Photo: MKRTV

North Macedonia have found their groove again at Junior Eurovision. The country comes into 2022 on the back of two consecutive top-ten placings, and they’ll no doubt be hoping to continue this trend in Yerevan. Aiming to keep a good thing going are Lara, Jovan & Irina, who will perform “Životot E Pred Mene”.

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North Macedoina in Junior Eurovision 2022: Lara feat. Jovan & Irina with “Životot E Pred Mene”

North Macedonian broadcaster MKRTV held auditions for Junior Eurovision 2022 at their studios in June. Initially, Lara Trpčeska and Irina Dazidovska were selected as the country’s participants by the panel. But, during the creation of their song, it was decided that another voice would bring something extra to the performance. And so, Jovan Trpčeski was added to the line-up after helping to write the lyrics alongside Lara.

Lara and Irina knew each other before their Junior Eurovision collaboration, having taken part in a number of shows together. Both are also accomplished musicians — Lara plays the violin and Irina plays the piano. Irina is additionally a member of the Piccolo Children’s Choir, while Lara enjoys ballet and theatre.

As their entry to the contest demonstrates, Jovan is less into traditional singing and is instead a keen rapper. He’s already earned some awards for his ability to spit bars, finishing in second place at the hip-hop world cup in 2018.

What do the “Životot E Pred Mene” lyrics mean?

Compared to North Macedonia’s entry last year about climate change, this year’s doo wop-inspired song is cheerful and upbeat, and its lyrics are much more light-hearted. Most of the lyrics are in Macedonian, but the second chorus is sung in English.

“Životot E Pred Mene”, which translates to “Life Is Ahead Of Me”, is about young love – or rather, holding off from young love, which is a twist on the typical love song. The lyrics show two points of view: a boy who claims that he has a girlfriend, and a girl, who is surprised to hear this rumour because she is not ready to be anyone’s girlfriend.

As the song starts, Lara sings the part of the girl: “A message woke me up / Made me furious again”. Why? Because “My friend has shown me / His “insta” post / I don’t know why he does this / Showing off in front of his friends / That I’m his girlfriend”. That’s certainly quite a surprise for anyone to wake up to.  

The title of the song comes into play because of Lara’s perspective, “I have my life ahead of me / Every new day is perfect to me”, which means that for her, “I save love for another time / It’s still early for that”. As part of the post-chorus, the lyrics also get sassy when directed at the boy: “I don’t really care / For you anyway”.

The second verse, which features Jovan rapping, comes from the perspective of the boy: “She has no idea she’s gonna be mine soon / Easy as two and two, such an easy math to do”. Lara’s lyrics then respond with: “Let him dream, I won’t explain / Chemistry is what I need, rather than math”. Talk about a creative way to turn someone down.

All in all, the song is a cheerful bop that reminds us that it is OK to save love until the time is right.

“Životot E Pred Mene” lyrics – Lara feat. Jovan & Irina (North Macedonia JESC 2022)

Lyrics by: Jovan Trpcheski / Lara Trpcheska; Music by: Simon Trpcheski / Darko Dimitrov

Macedonian transliteration

{Lara:}
Poraka me razbudi
Toj od takt pak me izvadi
Drugarka mi, mi pokaža
Negova “insta” objava

Ne znam zoshto vaka parvi
Pak se fali pred drugari
Deka sum mu devojka!

Životot pred mene e
Sekoj nov den prekrasen e
Ima vreme za sakanje
Ushte rano e – pred mene e
Siekoj nov den prekrasen e
Ima vreme za sakanje
Ic gajle ne mi e
Ušte rano e (ušte rano)
A rano e (ra-ra-ra-rano)
Za sakanje (za sakanje)

{Jovan:}
Taa e opasna shmekerka
Vo shkolo glumi modna ikona
Ne e svesna ke mi padne v pregratka
Lesno kako dva I dva, prosta matematika!

{Lara:}
Minuva, pa ke namigne (Ej Lara)
Dofrla i misli interesen e (Interesen sum)
Neka si sonuva, ne objasnuvam
Hemija mi treba, a ne matematika

{Irina:}
Ne znam zoshto vaka parvi
Pak se fali pred drugari
Deka si mu devojka!

{Lara & Irina:}
I have my life ahead of me
Every new day is perfect to me
I’ll save love for another time
I have my life ahead of me
Every new day is perfect to me
I’ll save love for another day
So I don’t really care
I don’t really care
For you anyway
For you anyway, Nah ah

Ima denovi za sakanje
Toa ne mi treba, ne, ne
Živorot pred mene e
A ušte rano e

Životot pred mene e
Sekoj nov den prekrasen e
Ima vreme za sakanje
Ušte rano e (ušte rano)
A rano e (ušte rano)
Za sakanje (Ne za sakanje)

English translation

{Lara:}
A message woke me up
Made me furious again
My friend has shown me
His “insta” post

I don’t know why he does this
Showing off in front of his friends
That I am his girlfriend!

I have my life ahead of me
Every new day is perfect to me
I’ll save love for another time
It’s still early for that
Every new day is perfect to me
I’ll save love for another time
So, I don’t really care
It’s still early for that (still early)
Still early for that (ea-ea-ea-early)
For love (for love)

{Jovan:}
She is a dangerous drama queen
Acting as a fashion icon at school
She has no idea she’s gonna be mine soon
Easy as two and two, such an easy math to do!

{Lara:}
He winks when passing by (Hey Lara)
Comments and thinks he is funny (I’m funny)
Let him dream, I won’t explain
Chemistry is what I need, rather than math

{Irina:}
I don’t know why he does it
Showing off in front of his friends
That you’re his girlfriend!

{Lara & Irina:}
I have my life ahead of me
Every new day is perfect to me
I’ll save love for another time
I have my life ahead of me
Every new day is perfect to me
I’ll save love for another day
So, I don’t really care
I don’t really care
For you anyway
For you anyway, Nah ah

There are days for love
Don’t need it now, no, no
I have my life ahead of me
There’s time for that

I have my life ahead of me
Every new day is perfect to me
I’ll save love for another time
It’s still early for that (still early)
Still early for that (still early)
For love (Not for love)

Are you singing along to Lara, Jovan and Irina’s “Životot E Pred Mene”? Do you think North Macedonia can continue their run of top-ten entries? Let us know in the comments below.

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Purple Mask
Purple Mask
13 days ago

This is brilliant! Fantastically theatrical and musically insane, I love it.

eurofan
eurofan
16 days ago

Please no…..this is fun, fun, fun !!

Whisker
Whisker
17 days ago

The song is “kinda” ok *without* the boy’s part and the “chemistry not math” part. She says she doesn’t want it yet the boy claims she’ll be “his” EVEN THO she doesn’t know it. He’s disrespectful with that line, and with all other lines. Whoever decided to include the boy’s part should be fired.

microfibertowel
microfibertowel
18 days ago

A really nice underrated song but maybe not as good as their last entry.

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago

I want to hear the girl’s point of view from the Spanish song.

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Malta 2021, maybe.

microfibertowel
microfibertowel
18 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

maybe not the show skin or drunk part, though

Ria NL
Ria NL
18 days ago

I like this song very much, it is one of my favorites , I hope for a good result

eurofan
eurofan
16 days ago
Reply to  Ria NL

Totally agree….well said.

Vivian
Vivian
18 days ago

Cute song with a bouncy instrumentation. I think it would’ve been better off without the rapping though

eurofan
eurofan
16 days ago
Reply to  Vivian

You may be right.

Esc addict
Esc addict
18 days ago

Fun song underrated by the fandom again, of course it’s kid friendly and not a mainstream pop song with an heavy sound for adult clubbers so it’s underrated, predictable, as I will have the possibility to vote for 6 countries, 3 before the contest and 3 during the contest, one of my votes will go to them.

eurofan
eurofan
16 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Yes, I have a horrible feeling that it may do poorly at the contest, but I’m not changing my opinion that it’s one of the most joyful and uplifting songs this year.

VivaLaDiva
VivaLaDiva
18 days ago

shmekerka = drama queen? I hope this was a Google Translate error, not someone actually translating this.