Maiu Levi Lawlor Saor Disappear Ireland Junior Eurovision 2021

Like several other countrires, Ireland returns to Junior Eurovision 2021 after a forced one year break resulting from the ongoing pandemic. And, as has been the case since its 2015 debut, Ireland is sending an Irish-language song “Saor (Disappear)”. The number will be performed by 14-year-old Maiú Levi Lawlor.

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What do the “Saor (Disappear)” lyrics mean?

Unlike the main contest, Ireland’s Junior Eurovision efforts are managed by TG4 – a small Irish-language channel. Hence, the country’s entries have all been “as Gaeilge” (in Irish). A few phrases from other languages have slipped in over the years, most notably Latin in 2015 and English in 2016. This year Maiú will also add a little French to the mix.

He was chosen through the well-established Junior Eurovision Éire format. As in 2019, the show just determined the singer for Paris. The song was internally selected at a later stage. Maiú is no stranger to TV. His biggest gig to date was on the 2017 edition of The Late Late Toy Show — traditionally the most watched show on Irish TV every year. He performed the evergreen show tune “Don’t Rain On My Parade”.

Listeners may also recognise the etheral vocals of Anna Kearney on the track. She represented Ireland with “Banshee” in 2019.

Ireland in Junior Eurovision 2021: Maiú Levi Lawlor “Saor (Disappear)”

In both 2020 and 2021, several of the Junior Eurovision referred to the isolation and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns. However, few have been as on the nose as “Saor (Disappear)”.

The song title is slightly misleading in that the word “saor” typically translates to free. The inclusion of “disappear” in brackets appears to be an attempt to reinforce the number’s English refrain “you won’t make us disappear”.

Freedom is the main theme. Maiú, like just about everyone else in the world, craves a return to the freedoms we had pre-COVID. He sings of how his life has become so small. For more than a year, he’s been stuck at home, isolated from friends. He’s fed up of Zoom calls with teachers and adapting to all the new rules.

Nonetheless, he remains defiant. He won’t let his spirit be broken. There might not be anywhere to go, but he’ll dance on the table and imagine he’s wooing a girl in Paris. The words “you won’t make us disappear” act as a call to arms for his generation. He and his peers might be missing out on the usual rites of passage, but they haven’t lost their youth. And if the only way to channel that right now is to jump about on the furniture, so be it.

“Saor (Disappear)” lyrics — Maiú Levi Lawlor (Ireland JESC 2021)

Written and composed by: Niall Mooney, Lauren White Murphy, Anna Banks, Brendan McCarthy, Cyprian Cassar and Lesley Ann Halvey

Irish text

English translation

Stop na lámha ar an gclog
D’eirigh mo shaol
Mo shaol an-bheag
Éist leis an gclog
Le breis agus bliain
Sheas an t-am go docht
Gan chairde nó scoil
Aon áit le dhul
Aon áit le dhul
Seasaigí
Cuma faoi Rialachaí
C’est la vie
Níl muid inár suí
Na múinteoirí
Zoom TV
Anseo anseo damhsa ar an mbord
Is cuma liom céard
a cheapann tu fúm anois
Cloisim mo chara
Ag briseadh ón nós arís
Anseo, ‘sé fíor
Inár gcroíthe tá muid saor
Éistigí liom agus
Seas le na déagóirí
Fanaigí liom don oíche
Lán le spraoi arís
Anseo, ‘fós saor
You can’t make us disappear
You can’t make us disappear
‘nois táim anseo
Comme si comme ca
Ag teacht i dtír
Cloisim – Oo la la
Cloisim – Oo la la
An tú mo ghrá?
Mo chailín deas
Is me i bParii
an dtiocfaidh tú ar ais? an dtiocfaidh tú ar ais?
Seasaigí Cuma faoi
Rialachaí
C’est la vie
Níl muid inár suí
Na múinteoirí
Zoom TV
Anseo anseo damhsa ar an mbord
Is cuma liom céard
a cheapann tu fúm anois
Cloisim mo chara
Ag briseadh ón nós arís
Anseo, ‘sé fíor
Inár gcroíthe tá muid saor
Éistigí liom agus
Seas le na déagóirí
Fanaigí liom don oíche
Lán le spraoi arís
Anseo, ‘fós saor
You can’t make us disappear
You can’t make us disappear
Saor a chroí
Agus éistigí
Bígi
Saor a chroí
Seasaigí
Cuma faoi
Rialachaí
C’est la vie
Níl muid inár suí
Na múinteoirí Zoom TV
Anseo anseo damhsa ar an mbord
Is cuma liom céard
a cheapann tu fúm anois
Cloisim mo chara
Ag briseadh ón nós arís
Anseo, ‘fós saor
You can’t make us disappear
Éistigí liom agus
Seas le na déagóirí
Fanaigí liom don oíche
Lán le spraoi arís
Anseo, ‘fós saor
Inár gcroíthe tá muid saor
Inár gcroíthe tá muid saor
Stop the hands on the clock
My life, my life got very small
Listen to the clock
For more than a year
Time stood still
Without friends or school
Or anywhere to go – anywhere to go
Stand with me
Don’t care about rules
C’est la via
We’re not sitting down
The teachers
Zoom TV
Here, here
Dancing on the table
I don’t care
What you think about me now
I hear my friend
Breaking out of the norm again
Here, it’s true
In our hearts we are free
Listen to me and
Stand with the young people
Stay with me for the night
Full of fun again
Here, still free,
You can’t make us disappear
You can’t make us disappear
Now I’m here
Comme si Comme sa
Arriving on the land here I hear ooh la la
I hear ooh la la
Are you my love?
My lovely girl
With me in Paris
Will you come back? Will you come back?
Stand with me Don’t care about
Rules
C’est la via
We’re not sitting down
The teachers
Zoom TV
Here, here
Dancing on the table
I don’t care
What you think about me now
I hear my friend
Breaking out of the norm again
Here, it’s true
In our hearts we are free
Listen to me and
Stand with the young people
Stay with me for the night
Full of fun again
Here, still free,
You can’t make us disappear
You can’t make us disappear
Free, my dear and listen
Be free my dears
Stand with me
Don’t care about rules
C’est la via
We’re not sitting down
The teachers
Zoom TV
Here, here
Dancing on the table
I don’t care
What you think about me now
I hear my friend
Breaking out of the norm again
Here, it’s true
You can’t make us disappear
Listen to me and
Stand with the young people
Stay with me for the night
Full of fun again
Here, still free,
In our hearts we are free
In our hearts we are free

What do you think of “Saor (Disappear)”? How will it do in Paris? Let us know below.

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Addie
Addie
11 months ago

I didn’t like it at first, but this song slowly grew on me. It’s actually really good and very underrated. I’m not sure whether this would end up in the top 10, but no matter where it ends up, I will make sure I won’t forget this song! And Anna’s vocals in there surprised me! Ireland, you have given a solid comeback!

lisa thompson
lisa thompson
11 months ago
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love him he has so much personality. song is brilliant.

Tadhg
Tadhg
11 months ago

From an Irish speakers point of view this is a car crash, they can’t even get the title correct. It looks as if the writers picked a load of random phrases in English and then got someone with a very poor grasp of Irish to translate using Google, thumbs down from me.

Eurofan
Eurofan
11 months ago

Not too keen on the song but fair play to Ireland for bothering to participate. Let’s address the elephant in the room. The UK is the only big five member from the adult contest not to enter. What’s more no Nordic countries either. This really devalues the contest. Come to the party. The more countries the better.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
11 months ago

I like the song

Darren
Darren
11 months ago

It’s fun, it’s catchy and Maiú is, in the words of Louis Walsh, a ready made pop star. Expect to hear more of him in the years to come.

JESC wise though, I’m sorry but I can’t see this placing any higher than 10th. Armenia has it on the bag.
But, JESC is a great first step forward and these are all kids, so as long as he has fun and enjoys the experience, then it’s a win. Singing in Irish is also no easy feat.
Best of luck

Aeria
Aeria
11 months ago

I like this. It’s probably not gonna do well, but it’s a solid song with a unique singer

Joe
Joe
11 months ago

An underrated entry. Hoping for a high-energy performance in Paris to get Ireland a strong result at last!