny?I hate to ruin it for you but Destiny is not a Netta-wannabe if she was a Netta-wannabe why is she signed by Sony.

Roodi
Roodi
6 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

Give a argument and do not say because her song is about female-empowerment then is Tamara North macedonia 2019 also a Netta-replica also there were female empowerment songs in ESC before Netta.Also she did not write and produce the song

Una
Una
6 months ago

OMG. He lools like the guy in your picture or av*t(ar.

Kosey
Kosey
6 months ago

I am loving everything about Go_A. They have the feeling of a subversive outsider. This song has many themes and interpretation. It is the best electronic track of the season by a million miles.

Nick
Nick
6 months ago

Love them! so cool band with leader woman queen Kate, in my top 10 this year 🙂

Grft
Grft
6 months ago

Where are the wiwi jury scores for each song 🙁

Renske ten Veen
Editor
6 months ago
Reply to  Grft

Coming soon!

Safiya
Safiya
6 months ago

This is in my top three this year, I love it <3