Marco Mengoni will sing “Due Vite” for Italy at Eurovision 2023. 

The Italian superstar is hoping to bring Italy another good Eurovision result in Liverpool, ten years after his song contest debut.

Scroll down to read the “Due Vite” lyrics.

Italy in Eurovision 2023: Marco Mengoni with “Due Vite”

Marco Mengoni is a 34-year-old Italian singer and songwriter. He first found fame in 2009, when he won the Italian version of The X Factor. A year later, he made his Sanremo debut, placing third overall with his song “Credimi ancora”. In 2013, he returned to Sanremo and won the festival with his song “L’essenziale”, which went on to place seventh for Italy at Eurovision 2013 in Malmö.

Marco has released seven studio albums, achieving 68 platinum certifications along the way. He’s a multi-award winning singer-songwriting, picking up accolades for Best European Act and Best Italian Act at the MTV European Music Awards. Elsewhere, he was the first Italian artist ever to perform at the Billboard Film and TV Music Conference in Los Angeles and at MTV World Stage in Milan. 

What do the “Due Vite” lyrics mean? 

 
 
 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Marco Mengoni (@mengonimarcoofficial)

“Due Vite” translates to English as “two lives”. The metaphor-filled song is about how the lives of two former lovers drift apart after a breakup. The pain of Marco’s breakup makes him feel like he is “stuck in time”, as the significant other is metaphorically transformed into a desert that seems unknown to him — “And I don’t know your desert well yet”.

He describes the pair’s separation using vibrant imagery: “We’re a book on the floor, in an empty house that looks like ours”, “You look like a blurry photo”. 

The chorus is an emotional display of remorse, nostalgia, tension and regret. “If this is the last song and then the moon will burst, I will be there telling you that you’re making a mistake you’re wrong and you know that”. Yet, the song seems to leave a door open for a different scenario, a hope for a return of the loved one and the chance of a brand new start.  

“Due Vite” lyrics — Marco Mengoni (Italy Eurovision 2023)

Original text (Italian)

Siamo i soli svegli in tutto l’universo
E non conosco ancora bene il tuo deserto
Forse è in un posto del mio cuore
Dove il sole è sempre spento
Dove a volte ti perdo
Ma se voglio ti prendo

Siamo fermi in un tempo così
Che solleva le strade
Con il cielo ad un passo da qui
Siamo i mostri e le fate
Dovrei telefonarti
Dirti le cose che sento
Ma ho finito le scuse
E non ho più difese

Siamo un libro sul pavimento
In una casa vuota
Che sembra la nostra
Il caffè col limone
Contro l’hangover
Sembri una foto mossa
E ci siamo fottuti ancora una notte
Fuori un locale
E meno male

Se questa è l’ultima
Canzone e poi la luna esploderà
Sarò lì a dirti che sbagli
Ti sbagli e lo sai
Qui non arriva la musica
E tu non dormi
E dove sarai
Dove vai
Quando la vita poi esagera
Tutte le corse gli schiaffi gli sbagli che fai
Quando qualcosa ti agita
Tanto lo so che tu non dormi dormi dormi dormi dormi mai
Che giri fanno due vite

Siamo i soli svegli in tutto l’universo
A gridare un po’ di rabbia sopra un tetto
Che nessuno si sente così
Che nessuno li guarda più i film
I fiori nella tua camera
La mia maglia metallica

Siamo un libro sul pavimento
In una casa vuota
Che sembra la nostra
Persi tra le persone
Quante parole
Senza mai una risposta
E ci siamo fottuti ancora una notte
Fuori un locale
E meno male

Se questa è l’ultima
Canzone e poi la luna esploderà
Sarò lì a dirti che sbagli
Ti sbagli e lo sai
Qui non arriva la musica
E tu non dormi
E dove sarai
Dove vai
Quando la vita poi esagera
Tutte le corse e gli schiaffi gli sbagli che fai
Quando qualcosa ti agita
Tanto lo so che tu non dormi
Spegni la luce anche se non ti va
Restiamo al buio avvolti
Solo dal suono della voce
Al di là della follia che balla in tutte le cose
Due vite guarda che disordine

Se questa è l’ultima
Canzone e poi la luna esploderà
Sarò lì a dirti che sbagli
Ti sbagli e lo sai
Qui non arriva la musica
Tanto lo ѕo che tu non dormi dormi dormi dormi dormi mai
Che giri fаnno due vite
Due vite

English translation

We’re the only ones awake in the whole universe
And I don’t know your desert well yet
Maybe it’s in a place in my heart
Where the sun is always dull
Where I sometimes lose you
But if I want I’ll catch you

We are stuck in such a time
That lifts up the streets
With the sky one step from here
We’re the monsters and the fairies
I should call you
Saying to you the things that I feel
But I’ve run out of excuses
And I don’t have defences anymore

We’re a book on the floor
In an empty house
That looks like ours
Coffee with lemon
Against the hangover
You look like a blurry photo
And we fucked up for another night
Outside a club
And thank goodness

If this is the last
Song and then the moon will burst
I will be there telling you that you’re making a mistake you’re wrong and you know that
The music doesn’t get here
And you don’t sleep
And where will you be
Where are you going
When the life then exaggerates
All the rushes the slaps and the mistakes you do
When something upsets you
But I know that you never sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep
What rounds make two lives

We’re the only ones awake in the whole universe
Screaming in anger a bit on a rooftop
That no one feels like that
That no one watches the movies anymore
The flowers in your room
My metal shirt

We’re a book on the floor
In an empty house
That looks like ours
We’re lost among people
So many words
Without an answer
And we fucked up for another night
Outside a club
And thank goodness

If this is the last
Song and then the moon will burst
I will be there telling you that you’re making a mistake you’re wrong and you know that
The music doesn’t get here
And you don’t sleep
And where will you be
Where are you going
When the life then exaggerates
All the rushes the slaps and the mistakes you do
When something upsets you
But I know that you never sleep
Turn the light off even if you don’t feel like
We sit in the dark shrouded only
In the sound of the voice
Beyond the madness that dances in all the things
Two lives, look at the mess

If this is the last
Song and then the moon will burst
I will be there telling you that you’re making a mistake you’re wrong and you know that
The music doesn’t get here
But I know that you never sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep
What rounds mаke two lives
Two liveѕ

What do you make of the “Due Vite” lyrics? Could Italy obtain a good result in the grand final? Let us know in the comments down below.

 

23 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Enta
Enta
9 months ago

I love Marco’s song, best song of Eurovision 2023 and I think Italy always scores with their artists and songs. SUBLIMA CANZONE ?

Vibeke
Vibeke
9 months ago

There’s no her…. it’s about the concious and the unconcious in all of us… 🙂 The ups and downs… the dream and reality ( 2 lives) etc 🙂

Daxo
Daxo
11 months ago

I prefer Mi Fiderò by a very long mile.

Also: No Stress, Neruda, Ma Stasera, Come Neve.

2 Vite is not doing it for me at all. Hope he changes it.

Roger
Roger
11 months ago

High musical quality and I really liked the song; if he plans to change the song, it would also be okay and I would support him 🙂

Richard
Richard
11 months ago

The more I hear this and see Marco perform it, the more I love it

Alex
Alex
11 months ago

it will crash and burn. He should select a different song.

Fabian
Fabian
11 months ago

Italy’s song is one of my favorites; I really liked the song; much better than the selected songs so far.

Joseph
Joseph
11 months ago

High musical quality; rather than overhyping Loreen; this song and singer should also be given the value that they deserve.

Thomas
Thomas
11 months ago

I really liked this song and I would definitely vote for Marco from Norway.

Mqe
Mqe
11 months ago

It’s a beautiful song, Marco is a great singer and has a ton of charisma. What’s not to love?

Eve
Eve
11 months ago

I din’t know how for you guys , but for me is nr1 song this year. I feel all those emotions, I get goosebumps EVEN when it’s translated to English with google.
Not any single song make me feel this way now. I want (and I do) play it over and over again….
My winner .
<3

Michael
Michael
11 months ago

I really liked this song and I would be also fan of Marco Mengomo if he decides to send another song for Eurovision ( saw some news on it). Apart from this; the lyrics are really great; hope that juries and public will give the deserve value for this song 🙂

James
James
11 months ago

unfortunately, he gives me “sub-bottom energy”…Like Mahmood

Emilio
Emilio
11 months ago
Reply to  James

wtf?

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
11 months ago
Reply to  James

Again. Each time there is a news on Marco Mengoni there is this idiot writing the same thing. Please, you have a mental disorder. For real. Go to see a psycho or an exorcist. You desperately need one. I repeat what I already wrote. He may be a sub bottom as you write, but you definitely are 100% sub-human.

Andrea
Andrea
11 months ago

*his

James
James
11 months ago
Reply to  Andrea

Is there any truth to the rumor that “he” is Mahmood?

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago

I think there is still hope for us.

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Things have been rough, but it’s just a bad patch. We can get through this. Marco’s not so sure, but he will come around.

Tony
Tony
11 months ago

I think this song deserve more attention; it’s lyrics are really beautiful; much better than the lyrics of Loreen’s generic, simple song.

EuroSerg
EuroSerg
11 months ago
Reply to  Tony

Oh man as an Italian I love Marco and the lyrics but Loreens lyrics are really good…the words chosen are just perfect. Like the pre-chorus and the chorus are so well written. Everyone saying it’s simple, doesn’t understand the lyrics…like using a tattoo as a comparison is just so clever

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago

Wonderful!

David
David
11 months ago

I have still some degree of expectations that Marco Mengoni and Italian delegation would choose another song, rather than “Due Vite” for Eurovision. He himself stated this possibility in Rai1 Tv interview.