Switzerland’s Remo Forrer is headed to Liverpool — and he comes in peace.
His Eurovision 2023 song “Watergun” carries a strong anti-war message with lyrics that call for us to put down our weapons.
“No, I don’t wanna be a soldier, soldier,” he sings. “I don’t wanna have to play with real blood…can’t turn around, no water guns, just body bags that we’ve become.”
Watergun: Remo Forrer shares Switzerland’s Eurovision 2023 song
“Watergun” also nods to the ways boys are taught to embrace violence from a young age. It suggests childhood games foment adult aggression — or at least warp our perception of what it means to be a man.
“We were boys, play pretend, army tanks, army men….Where do we go? We’re standing on the frontline. Where do we go?”
Remo’s deep and resonant voice works well with the song. It plays to many of his strengths, which you’ll remember from the third season of The Voice of Switzerland, where he wowed the crowds with covers of “Someone You Loved” and “Say You Won’t Let Go”.
Twenty-one-year-old Remo, who is also a trained sports goods salesman, understands the significance of what lies ahead.
“For a Swiss musician there is nothing greater than the Eurovision Song Contest,” he says in the official SRF statement. “For me it’s the music ‘Champions League’ and an enormous honour.”
“The ESC is the biggest music event there is, and I find it incredibly inspiring to be in a place where all the participants share the same passion for music.”
What do you think of the song? Do you think that Switzerland can qualify from Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2023?