Luke Black will sing “Samo mi se spava” for Serbia at Eurovision 2023.

The London-based songwriter brings an avante-gard dual-language track to Liverpool, as he hopes to match Konstrakta’s 2022 success and secure another top five result for Serbia. 

Scroll down to read the “Samo mi se spava” lyrics. 

Serbia at Eurovision 2023: Luke Black with “Samo mi se spava”

Luke Black — real name Luka Ivanović — represents Serbia at Eurovision 2023 with his thumping electronic track “Samo mi se spava”, sung in both Serbian and English. 

30-year-old Luke won the Serbian national final Pesma za Evrovizijuearning his ticket to Eurovision by impressing the juries and public voters. 

What do the “Samo mi se spava” lyrics mean?

Have you ever felt so lonely and worn out by the world that all you can do is play video games to forget it all? Well, for all the gamers out there, Luke Black understands your pain. “Samo mi se spava” translates to “I just want to sleep” – and honestly, don’t we all sometimes?

“Samo mi se spava” stands out for its memorable use of metaphors that reference video game language throughout, with phrases including “I don’t wanna choose my fighter, who’s taking control of me?”, and “Hello? Game over”.

The lyrics describe Luke’s desire to escape feelings of hopelessness and despair. Right from the start, he paints a bleak picture: “Baby watch the world on fire, it is all a game to me”. Throughout the song, Luke repeats: “I just want to sleep forever, like it better when I dream” to escape a painful reality. That reality is empty and scary — a world of war, famine, and monsters.

When Luke asks “Hello?”, there is no one around to answer him back. The phrase “game over” that follows then becomes a desperate plea for whoever is controlling him to release him from this terrible game.

 
 
 
 
 
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“Samo mi se spava” lyrics — Luke Black (Serbia Eurovision 2023)

Songwriters: Luke Black

Original text (Serbian and English)

English translation

Baby, watch the world on fire
It is all a game to me
Oh, I don’t wanna choose my fighter
Who’s taking control of me?

Halo?
Samo mi se spava
Spavaj

I just wanna sleep forever (S-spavam)
I like it better when I dream
Želim zauvek da spavam (S-spavam)
Dok svet gori
I just wanna close my eyes (S-spavam)
And just get it over with
Želim zauvek da spavam (S-spavam)
Dok svet gori

A noć je, beskonačni sati (Tik-tik-tak)
Na ramenu đavoli
Želim samo večno spati
Tako da ih pobedim

Halo?
Game over
(Spavaj)

I just wanna sleep forever (S-spavam)
I like it better when I dream
Želim zauvek da spavam (S-spavam)
Dok svet gori
I just wanna close my eyes (S-spavam)
And just get it over with
Želim zauvek da spavam (S-spavam)
Dok svet gori (This ends now)

War, glad je, bez nade
Savest spava (S-spava) dok svet gori
Gori, kraj je, mrak traje
Razum spava (S-spava) dok svet gori

S-spavaj
Samo mi se spava
Samo mi se spava

Baby watch the world on fire
It is all a game to me
I don’t wanna choose my fighter
Who’s taking control of me?

Hello?
I just want to sleep
Go to sleep

I just wanna sleep forever (Go to sleep)
Like it better when I dream
I want to sleep forever (Go to sleep)
As the world burns
I just wanna close my eyes (Go to sleep)
And just get it over with
I want to sleep forever (Go to sleep)
As the world burns

It’s night-time, countless hours (Tick-tick-tock)
Devils on my shoulder
I just want to sleep forever
That’s the way to beat them

Hello?
Game over
(Go to sleep)

I just wanna sleep forever (Go to sleep)
Like it better when I dream
I want to sleep forever (Go to sleep)
As the world burns
I just wanna close my eyes (Go to sleep)
And just get it over with
I want to sleep forever (Go to sleep)
As the world burns (this ends now)

War, there’s a famine, no hope
I’m just sleeping as the world burns
It burns, it’s the end, darkness goes on
The reason is sleeping as the world burns

Go to sleep
I just want to sleep
I just want to sleep

What do you think of “Samo mi se spava”? Will Luke Black qualify for the final? Share your thoughts below.

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Dracor
Dracor
1 year ago

The title is extra funny in my language. Phonetically it translates to “It welds itself for me” 😀

UnaNuria
UnaNuria
1 year ago

“The reason is sleeping as the world burns”

This line in the lyrics is not translated well. What is translated as “the reason” is acutually “common sense”.

I see someone already mentioned this in the comments, but they stated that it should be translated as “Conscience is asleep as the world burns “. I think this would be a better translation than “reason”, but still think “common sense” is a more accurate translation of the meaning.

CherryLee
CherryLee
1 year ago

I love Luke, he is such a lovely person.

Fatima
Fatima
1 year ago

Has anyone else noticed that this is the second Serbian entry in a row to feature lobsters. Wasn’t Konstrakta eating one at the start of the video for In Corpore Sano?

Zhenia
Zhenia
1 year ago

I’m a Ukrainian and on the day when the war began , I fell asleep in the middle of the day and slept for 2 days straight, because every time I seemed to wake up I remembered the news and I wanted to go to bed again. So, the concept of the song speaks to me. It’s a coping mechanism a lot of people employ in stressful situations.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

Eventually commenters are going to learn that I really dislike this song. I know that’s bad of me, and I’m so sorry. The concept of a sleepy conscience has been done before at Eurovision, and what Luke adds to it is his style. I like Luke’s style, but the problem is that the message of the song appears to be without hope, and that is why I cannot like it.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

The song could be heard as a realization of what’s happening. That in itself is hope? That the listener is not the only person to care, that others can also see the world around us for what it is, that maybe this will dawn on more people too.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

Leading to change.

Kiki
Kiki
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Would you like it better if the message was “dream on, dreamer, life is beautiful and there’s no war, famine and ugly things,” I wonder?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Kiki

Good question. Perhaps I’d want to “dream of the future I want to create”, or “dream of how to make a difference.” Or better yet, maybe “dreams are an unwelcome distraction.”

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Sometimes you want to listen to something gloomy and relates to your current feelings. Sometimes a more “hopeful” message can come across as cliché’ or even patronizing. I absolutely adore this entry and how Luke wrote and performed it.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 year ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

more because Luke delivers it in also quite a entertaining way with the video game vibe and how he also perfectly acts like the lead character in that ”video game” with the right emotion through his vocals to fit well with the mood of the song

also think he definitely should be a model as well, some of those movements on stage, so slick, smooth, elegant and he looks so handsome

Stevan
Stevan
1 year ago

“War, there’s a famine, no hope
I’m just sleeping as the world burns” it’s actually “War, there’s a famine, no hope
Conscience is asleep as the world burns “

flyaway
flyaway
1 year ago

I love this song, it really taps into my emo side, not gonna lie, lol. I also like how the languages are blended, and the references to gaming and things happening in the world are things a lot of people can relate to. Really hoping it moves through to the final!

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 year ago

I love this song! I love its experimental side, how he blends both languages and its clever, gamer culture related, metaphorically rich and relatable lyrics.
Samo mi se spava hits hard and the lyrics resonate with me a lot, I hope he makes it to the final, he’d be robbed if not!

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
1 year ago

I absolutely love everything about this entry

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
1 year ago

For me sleep isn’t rest, it’s a break from living. I’m not resting I’m just going to a different place for a few hours.

LukeBlackSTAN
LukeBlackSTAN
1 year ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

Sleep is just death with benefits

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
1 year ago
Reply to  LukeBlackSTAN

Temporary demise.

Kuhkatz
Kuhkatz
1 year ago

Like Luke Black just made a song of my life about 15 years ago. Depressing time and all that I did back then was to escape from reality through video games.

This has some potential left with its video game reference, this could be bigger in Liverpool if the staging is done well.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 year ago

The ultra-aggressive Serbian fans always used to put me off; say anything critical about three plastic hairdressers and they’d down vote you to Hell or start crying about NATO.

Since Konstrakta though that’s all changed. I think she alienated a lot of the nationalists dressed up as ESC fans and so we have all the decent Serbian music fans left. I’m glad they’re continuing in the same intelligent, artistic direction. I’ll probably vote for Luke in the semis.

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
1 year ago

One of my favourites! I just love how Serbia has something different, just like last year

Vera
Vera
1 year ago

I adore this entry, we’ve never had anything like it before. This might as well be a dark horse, I think his performance will be the one to talk about.

nzzz
nzzz
1 year ago

Behind the scenes from PZE 23, LB – SMSS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h_H8Zjr1do

hellohi
hellohi
1 year ago

I enjoy the song but this guy cannot sing . Terrible live vocals . I’m prepared by the negative votes down as it hits a nerve

hellohi
hellohi
1 year ago
Reply to  hellohi

As I expected. People can’t honestly say that he can sing live

Mileva
Mileva
1 year ago
Reply to  hellohi

Go to his youtube channel and checkout his live performances, especially him on piano; also guitar. Yes, he can sing. It is the song with strong loud electro industrial sound, how can you mix this with strong vocals?

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 year ago
Reply to  hellohi

not perfect vocals but tbh i don’t believe in perfection myself, i love his vocals, something quite soft feminine which cuts through the rough darkness vibes of the entry beautifully, a nice contrast

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
1 year ago

I love the path Serbia has taken the last two editions! They’re on their way to become alternative powerhouse of Eurovision! Hoping the risk pays of this year as well so we can see even more underground alternative music from them in the future!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 year ago

Great message, delivered in such a cool way with the video game vibe

Serbia is on fire this year, and Luke is so hot too, i might be in minority but i love his casual outfit in his performance, nice contrast to the other characters

So hope he qualifies but very likely i am voting for him just to be sure

Most hype Loreen but this is more of a contender in terms of originality, sorry to say it as sweden have a decent dance song though