In May, Blas Cantó will represent Spain with the Spanish-language ballad “Voy a quedarme”. But now he’s showing fans a different side by releasing the English version of his Eurovision 2021 song, titled “I’ll Stay”.

Blas released the song today, to celebrate there being less than one month to Eurovision 2021. Writing on Instagram, he said, “It’s 30 days to the Eurovision grand final and we want to celebrate with the English version of VAQ.”

 

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The video of “I’ll Stay” features Blas singing the song, accompanied by Spanish musician Alberto Vela on piano.

Blas is also preparing a French version of “Voy a quedarme”, and teased la version française in a recent interview with wiwibloggs.

Blas Cantó – “I’ll Stay” music video

While the English lyrics of “I’ll Stay” are not a direct translation of “Voy a quedarme”, the English version does still capture the central message and themes of the original.

The song is a message of loyalty, with Blas saying “I made a promise to hold you forever by the hand / And that I won’t ever let go / So don’t worry here, I stand”. While on the surface the song does appear to refer to a romantic partner, it could also just as easily apply to a close relationship with a loved one.

While Blas will perform the original Spanish lyrics for his Eurovision 2021 performance, the English version of the song allows English-speaking fans to understand the song on a deeper level.

Blas Cantó – “I’ll Stay” lyrics

I’ll just stay the night so I can hear your voice again
Give me a memory
To hold onto now and then

I’ll just stay a little more and morning’s slipping in
And I have missed your touch
Drawing circles on my skin

Looking to the sky to only realise
The most precious thing I wanted here
Was laying right before my eyes

I made a promise to hold you
Forever by the hand
And that I won’t ever let go
So don’t worry here, I stand

To remind you like the first time
I will always love you more than yesterday
And no matter what, I’ll stay
And no matter what, I’ll stay

Sometimes I get insecure and all up in my head
But I know that what we have
Nobody will ever bend

And although we may well trip and fall time after time
I’ll be there through it all
And stay with you until the end

Doesn’t matter if the world falls apart
Or whatever comes tomorrow
I will always keep you in my heart

‘Cause I made a promise to hold you
Forever by the hand
And that I won’t never let go
So don’t worry here I stand

To remind you like the first time
I will always love you more than yesterday
And no matter what, I’ll…

Be your shelter when the sky is falling
The flame to light your darkest moments
No matter the distance I’ll be close

I made a promise to hold you
Forever by the hand
And that I would never let go
So don’t worry here I stand

To remind you like the first time
I will always love you more than yesterday
And no matter what, I’ll stay

What do you think of “I’ll Stay”? Should Blas perform the English version in Rotterdam? Or should he stick with the Spanish lyrics? Tell us your thoughts below.

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zelenovi
zelenovi
23 days ago

Blas seems such a lovely guy, and I hate that he’s stuck with this very bland material. He is so much better than this song, but unfortunately I can’t see Spain coming higher than bottom 5 this year. I will be the first to cheer if they do, I would love Spain to have a good year, but I am being realistic.

karworld
karworld
24 days ago

This English versión is amazing! It keeps the essence of the original, with great lyrics too. In fact, very touching, and hope Blas delivers a similar poignant version in May. I also hope this version helps all those ignoring our European cultural richness to realise what an amazing composition Voy a Quedarne is.

medo
medo
24 days ago

It’s not about language, it’s about different song since it’s an acoustic version.
I hope that revamped song will sound similar to it.

And btw, I still prefer Spanish and I’m glad that he confirmed that he won’t change it.

Shah
Shah
24 days ago

Ong we should campaign for him to sing in English. He could win this.

Shah
Shah
24 days ago

Omg. He should sing this is English. Top 3.

Patterick
Patterick
24 days ago

Wooow …. please sing it in english …. MUCHO MUCHO MUCHO BETTER !!!

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
24 days ago

I like the English version very much but I prefer the Spanish one. The song is very beautiful and I hope he will have a good result.

Tom
Tom
24 days ago

It’s good. Much better than Spanish one.

Vytautas
Vytautas
24 days ago

The fact that the English version actually sounds miles better than the Spanish one… I mean, Spain could literally fight for the 10-15th position with an English version while the Spanish one sounds so dull and regular for Spain.

Robert
Robert
24 days ago

All these snarky, shady, I know better remarks really annoy the crap out of me.. Yes it
is something we’ve probably heard before but beautiful nonetheless.. Disregarding someones talent is just pathetic behavior

Last edited 24 days ago by Robert
Guest
Guest
24 days ago

Spain will surpise everyone … I have said this already and after hearing this I can just confirm my thought <3

Martin
Martin
24 days ago
Reply to  Guest

I really hope so

Gurl
Gurl
24 days ago

I like the this version better than the original one, it’s more intimate and emotional. Change the lyrics to Spanish and you have a possible Top 15, or Top 10 even, with an outstanding staging. It’s very touching.

James
James
24 days ago

And he did write a beautiful song.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
24 days ago
Reply to  James

Well, if he did, he should have used it for Eurovision.

Roodi
Roodi
24 days ago

he wrote this song after the dead of gis father and grandmother show some respect.

James
James
24 days ago
Reply to  Roodi

Mr. Vanilla Bean has no respect for anyone’s dead family members as long as MVB dislikes the song that was written and dedicated for them.

Last edited 24 days ago by James
raylee
raylee
24 days ago

he’s so hot

raylee
raylee
24 days ago
Reply to  raylee

why downvotes for me 😀 that was the truth

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
24 days ago
Reply to  raylee

I dunno… The uninspired music and him trying so hard to make it meaningful with his ever so dramatic facial expressions kinda makes me wanna look away until the Ukrainian guy shows up.

medo
medo
24 days ago

You have some serious problems with Blas, as it seems.

We’ve already heard you, there is no need to spread your hate on him on every single article, it’s getting boring.

And btw, I love this song, I think it’s beautiful and it’s in my 6th place. Imagine that but we all have different taste.

Roodi
Roodi
24 days ago

His face expressions are real and that Ukranian dude is creepy.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
24 days ago

This was better than I expected it to be. Convinced me so much that I’m not against an English chorus being thrown into the final version if that’s the way Spain want to go.

Una
Una
24 days ago

This song has grown on me and could be in my top 19 in the GF. The Spanish version is better by far. By far. The English one is not convincing at all.

The song is quite mesmerizing melodically and being Spanish (not as spoken as English) the audience could focus on the music and interpretation. English would be distracting and would “cheapen” a song that is not that strong to begin with. So yes, it could fare better in Spanish but I think they already know that. I wish Blas all the best.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
24 days ago

Usually i don’t like English translations but like Norway this really works. I think if this is sung in English in the final it will have a greater impact with viewers. That said the original is a beautiful song

Impressive Instants
Impressive Instants
24 days ago

I think this song is very touching. I don’t get all the hate to be completely honest. Not a winner but clearly not among ghe worst.

ESCb
ESCb
24 days ago

I love Voy A Quedarme and this version doesn’t dissapoint at all. The lyrics are so beautiful and really touching. Blas himself seems like such a sweet person too.

Sot
Sot
24 days ago

Well, at least the song is better than the Spanish version but I really don’t think this would end up higher than 24th either… The main problem with the English version is the lack of emotion Blas’ pronunciation has, I think

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
24 days ago

Didn’t get better. Even Jendrik’s English pronunciation is less bad. I’m starting to think Spain should come last, even behind Germany.

Sergio
Sergio
24 days ago

What is even wrong with you? In which world do you think it is ok to complain about someone’s accent? It is because people like you that a lot non-native English speakers are afraid to speak English in public. If that’s all need to say, just stay silent.

Roodi
Roodi
24 days ago

I think Ukraine should come last because of that annoying white voice.