Irama

“Ovunque sarai” is Irama‘s entry for Sanremo 2022. Last year the singer could only perform at the festival via a rehearsal video. That was down to a member of his staff testing positive for Covid. Now Irama returns to take revenge.


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Sanremo 2022: Irama “Ovunque sarai”

Filippo Maria Fanti, aka Irama, rose to fame on the talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi, which he won in 2018.

He has already participated in Sanremo three times — the last being in 2021 with “La genesi del tuo colore”, which ranked fifth and became one of the most appreciated songs by Eurovision fans during the entire national finals season.

His music blends different genres and influences, ranging from pop and Italian songwriting to hip hop and reggaeton. Irama’s stage name, an anagram of his middle name, Maria, actually means “rhythm” in the Malay language.

What do the “Ovunque sarai” lyrics mean?

“Ovunque sarai” (Wherever you are) is an orchestral ballad with a crescendo that plays on the power of Irama’s voice. The lyrics are essential, without poetic superstructures. In the delicate images, we can sense that the artist is singing about an absence, the loss of a person in whose name he will continue to live.

Whether it is love as it is traditionally understood or any other form of love, the song is a promise to belong to each other forever, to be there in any event, in many other forms, even in the distance imposed.

Because the people who have left their mark on our lives never leave us: they remain in our gestures, in the nature we continue to inhabit, in the silences that accompany us, in the feelings that never die out.

“Ovunque sarai” lyrics – Irama (Sanremo 2022)

Written and composed by: Filippo Maria Fanti, Giuseppe Colonnelli, Giulio Nenna, Pablo Miguel Lombroni Capalbo, Vincenzo Luca Faraone

Italian text

Se sarai vento canterai
Se sarai acqua brillerai
Se sarai ciò che sarò
E se sarai tempo ti aspetterò per sempre

Se sarai luce scalderai
Se sarai luna ti vedrò
E se sarai qui non lo saprò
Ma se sei tu lo sentirò

Ovunque sarai, ovunque sarò
In ogni gesto io ti cercherò
Se non ci sarai io lo capirò
E nel silenzio io ti ascolterò

Se sarò in terra mi alzerai
Se farà freddo brucerai
E lo so che mi puoi sentire
Dove ogni anima ha un colore
E ogni lacrima ha il tuo nome

Se tornerai qui, se mai
Lo sai che io ti aspetterò
Ovunque sarai, ovunque sarò
In ogni gesto io ti cercherò

Se non ci sarai io lo capirò
E nel silenzio io ti ascolterò
Io ti ascolterò
Se sarai vento canterai

English translation

If you are wind you will sing
If you are water you will shine
If you are what I will be
And if you are time I will wait for you forever

If you are light you will warm
If you are moon I will see you
And if you are here I won’t know
But if it’s you, I’ll feel it

Wherever you are, wherever I am
In every gesture I’ll look for you
If you are not there I will understand
And in the silence I will listen to you

If I’m on the ground you will raise me
If it’s cold you will burn
And I know you can hear me
Where every soul has a color
And every tear has your name

If you come back here, if you ever
You know I’ll be waiting for you
Wherever you are, wherever I am
In every gesture I’ll look for you

If you are not there I will understand
And in the silence I will listen to you
I will listen to you
If you are wind you will sing

What do you think of “Ovunque sarai”? Could it win Sanremo? Would it work at Eurovision? Comment below.

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Sama
Sama
10 months ago

This song make me cry.
Go to Eurovision, Irama. ??

Europotato
Europotato
10 months ago

Sorry this is 100 times better than Mahmood and blanco. The video in this is also so beautiful. His voice is just piercing. Love love love this.

Tomi
Tomi
10 months ago

Anyone knows when France, Belgium & Switzerland are going to reveal their songs?

Tomi
Tomi
10 months ago
Reply to  Tomi

When is it taking place then…? eurovisonworld.com doesn’t list the French NF on their calendar, though…

Ryan
Ryan
10 months ago
Reply to  Tomi

They are still having Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez!, they just haven’t confirmed a date for it yet. Switzerland originally said that they were gonna reveal their artist in December but that obviously didn’t happen. I don’t think anyone knows when Belgium will release their song

Roodi
Roodi
10 months ago

fun fact did you know he is transphobic?

Chris
Chris
10 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

Really?

Last edited 10 months ago by Chris
Laz
Laz
10 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

Lmaoooo he said “Fare a pugni con quel tram”
and a trans woman said in public that she is disgusted that he said ‘Voglio fare a pugni con quel trans” = Hit a trans woman

He is Tramophobic not transophobic

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago

Thank you so much for these articles, Cristian! Sanremo is a paradise for people that like good lyrics. With rare exceptions, songs competing there tend to be very well written and emotional.