Italy’s Angelina Mango will bring addictive Cumbia rhythms to Eurovision 2024.

She emerged victorious at this year’s Festival di Sanremo with her song “La Noia,” which translates as “Boredom.” Throughout the competition, her song consistently topped the competition charts, securing a win on the third night of the festival and ultimately triumphing in the Super Final on the 5th night, overcoming strong competitors like Irama, Ghali, Annalisa, and Geolier.

“La Noia” blends Italian traditions with a modern sound, creating a perfect fusion that will undoubtedly get you moving. However, beneath its catchy exterior, the song carries a deeper meaning.

It’s time to dance, shake off the boredom, and take a look at the “La Noia” lyrics.

Scroll down to read the “La Noia” lyrics

Italy at Eurovision 2024: Angelina Mango with “La Noia”

She’s already topped the Italian charts, bagged numerous awards, and released two EPs. So it’s an understatement to call Angelina a rising star of Italian music. Success is in her DNA: Her mother is Laura Valente from the Italian rock band Matia Bazar and her father was Giuseppe Mango, one of her country’s most-loved artists. 

Angelina has been immersed in music since childhood. Her first EP was released in 2020, marking her debut as an Italian artist. At 22 years old, Angelina took a significant step forward by competing for the first time in the Festival di Sanremo this year and winning the competition. She gave the competition its emotional high when she covered her father’s song “La rondine” on covers night. He suffered a heart attack while performing on stage on December 14, 2014 and passed away shortly thereafter. Angelina was still a teenager at the time. Her performance at Sanremo, she said, was her way to pay homage to her biggest hero. 

What do the “La Noia” lyrics mean?

“La Noia” literally means “The Boredom,” and Angelina sings about breaking free from a life filled with monotony while expressing her longing to find greater meaning. However, clues in the song and music video suggest a feminist interpretation, addressing women trapped in “boring” lives that conform to societal norms.

Firstly, in the music video of her song, only female characters are present. While Angelina sings about boredom, the entire video is filmed inside a house, evoking the sense of being trapped in domesticity. Additionally, Angelina is shown having her hair braided by two girls, a scene that symbolizes bonding and solidarity among women. The act of braiding hair can be a shared experience among friends, family members, or within communities, fostering a sense of connection and support among women.

The first verse depicts Angelina creating numerous drawings that fail to come to life as she’d like, symbolizing her unrealized aspirations. However, as time passes, she comes to the realization that life continues regardless, and she must confront the challenges of the real world.

“My necklace doesn’t have pearls of wisdom
I was given colored beads
For the little girls messed up with trauma
To untangle slowly with age”

She emphasizes that she is not the perfect creature that people might expect, but rather a flawed individual coping with traumas, which slowly unravel as she grows up. Throughout the song, she expresses the difficulty of breaking free from a worn-out life. It feels like a cross she must carry.

“Business, they talk about business
Meanwhile, I close my eyes while I sign contracts
Princess, they call you princess
So stop doing the dishes now.”

The song also addresses the feeling of being compelled to agree with “businesses” that one doesn’t truly align with, echoing the sentiment of feeling trapped ( as one verse before she says “How many people see the evil in things/ It makes you want to run away when they start to speak”). There’s an expectation to embody a “princess” persona while also managing household responsibilities, creating a sense of pressure and obligation. The encouragement to stop washing the dishes represents a rejection of societal expectations and a desire to break free and enjoy life.

Angelina suggests that life can sometimes feel like the repetitive rhythm of Cumbia, a dance music of Colombian origin, similar to but distinct from salsa. Despite this, she tries to find the strength to laugh amidst the monotony and proudly wears the metaphorical “crown of thorns” that society threw on her, while celebrating with a party. She prefers to dance the cumbia because, even though she may stumble, it offers a way to break free from boredom and inertia. She sings love songs because love makes her feel alive. She lives her life to the fullest and is willing to take the risks of suffering in order to truly experience the richness of being alive.

 

“La Noia” lyrics and translation— Angelina Mango (Italy Eurovision 2024)

Songwriter (music and lyrics): Angelina Mango & Francesca Calearo (Madame)

Quanti disegni ho fatto
Rimango qui e li guardo
Nessuno prende vita
Questa pagina è pigra
Vado di fretta

E mi hanno detto che la vita è preziosa
Io la indosso a testa alta sul collo
La mia collana non ha perle di saggezza
A me hanno dato le perline colorate
Per le bimbe incasinate con i traumi
Da snodare piano piano con l’età
Eppure sto una Pasqua guarda zero drammi
Quasi quasi cambio di nuovo città
Che a stare ferma a me mi viene
A me mi viene

La noia
La noia
La noia
La noia

Muoio senza morire
In questi giorni usati
Vivo senza soffrire
Non c’è croce più grande
Non ci resta che ridere in queste notti bruciate
Una corona di spine sarà il dress-code per la mia festa

È la cumbia della noia
È la cumbia della noia
Total
Ah, è la cumbia della noia
La cumbia della noia
Total

Quanta gente nelle cose vede il male
Viene voglia di scappare come iniziano a parlare
E vorrei dirgli che sto bene ma poi mi guardano male
Allora dico che è difficile campare
Business parli di business
Intanto chiudo gli occhi per firmare i contratti
Princess ti chiama princess
Allora adesso smettila di lavare i piatti

Muoio senza morire
In questi giorni usati
Vivo senza soffrire
Non c’è croce più grande
Non ci resta che ridere in queste notti bruciate
Una corona di spine sarà il dress-code per la mia festa

È la cumbia della noia
È la cumbia della noia
Total
Ah, è la cumbia della noia
La cumbia della noia
Total

Allora scrivi canzoni?
Si, le canzoni d’amore
E non ti voglio annoiare
Ma qualcuno le deve cantare
Cumbia, ballo la cumbia
Se rischio di inciampare almeno fermo la noia
Quindi faccio una festa, faccio una festa
Perché è l’unico modo per fermare
Per fermare
Per fermare, ah

La noia
La noia
La noia
La noia

Muoio perché morire
Rende i giorni più umani
Vivo perché soffrire
Fa le gioie più grandi
Non ci resta che ridere in queste notti bruciate
Una corona di spine
Sarà il dress-code per la mia feѕta

È la cumbia della noia
È la cumbia della noia
Total
Ah, è la cumbia della noia
La cumbia della noia
Total
Totаl

 

I drew so many drawings
I stay here and look at them
None of them come alive
This page is lazy
I hurry

And I’ve been told life is precious
I wear it proudly around my neck
My necklace doesn’t have pearls of wisdom
I was given colored beads
For the little girls messed up with trauma
To untangle slowly with age
Yet I am a pure one, look, no drama
I almost change city again
‘Cause if I stay where I am, then I get
I get

The boredom
The boredom
The boredom
The boredom

I die without dying
In these worn-out days
I live without suffering
There’s no bigger cross
Nothing left but to laugh in these burnt-out nights
A crown of thorns will be the dress code for my party

It’s the cumbia for boredom
It’s the cumbia
For total boredom
It’s the cumbia
It’s the cumbia
For total boredom

So many people see the bad in things
The urge to run away as soon as they start talking
And I’d like to tell them I’m doing fine but then they look at me wrong
So I say it’s hard to get by
Business, they talk about business
Meanwhile, I close my eyes while I sign contracts
Princess, they call you princess
So stop doing the dishes now

I die without dying
In these worn-out days
I live without suffering
There’s no bigger cross
Nothing left but to laugh in these burnt-out nights
A crown of thorns will be the dress code for my party

It’s the cumbia for boredom
It’s the cumbia
For total boredom
It’s the cumbia
It’s the cumbia
For total boredom

So you write songs?
Yeah, love songs
And I don’t want to bore you
But someone’s got to sing them
Cumbia, I dance the cumbia
If I risk stumbling, at least it’ll stop the boredom
So I party, I party
Because it’s the only way to stop
To stop
To stop, ah

The boredom
The boredom
The boredom
The boredom

I die because dying
Makes days more human
I live because suffering
Makes joys greater
Nothing left but to laugh in these burnt-out nights
A crown of thorns
Will be the dress code for my party

It’s the cumbia for boredom
It’s the cumbia
For total boredom
It’s the cumbia
It’ѕ the cumbiа
For total boredom
For total boredom

 

 

 
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Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
28 days ago

Can somebody explain me that story with her hair in the vid?
Thats looking very great and well styled.

Whats behind it? Does anyone knows?

Thank you

Richard
Richard
29 days ago

This has been amongst my favourites since the start but I hadn’t realised it was about boredom until now (I never worry too much about lyrics). I like it even more, Angelina is a very charismatic performer and the song is great, certainly jostling for my top spot. But it’s hard to choose one song this year – last year it was a flip between Finland and Spain for me – but this year it feels like more of an open field.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
29 days ago

This year turned out to be such a strong one at ESC. I like both Angelina and this song but it’s not among my favorites, which is rare from Italy

AlexC
AlexC
29 days ago

I love her. Great performer.

Zanoni
Zanoni
29 days ago

I’ve assumed that the “colored beads” are antidepressant pills. I think it’s a neat little lyric.

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
30 days ago

Sincerely i cant understand the hype avout this song… it is a really cheesy and bad cumbia… and she doesnt have anything special, beside those awkward moves

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
30 days ago

This is still one of my favourites among the songs of this year. An incredibly catchy song!

Geston
Geston
30 days ago

I only see forced hype for this, where you can’t leave Italy out of your favourites to avoid the backlash from fans.

To me this isn’t it, it has nice parts but overall it comes as a noisy song where most of it isn’t giving a cohesive feeling. It’s different from the usual ballads, so plus for that.

Frederick
Frederick
30 days ago
Reply to  Geston

This year songs are quite weak and Italy’s song is at least much better.

Geston
Geston
30 days ago
Reply to  Frederick

I don’t find this year weak, but as it lacks clear favourites it leaves a lot more wiggle room in results. We know fans rank songs time to time based on what was on offer in national selection, while a common viewer has no idea on those.

Feelings basicly taking control with people, there’s also couple songs that are well received in their own country, so the popularity might be only regional.

Nows
Nows
30 days ago
Reply to  Geston

Usual ballad? Italy has sent blues, soul, ballad, pop rock, operatic pop, electropop, folk pop, urban and rock and they send “a usual ballad”? Where do you exactly live?

Johnny
Johnny
30 days ago

Im a bit tired of this song , nonetheless top 10 in my book

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
30 days ago

Terrific. The best. Award-winning. I love every lyric, every rhythm and every note of this song. What’s even more incredible is how difficult this song is to sing live, and yet Angelina performs this song very well and even makes it look easy! I bow to this one.

Andrew Tate McRae
Andrew Tate McRae
30 days ago

I wonder how she can still be the number one song according to MyEurovisionScoreboard despite not being very favorized neither in Sanremo nor here

Ari
Ari
30 days ago

She won Sanremo. And she was a very convincing 2nd in the public vote, only behind the guy with the organized mass votes. And the tiny minority „here“ is not representative of anything. I think it’s one of those entries many people have in the top 10 because they agree it’s good and that adds up.

Estostan
Estostan
30 days ago

Eurofan bubble rankings are unrealistic.

Nudiecrudi
Nudiecrudi
30 days ago
Reply to  Estostan

Last year the odds and the eurofan rankings were right.
I bet your favourites this year aren’t on top of those rankings so for this reason aren’t realistic.

Anja
Anja
30 days ago
Reply to  Nudiecrudi

Only for the first and second place. Spain and France weren’t even close, same for Austria, while a lot of people said it will be the worst place for Italy in the contest yet (and then it came Top 5) and Belgium was a nq for a lot of fans (and then it came Top 10).
Girlbops are almost always overrated (with exceptions, of course).

Ari
Ari
30 days ago

How about an unproblematic, talented Eurovision winner with a great, original song and a fantastic performance? She’s right here. May the best Mango win.