Fresh off a top ten result last year, Lithuania are here to keep a hot streak going. This time, the Baltic nation are taking us from the discoteque to the minimalist electronic scene. Enter Monika Liu and “Sentimentai”.

Scroll down to read the “Sentimentai” lyrics

Lithuania in Eurovision 2022: Monika Liu “Sentimentai”

Monika Liubinaitė is a veteran of the Lithuanian music scene. She began her music career aged five, and won Dainų dainelė aged fifteen in 2004. She studied music at Klaipėda University and Berklee College of Music in Boston, United States, before moving to London and eventually settling in Vilnius.

She released her first album in 2015 and has since gone on to release two more. In addition to her music career, Monika is a judge on The Voice of Lithuania and The Masked Singer Lithuania. She is on record as saying that she aspired to compete at Eurovision for a while, but was waiting for the right time. She won the national selection Pabandom iš naujo! 2022 by impressing both the televote and the jury, earning 12 points from both.

What do the “Sentimentai” lyrics mean?

“Sentimentai” is written by Monika Liu herself and is the first song entirely in Lithuanian to compete at Eurovision since the country’s debut in 1994.

The song begins with Monika singing about the feelings of returning memories, “Knock knock knock, at night it’s knocking at my heart… a ghost, accompanied by memories”. She then describes the bad memories of her ex-partner, “Why are you laughing like a clown at my glassy eyes?”

In the chorus, she describes being tortured by these memories, “Moments are spinning in a circle in my head, they’re running where you are”. But these memories are, thankfully, fading, “A million roses like sentiments are drowning in the sea of clouds”.

The second verse goes more in-depth with the theme of fading memories, “That’s it – he’s never coming back, he arrived as black foam”. The “black foam” is a reference to a Lithuanian story of a woman waiting for her lover, who will appear as white foam if he’s alive or black foam if he’s dead. She also references the resort town of Nida in southern Lithuania, “I remember standing in the middle of the dunes of Nida, waving to a seagull so far, far away”.

The metaphors of the song are complex and beautiful. Whether or not the Eurovision viewership will be able to understand the song or not, we should still appreciate how deeply poetic the song is. Here’s hoping it will find more than a few fans in Turin this May!

“Sentimentai” lyrics – Monika Liu (Lithuania Eurovision 2022)

Written and composed by: Monika Liu

Original Lithuanian text

Tuk tuk tuk
naktį į širdį pasibeldžia
ilgesio pilna
atminimų lydima
dvasia

Tu, tai tu, tai tu
seniai matytas veide
Ko juokies lyg klounas
iš mano spindinčių akių?

Sukasi ratu galvoje momentai
bėga bėga ten, kur ir tu
Milijonas rožių lyg sentimentai
skęsta jūroje debesų

Ah

Ošia jūra nerami
man ašaros akyse
Viskas – jis nebesugrįš niekada
jis atplaukė juoda puta

Pamenu, kaip stoviu Nidos kopų vidury
Ir žuvėdrai moju
toli, toli

Sukasi ratu galvoje momentai
bėga bėga ten, kur ir tu
Milijonas rožių lyg sentimentai
skęsta jūroje debesų

Sukasi ratu galvoje momentai
bėga bėga ten, kur ir tu
Milijonas rožių lyg sentimentai
skęsta jūroje debesų

English translation

Knock knock knock
At night, it’s knocking at my heart
Full of longing
A ghost
Accompanies by memories

You, it’s you, it’s you
A face seen long ago
Why are you laughing like a clown
At my glassy eyes?

Moments spinning around in my head
They’re running back to you
A million roses like sentiments
Drowning in a sea of clouds

Ah

The restless sea is murmuring
There are tears in my eyes
That it – he’s never coming back
He arrived as black foam

I remember standing in the middle of the dunes of Nida
Waving to a seagull
So far, far away

Moments spinning around in my head
They’re running back to you
A million roses like sentiments
Drowning in a sea of clouds

Moments spinning around in my head
They’re running back to you
A million roses like sentiments
Drowning in a sea of clouds

Do you appreciate the lyrics of “Sentimentai”? How do you think Monika Liu will fare in Turin? Let us know below!

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Polegend Godnova
4 months ago

the lyrics are beautiful, and so is the lithuanian language. this is a wonderful contribution to the 2022 contest and it’ll stand out.

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
4 months ago

In my top 5. And she knows to deliver live.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago

Sweet lord she is beautiful.

Im so fab
Im so fab
4 months ago

This is class! If she doesn’t qualify, I’ll become insanely mad.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

Monika deserves to qualify. This is one of the artsiest and best entries this year!

Vivian
Vivian
4 months ago

This is such a magnificent entry. Monika is a lovely woman with a great song, and I hope she’ll go far in May

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

I absolutely, totally, completely LOVE this song. It’s perfect! Melody, lyrics, performance, dedication to art, it’s amazing. If ESC is really worth something, Lithuania will qualify.

sam
sam
4 months ago

such a timeless and classy entry, and probably my favorite lithuanian entry ever. it’s a lock for my 3 this year so i’ll be devastated if monika doesn’t qualify

sam
sam
4 months ago
Reply to  sam

for my top 3* cmon wiwi please let us edit our comments again ;(

Julie
Julie
4 months ago

DIVA!!!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
4 months ago

I don’t say that this isn’t quality, but she probably won’t qualify because this is not really something that appeals to everyone, including individuals who will be part of jury panel. And she performs very early followed by Switzerland.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

What appeals to everyone though?

Polegend Godnova
4 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

exactly… she’s coming after two high energy songs and before the text book definition of a pee break. she’ll be fine lol

Montell
Montell
4 months ago

The translation of the lyrics is not correct. It should read “A million roses and sentiments”.

Ugnius
Ugnius
4 months ago
Reply to  Montell

Nope, it is correct. Lithuanian word ‘lyg’ means ‘like’

Ieva
Ieva
4 months ago
Reply to  Ugnius

It sounds like she sings “ir” though.