Photo: Ninuca Kakabadze

Iru will sing “Echo” for Georgia at Eurovision 2023.

The former Junior Eurovision champion is giving it her all in Liverpool as she hopes to get Georgia back into the Eurovision final after a five-year non-qualification streak.

Scroll down to read the “Echo” lyrics. 

Georgia at Eurovision 2023: Iru with “Echo”

Iru Khechanovi is a 22-year-old Georgian singer. She earned the right to represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 after winning the fifth season of The Voice Georgia.

In 2011, Iru represented Georgia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as part of the girl-group Candy. Their sugar-loaded track “Candy Music” won the competition, scoring 108 points.

What do the “Echo” lyrics mean?

According to Iru, “Echo” is about love and listening to one’s inner voice.

She said: “The message of the song is the fight of love and the manifest of faith. Echo is my inner voice and manifestation of love and peace”.

 
 
 
 
 
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“Echo” lyrics – IRU (Georgia Eurovision 2023)

Songwriters: Giorgi Kukhianidze, Iru Khechanovi and Beni Kadagidze

Days in a row I’m thinking I know
I’ve got a big faith, my love is my crown
Will be better way, will be better day now
It is not a secret

Life is love
Thing is known
Like in dreams
Chamgaraga-ga-chamgara

Going through the life together
Going through the life together
Chamgaraga-ga-chamgara
Like in dreams

Days in a row I’m thinking I know
I’ve got a big faith, my love is my crown
Will be better way, will be better day now
It is not a secret

Days in a row I’m thinking I know
I’ve got a big faith, my love is my crown
Will be better way, will be better day now
It is not a secret

Going through the life together
Going through the life together

Chagadaradamda-chamgaradamda-chamgaradamda-chamgara
Chagadaradamda-chamgaradamda-chamgaradamda-chamgara

Life together, life together
(Chanting)

Days in a row I’m thinking I know
I’ve got a big faith, my love is my crown
Will be better way, will be better day now
It is not a secret
Chamgaraga-ga-chamgara

My soul’s like a fortress, I feel I progressed
Words getting worthless, love is a wordless
Oh when life is loved, loved

Days in a row I’m thinking I know
I’ve got a big faith, my love is my crown
Will be better way, will be better day now
It is not a secret

Chamgaraga-ga-chamgara

What do you think of “Echo”? Will Iru qualify for the final? Share your thoughts below.
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ESC Stan
ESC Stan
11 months ago

I totally get the message of the music video. I mean, who hasn’t gotten tangled up in their sheets when they’re trying to make their bed!

Leif Christensen
Leif Christensen
11 months ago

Here’s my take. It’s a good song although not a personal favourite of mine (at least at this point in time). Good nonetheless. And will probably be both well sung and staged. Now. The actual lyrics are gammatically incorrect in places. There’s no debating that. It’s not just “poetic phrasing”. To me, that puts a big old hole in the idea that tries to sell this as intentially “mysterious and open to interpretation”. That’s nonsense. Mysterious, sure… but obviously not entirely on purpose. The notion that this was written by an AI isn’t that far fetched. The good news is… Read more »

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
9 months ago

People troll a lot over the lyrics with this, but it’s a ruminative song. ‘Love is a wordless’ is clearly an uncompleted thought it needs some … after it.

The ‘chamgara’ parts are not lyrics, they are where the voice is used as an instrument.

And it’s sung as
Days in a row
I’m thinking, I know

It’s a series of thoughts, which work well enough with the hesitant vocals.

Wesley Hickey
Wesley Hickey
11 months ago

I think I understand the lyrics… I think this is her using her voice to carry a message of love and togetherness. Her voice being singular and powerful, only one answer. If love was our crown, that crown being a paragon symbol of authority, it would be something we all would want to achieve. If everyone was filled with love, no fighting or war, it would be a better day. That is not a secret. If we all walked together, not against each other, or bringing another down, the world would be a lot better place. Like in all of… Read more »

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
11 months ago

So, that’s what it meant. Never would have guessed it. I still like it, though – weird lyrics and all.

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
11 months ago
Reply to  Patrick Pastor

All joking aside, I don’t really place much importance on lyrics – as a European music fan, I usually never understand any of the songs I love anyway. If it sounds good, it’s going on the playlist.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
9 months ago
Reply to  Patrick Pastor

It’s very clearly about the strength of love with the chorus affirming that strongly, though the verses display much more hesitancy and uncertainty. The choruses are clearly the fortress in the fight she described. What precise meanings beyond that are up to you, but I really don’t get the hate for this

Hop
Hop
11 months ago

It genuinely sounds to me like they had ChatGPT write the lyrics. It’s a shame really, she’s obviously a skilled singer, and the song is good in concept, but the lyrics are such a mess

Pat
Pat
11 months ago

*Piqued Jacks writes lyrics*
People: “ This is offensive. Worst ever! Garbage song and terrible lyrics!!”

*Georgia releases their song*
People: “Yasss Queen Slayyyyy Work!!!! Best Georgian song ever! Top 10 material right here!!!”

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
9 months ago
Reply to  Pat

It’s the best Georgian entry. She can sing too, it’s a great interpretation. The Same Marino singer just didn’t sing well.

Yeshoney
Yeshoney
11 months ago

Even my Asian cousins can write better English lyrics.

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
11 months ago

Sure, the lyrics could have been run through Grammarly (“there’ll be better days” maybe? “Going through our lives together”?) But the song itself is so dark and striking it almost doesn’t matter. I do feel with this fixed up it could have been a contender to win, but I feel, as it is, it will still rate highly possibly top 10.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
9 months ago
Reply to  ESC Stan

You have to combine the lyrics with how they are performed, it’s not meant to be normal speech. There’s a dreamy slow ruminative quality to the verses. The clue is ‘like a dream’.

Syl
Syl
11 months ago

I wouldn’t listen to that inner voice if I was you, girl ?

Oy oy
Oy oy
11 months ago

The first time I heard it I didn’t even realize it was in English :/ And that’s not a joke! Nonetheless I think this can be a big surprise on the grand night with the right staging and do especially good with the juries (but she needs to improve her English). Good luck!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
11 months ago
Reply to  Oy oy

she doesn’t have to improve her english, her english in interviews is very good 😉

this is on purpose

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Her song is written with bad English on purpose? Well then.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
11 months ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

well Nina Sublatti gave us the made up word ”oximated” in 2015

very quirky i find that, but yes i would’ve loved a few georgian phrases, it is a good song but not as great as her jesc22 co-composition for them for their Mariam Bigvava ”I Believe”

but Georgia always has a weak spot with me in this contest, last years Circus Mircus were in my top 3

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Circus Mircus were my 2nd last year haha

Sebastian
Sebastian
11 months ago

‘Thing is known. Chamgara-ga-chamgara.’ ??

But even with these awful lyrics it’s still the best Georgian entry since 2015

Colin
Colin
11 months ago
Reply to  Sebastian

For me, since 2016. The 2016 song is so underrated among fans.

Efthymios
Efthymios
11 months ago
Reply to  Colin

In 2016 they didn’t send just a song but an entire statement. F***** incredible entry.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
9 months ago
Reply to  Sebastian

The chamgara section isn’t the lyrics, it’s where the voice is used as an instrument.

Thallo
Thallo
11 months ago

I don’t understand why songwriters who don’t speak English can’t hire a cheap proofreader for €20?

Aaljan
Aaljan
11 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

Don’t care, l don’t care, I love the lyrics

Koil
Koil
11 months ago

Worst lyrics alongside Israel, not sure whether to laugh or cry so maybe I’ll do both.

Colin
Colin
11 months ago

There is something dreamy and mysterious in this, but the lyrics are clunky. The grammar in this song is not the clearest. The message could be anything from self-empowerment and being in love, to world peace and balance in the nature. Or anything else that the listener decides to project onto it. Interestingly enough, that even might be its advantage, as the majestic nature of the melody and the instrumental could evoke enough feelings on its own. Thus, making the spoken word fit into the narrative the listener has already created. Interestingly, throughout the years, including this year, some much… Read more »

Dani
Dani
11 months ago
Reply to  Colin

As much as I love this entry and really, really hope you’re right, the lyrics are heavily criticized on other places than Wiwibloggs, to the point that I’ve read quite a few times people hoping Georgia this year will be a NQ because of the lyrics.

Colin
Colin
11 months ago
Reply to  Dani

For me, the lyrics do bring my overall rating down, as they are too nondescript and grammatically off for my taste. However, if I take the whole package in consideration, this is certainly my qualifier from semi 2. The melody is great. The instrumental is very exciting. Iru’s vocals are outstanding. It’s a strong enough package to endure the lack layering in the lyrical department. I’d prefer if the lyrics were in Georgian if the bad translation is what caused this confusion. I hope and expect she qualifies.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

The lyrics aren’t clunky with how they are performed. Why do people ignore this? Lyrics aren’t just words on a page. They convey feelings, dreamy, ruminative, in the singing and music.

Zanoni
Zanoni
11 months ago

At least I’m glad wiwi resisted the urge to wait until April Fool’s Day to post this.

Nikki
Nikki
11 months ago

I speak five languages and this doesn’t make sense in any of them. It might play on her favour though, and get some “she’s cute and the song is funny” votes.

Lucas
Lucas
11 months ago

I love the entry. It’s currently my #4.
BUT these lyrics a comically nonsensical. Let’s not pretend.

Lucas
Lucas
11 months ago
Reply to  Lucas

*are
(Oh no, I’m already adopting the nonsense writing structure!)

Zanoni
Zanoni
11 months ago

I’ll be the dissenter/fool here. I think these lyrics are great! They’re cryptic and esoteric, but I do sense an artistic intentionality here. There’s that line “words getting worthless/love is a wordless.” That’s way too self-aware to be an accidental irony. And there’s “thing is known/like in dreams.” The thing is love, and she’s describing it in this song with a mystical dream language. This song is my #1. A potential all-time favorite.

Zanoni
Zanoni
11 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

At this point, they’ve surely heard the criticism, and it seems they’re sticking with the song, as they should.

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

They’re not allowed change anything now, it’s too late. That’s the risk of only revealing your song at the deadline, I suppose.

Thallo
Thallo
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I wonder what would happen if Iru changed the lyrics during her live performance at the Grand Final? Yes, it would sound messy as the backing vocals wouldn’t match, but at least she could redeem herself.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
9 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

It needs no redeeming. Great song.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
11 months ago

as a native speaker….this is nonsense. Trying to get any sort of meaning out of this would be reaching very far

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
11 months ago

It is not a secret that there is some mystery about the meaning of these lyrics. Iru’s own explanation that the lyrics are “the fight of love and the manifest of faith” is very deliberately cryptic. However, creatively this could be a very good thing. Yes, it’s true, I actually like this song. Here’s a small confession: Sometimes even I have written songs that have lyrics that are a bit cuckoo and “open to interpretation”. (Shocking, I know.) Some songwriters would rather focus on the musical message than the grammar, and this song certainly does that wholeheartedly. The lyrics are… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Cryptic, maybe, but the crypt is empty. Not even a cobweb. I don’t expect Tutankhamun’s treasures every time, but at least something.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I sense there’s going to be a long Wiwi Jury discussion about this one.

Aaljan
Aaljan
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Maybe what is empty is your brain, a lot of very shallow thinkers out there are struggling with Iru’s song.

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Aaljan

Go outside and take a breath.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
9 months ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

You have to admit that people troll over this song. For whatever reason they seem to hate someone involved with it.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
9 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I would say the sense in the lyrics is there, it’s ‘like a dream’, ‘I’m thinking I know’. Musical expression gives the words meaning, she sings in a ruminative, wandering way. Until the chorus which is the fortress, the strength in love.

Truth Speaker
Truth Speaker
11 months ago

Lyrics literally do not matter, they just help to express a certain emotion and sound that would fit the arrangement. Also comparing transcript to spoken text is worthless.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
11 months ago
Reply to  Truth Speaker

So said a lot of songwriters in 2023 so far. 🙂

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

These are the ESC entries this year (The English one’s at least) that I personally do not think are well written:

-Germany
-Norway
-Ireland
-Switzerland
-Azerbaijan
-Poland
-Georgia (The worst)
-Lithuania
-Australia
-San Marino
-Belgium
-Cyprus
-Greece
-Iceland

These are either very bland and uninspiring or just flat out badly written. This is just my opinion.

Aaljan
Aaljan
11 months ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

I suggest that you give Eurovision a miss this year.

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Aaljan

I suggest you give an opinion about the actual comment someone made and tackle what’s it’s trying to say instead of suggesting me to miss one of my favorite things in life because I dislike some songs. I dislike many songs every year, nothing new.

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

IDK if Purple Mask wants to answer your question so I’ll just give my answer.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
11 months ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

Thanks. It’s sometimes nice to sit back and let someone else do the work. 🙂

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I like making ESC related lists so it’s no work for me hehe

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Truth Speaker

Lyrics to me personally matter a lot. You don’t need to be super deep or anything. But you gotta have your song structed properly and have some kind of a meaning at least. Even if the meaning is basic like love, peace or simply having fun. Gotta give me something.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
11 months ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

Oh come on, words getting worthless, why do we need to use them properly? I feel I progressed without them. In all seriousness these lyrics are nonsense, but the biggest problem I have is that I think they were trying to say something but it got lost completely in the randomness of Google translation. I don’t mind songs in imaginary languages at all – “Sanomi” was my favourite in 2003 and I still listen to it because it manages to convey emotions without using an actual language. But I’m completely lost when it comes to “Echo” and that’s a shame… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
11 months ago
Reply to  ThorBeta

Sanomi Helé

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
9 months ago
Reply to  Truth Speaker

That can be the case, but here your second point is more pertinent. The singing shows the intent of the words. The chamgara part isn’t lyrics it’s the voice as an instrument.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
11 months ago

amazing lyrics, lovely to make fun of english language

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago

Or if the listener doesn’t speak English.

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

You don’t need to be an English speaker to not understand this song haha. I understood virtually none of what was sang in this song until I had the lyrics in front of my eyes.

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I do wish Echo was in Georgian (Don’t understand the song name BTW…)

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

The song is so empty, the echo will be heard all over the continent. My interpretation.

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

HA!

Andy
Andy
11 months ago

”Days In Row I’m Thinking Out Loud !!!!”
I agree with you all about the lyrics issue.But the song still makes me sing it.
Oh and , the music video gave me 2016 vibes idk why

LOLITA
LOLITA
11 months ago
Reply to  Andy

YES, IT IS SOOOOO 2016!!!

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago

After reading the lyrics I think I get what they are trying to say but it was clearly A: VERY rushed B: Written by someone with very weak English So I tried to umm fix them a bit? Like made them make a little more sense while still keeping the original lyrics basically. For days and days, I’ve been thinking, I know I’ve got a lot of faith, my love is my crown There will be a better way, there will be a better day That is not a secret Life is love That is known It feels like a… Read more »

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

Of course the lyrics are still very poor and I have no idea what Chamgaraga is but then again Georgia have made up words in the past (Oximated lol) so I wouldn’t be shocked if this isn’t a real word. I googled it and only this song popped up so..

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
11 months ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

Indeed.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
9 months ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

Chamgaraga is the voice as an instrument, it’s not really part of the lyrics.

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago

I do not understand these lyrics at all. I suppose they rely on whatever the listener projects upon them to give them any power. I prefer when the lyricist does the heavy lifting.

Aaljan
Aaljan
11 months ago

It is not a secret.