After winning Germany 12 Points, Malik Harris will represent his country in Turin at the Eurovision Song Contest this year with his song “Rockstars”. The German-American pop singer, rapper and songwriter will be heading straight to the final as Germany is of course one of the Big 5 automatic qualifiers.

Scroll down to read the “Rockstars” lyrics

Germany in Eurovision 2022: Malik Harris “Rockstars”

Malik Harris is the son of Ricky Harris, an American television presenter and actor from Detroit who is now based in Germany. Malik began getting into music at the age of 13, when he would play cover versions of songs on his guitar. He’s since released a flurry of singles and his debut album, Anonymous Colonist, dropped in 2021.

In early 2022, Malik was announced as one of the acts competing in Germany’s new national final, Germany 12 Points. Finishing first in the televote and second in the radio vote, Malik emerged victorious and was chosen as the country’s representative for Eurovision 2022.

What do the “Rockstars” lyrics mean?

Ahead of Germany 12 Points, Malik sat down for an interview with wiwibloggs and spoke about the meaning behind his song “Rockstars”:

“It’s a song that has incredible personal significance for me and offers a glimmer of hope in these difficult times, while also showing people that we’re all in the same boat.”

One may not believe that the actor Steve Carell had something to do with the creation of Malik’s track but the 40 Year Old Virgin star planted the seeds for the man from Landsberg am Lech to write his Eurovision song:

“After watching the US hit series The Office, there was a scene in which a character on the show utters the line ‘I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them’.

“The minute I saw that, I burst out crying – it really hit me. I realised how much time I spent in the past and wanting to get the feeling of being a child back. 

“The light-heartedness, when being happy was really easy. I realised how much I missed that. That’s when I immediately started writing the song about that feeling and realisation that the good old days are over.” 

But despite the melancholic nature of the song, it’s not all doom and gloom for Malik:

“But, that being said, what I try to do in my songs is try to convert a positive thing in the song. And this one is to live a life now and not just to focus on the good old days. The good old days don’t end, we just look for them in the past instead of right now.

No matter how dark the days get now, try to find the good things in your life now and then the ‘good old days’ never really end.”

“Rockstars” lyrics – Malik Harris (Germany Eurovision 2022)

Look where we are
We used to be the rockstars
Who never thought of no harm
‘Til this thing we call life stopped gleaming
I wish there was a way to go back dreaming
Remembering gets so hard
When time is moving so fast
Wish there was a way to know that we’re in
The good old days before we all just leave ’em

I tried getting rid of the pain
I tried to make it go away, but it probably won’t change
Always thinking ’bout my own worries
Remember back when we had no worries?
Now life just ain’t hitting the same
I sit and miss and reminisce about innocent old days
When I was afraid of nobody
Now I’m afraid of being a nobody

Don’t wanna leave my bed
I’ll just stay and never get it together
‘Cause the voices in my head
They keep saying it’ll never get better

Look where we are
We used to be the rockstars
Who never thought of no harm’
Til this thing we call life stopped gleaming
I wish there was a way to go back dreaming
Remembering gets so hard
When time is moving so fast
Wish there was a way to know that we’re in
The good old days before we all just leave ’em

Sometimes I got this kinda sting that’s right inside my chest
Its only purpose is convincing me that I’m a mess
And even though it’s always been an uninvited guest
It finds a way in nonetheless
Wish I could change my address
And you know
Just be somebody else for a couple of days
Although I’m pretty sure we all feel the same kinda way
‘Cause if you think about it
Aren’t we all set in a place
Where we look back at better days
And wish they weren’t so far away?
I wish that I could just go back and be the way I was
I wish I’d still not give a damn ’bout how I come across
I wish the way I saw myself had never gotten lost
In all the worries, all the thoughts, overthinking all the parts
So exhausted, always caught up inside my doubts and flaws
And I’ma count them all
Somebody catch me, I’m ’bout to fall
Yeah, I’m ’bout to fall
Can we press pause?
Or do a restart
And be who we are?

We used to be the rockstars
Who never thought of no harm
‘Til this thing we call life stopped gleaming
I wish there was a way to go back dreaming
Remembering gets so hard
When time is moving so fast
Wish there was a way to know that we’re in
The good old days before we all just leave ’em

Didn’t we?

(We used to be the rockstars)

Didn’t we?

(We used to be the rockstars)

(We used to be the rockstars)

Remembering gets so hard
When time is moving so fast
Wish there was a way to know that we’re in
The good old days before we all just leave ’em

What do you think of Malik Harris’s Eurovision 2022 song? Does the message of the “Rockstars” lyrics resonate with you? Let us know in the comments!

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Emily
Emily
3 months ago

My favourite song this year, the only one that really touched my soul. I don’t know why it didn’t get enough votes.

Maritta
Maritta
3 months ago

I totalt love it and the lyrics goes straight to my heart. I don’t understand the negative comments at all. My 12 points

Im so fab
Im so fab
4 months ago

The only weak BIG 5 entry this year
I can’t stand it.

Mqe
Mqe
4 months ago

I don’t get the Germany hate this year. Sure, the song sounds a bit dated, but it has heart, it is meaningful to the singer, he sings it with passion. And it’s actually quite catchy. Might even be left side of the scoreboard for me.

Karl
Karl
4 months ago

This is my 40 out of 40. Oh well
¯\_(?)_/¯

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

Yes, this is solid lyric writing!

Denis
Denis
4 months ago

I actually like this. There is something authentic and honest about Malik, especially the rap part. You believe him when he sings. I don’t think it will do as bad as people say

oli
oli
4 months ago

Aren’t wiwi juries votes this year? Maybe I missed this info…

Una
Una
4 months ago

The lyrics are good and the story they paint is relatable. They also sound honest which is great. Twelve points for the lyrics and the performer!!!

Lambert
Lambert
4 months ago

Would like to see Germany take a bit more risk, instead of selecting a middle-of-the-road type of talent show act.

Polegend Godnova
4 months ago

i don’t think it’ll tank as hard as many expect. i think it’ll escape the bottom 5 entirely. i’m not a fan of it myself and i think it could’ve been executed better, but the song has nostalgic lyrics and vibes that many casual viewers will relate to.

Christopher
Christopher
4 months ago

Would not be qualifying if it had to compete in a semi-final. Another bottom 5 finish looms.

pink bucket hat
pink bucket hat
4 months ago

oh he actually says ‘so fast’ i thought he said ‘so far’ cause he put a big american R in the middle of the word 😮

Vivian
Vivian
4 months ago

Well this song sure exists