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From the small town to the big city! Wellboy is one of the eight finalists of Vidbir, Ukraine’s selection for Eurovision 2022. With “Nozzy Bossy”, which phonetically means “barefoot” in Ukrainian, he sings about the importance of connecting with the land underneath your feet.

Scroll down to read the “Nozzy Bossy” lyrics

Wellboy “Nozzy Bossy” in Vidbir 2022

Wellboy — that’s Anton Vel’boy — grew up in the Sumy Oblast village of Hrun’. He rose to fame in 2019 while participating in the Ukrainian version of X Factor. With his nasal voice and interesting stage persona, he quickly gained a strong fanbase and following. Among them was Andriy Danylko – the man behind Eurovision 2007 drag queen Verka Serduchka – who often referred to Wellboy as his favourite act. 

He debuted on the Ukrainian music scene with the single “Viter” (“Wind”) in 2020. However, his big break didn’t come until last summer when he released “Husy” (“Geese”), which was one of the largest streaming and radio hits in the country during the second half of 2021. A follow-up single, “Vyshni” (“Cherries”), was met with the same amount of success. 

Wellboy rose to fame with a style that combines countryside kitsch with rap and alternative pop — in stark contrast to the typical Ukrainian pop star. His Vidbir 2022 entry “Nozzy Bossy” will therefore be a unique release in his catalogue, as it’s his first song with some English lyrics

What do the “Nozzy Bossy” lyrics mean?

In “Nozzy Bossy”, Wellboy tries to reconnect with the ground underneath his feet. In the first verse of the song, the narrator says that the protagonist, a girl, should not forget her roots in the countryside.

Her roots made her who she is and they’ll be able to bring her home as disaster will eventually pass. The girl is asked why she would like to sit inside all day when she can also go outside to feel the Earth on which she lives. Wellboy sings: “If you could without effort just earn a few thousand without going out of [your] home / Then neither me, nor you, family and distant relatives would ever bathe at all in [your] life, no-no-no”.

However, in the second Ukrainian verse, at the end of the song, it is revealed that the narrator is actually in love with the girl: “If we were on Hoverla, climbed on Bukovel, I would get up and scream from the top, na-na-na / If you were a model, I would climb into your home / I would go for tea with you on a dark night, no-no-no”. Therefore, Wellboy wants this girl to return to her native village so they can meet again on the same grounds they grew up on.

 
 
 
 
 
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Wellboy said the following about his entry for Vibdir 2022 in a press release: 

“‘Nozzy Bossy’ — about the strength of the village, about all the barefoot people who walk on this planet. I consider myself barefoot. I’m going somewhere, I don’t know where. But I go barefoot and I’m thrilled. And this song is about all such people, with whom you always have the strength of the village, the land that gives you energy. There are a lot of deep things in this song.”

“Nozzy Bossy” lyrics — Wellboy (Vidbir 2022)

Music and lyrics: Anton Vel’boy, Yevhen Garbarenko, Serhii Yurov and Stepan Oliynik

Original lyrics

Щоб не робив ти, де б ти не була
З тобой завжди буде сила села (сила села!)
Лиха минає, вернися домів,
Мрії здійсняться, тільки повір
Якби можна без зусилля було просто не виходячи із дому заробити пару тищ, на-на-на
То б ніколи більше у житті не я, не ти, сім’я й далекі родичи вобще б не парились, но-но-но

А нозі босі, босі, досі я в дорозі,
Мила зачекай, сонце на моєму боці,
А нозі босі, босі, досі я в дорозі,
Аяйой, Well done, Wellboy.

We are leaves of one big tree even you and even me, and my mission is to win
With Nozzy Bossy,
Feel the vibe of native lands gives me power and I dance,
My sunflower is growing fast
Like Nozzy Bossy.

Якби були на Говерлі, бугелі на Буковелі, я б піднявся і з вершини закричав, на-на-на
Якби ти була моделю я б заліз в твою оселю
Нічкой темною до тебе я б на чай но-но-но

А нозі босі, босі, досі я в дорозі,
Мила зачекай, сонце на моєму боці,
А нозі босі, босі, досі я в дорозі,
Аяйой, Well done, Wellboy

English translation

So that you didn’t do it wherever you are
The power of the village will always be with you (power of the village)
Disaster is passing, return home
Dreams will come true, just believe
If you could without effort just earn a few thousand without going out of [your] home
Then neither me, nor you, family and distant relatives would ever bathe at all in [your] life, no-no-no

But barefoot, bare, I am still on the road,
Dear, wait, the sun is on my side
But barefoot, bare, I am still on the road
Ayoy, Well done, Wellboy.

We are leaves of one big tree even you and even me, and my mission is to win
With Nozzy Bossy,
Feel the vibe of native lands gives me power and I dance,
My sunflower is growing fast
Like Nozzy Bossy.

If we were on Hoverla, climbed on Bukovel, I would get up and scream from the top, na-na-na
If you were a model, I would climb into your home
I would go for tea with you on a dark night no-no-no

But barefoot, bare, I’m still on the road
Dear, wait, the sun is on my side,
But barefoot, bare, I’m still on the road
Ayoy, Well done, Wellboy

What do you think about Wellboy’s “Nozzy Bossy”? Is it your favourite for Vidbir 2022? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Garbo
Garbo
11 months ago

Well done, Wellboy!

#synthsareawesome
#synthsareawesome
11 months ago

One tiny mistake in your translation: “parylys” doesn’t mean “bathe” in the context of the song. It’s a Ukrainian slang for caring. The correct translation would be ” Then neither or you or our or distant relatives would not bother at all”

Aria
Aria
11 months ago

This is kinda charming. I always get soft when I see animals included.

Sven
Sven
11 months ago

Hope nothing bad will happen, I like Wellboy, he seems a very charming and generous guy, he is only 21 but I think he has an amazing stage presence and his song is a fun BOP , I wouldn’t be sad if he win tomorrow

Last edited 11 months ago by Sven
Tom
Tom
11 months ago

He is the best!

Leo
Leo
11 months ago

From the look of things, anyone who wins Vidbir will not go to Turin.
Sadly it seems Ukraine should withdraw in the end.

Nick
Nick
11 months ago
Reply to  Leo

unfortunately it could be, seems like Russia going to invides Ukraine again, but I’m really really hope it will not happen , my prays go to all Ukrainian friends

Jamie
Jamie
11 months ago
Reply to  Leo

Let’s hope not. Ukraine is my favorite country in ESC 🙁

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

If the invasion happens and it causes Ukraine to drop out, Russia should be kicked out too for being the instigator.

Last edited 11 months ago by BadWoolfGirl
Sanka
Sanka
11 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Agreed.

Aron
Aron
11 months ago
Reply to  Leo

If they do, hope EBU ban Russia and Belarus then aswell, poor Ukraine 🙁