Photo: LRT

One of the biggest bangers in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest comes from Lithuania. Its rising star Silvester Belt has been making Europe dance ever since he won the national final with his smooth vocals and on-the-beat shoulder bobs. And while the song makes people move, it’s not just about hitting the club.

“It sounds like a fun song, but it has this depressive side to it,” he told our Simon at the Melfest WKND event in Stockholm in March. “The song is about being stuck in the limbo between two stages — of being alive and just existing. Sometimes in life you are stuck in this situation.”

“In the song I’m saying, ‘I don’t want to dance, but I have to dance.’ This is exactly what you have to do in that kind of situation. Wait a bit and then just dance through it and it will fade away. That’s my message.”

That message comes entirely in the Lithuanian language. So let’s take a look at the “Luktelk” lyrics and English translation to better understand Silvester’s rhythm and flow. 

Scroll down to read the “Luktelk” lyrics

Lithuania at Eurovision 2024: Silvester Belt with “Luktelk”

In February Silvester emerged victorious in Eurovizija.LT, the country’s national selection. It was the culmination of years of work and study for the fresh up-and-comer.

In 2019 he graduated from the University of Westminster in London with a degree in Commercial Music Performance. After graduation he worked in a beauty salon, but by January 2021 he’d returned home and signed with a Lithuanian record label. Since then he’s released several successful singles. He’s also refined his artistry and stage presence by competing on a series of Lithuanian talent shows including Aš – superhitas (I Am a Superhit) and X Faktorius (X Factor Lithuania).

His participation in Eurovizija.LT marked his first attempt at representing his country in Eurovision. However, back in 2010, he competed in Vaikų Eurovizijos nacionalinė atranka, the Lithuanian preselection for Junior Eurovision, with “Pi-Pa-Po,” ultimately finishing eighth in the national final.

What do the “Luktelk” lyrics mean?

Silvester brings a pop-dance song entirely in Lithuanian, once again showcasing the beauty of the language. In an interview with LRT, Silvester said he wanted to re-cast stereotypes about his country.

“I hope that we can show a fun side of Lithuania – we are not always sad and closed, we have many colours, and we want to show them at Eurovision. If we always hide behind English and other cultures, we won’t be able to do that.”

His song perfectly encapsulates his inner peace — and a desire to party despite the pain. “Luktelk” means “Wait,” imbuing the song with multiple layers of meaning.

One day has passed and then another
As if time has stopped
I go somewhere, then some place else
And after it gets dark, it repeats again

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow
I promise I’ll start loving you tomorrow

The song speaks about routine and how people can get so entrenched in their daily lives they stop prioritising what’s important. However, it does so with a slightly optimistic undertone, suggesting that despite the delay, positive changes are on the horizon. Inspired by winter, the song uses metaphorical imagery of a dark night to convey Silvester’s message of being caught in limbo. 

Am I still alive?
Do you still know who I am?
The sun isn’t coming up
Tell me, will you stay next to me

In the darkest night, a multitude of fears and insecurities surface, leading to a self-reckoning about his loneliness. This moment serves as a wake-up call, prompting Silvester to dance and move forward.

We’re standing in the silence of the radio playing
I don’t wanna dance, but I have to dance

(…)

If you can, wait, wait
Hold on one more minute
(…)

Tell me, will you ѕtаy next to me

Indeed, sometimes in life, you have to dance even when you don’t feel like it, even if the dance feels like just another part of your routine. However, some things are worth waiting for, and with patience, everything finds its way.

“Luktelk” lyrics — Silvester Belt (Lithuania Eurovision 2024)

Songwriter (music and lyrics): Silvestras Beltė (Silvester Belt) , Džesika Šyvokaitė (Jessica Shy) & Elena Jurgaitytė (Elayork)

Lithuanian text

Diena viena ir vėl kita
Tarytum čia, data sustojo
Einu tai ten, einu tai šen
Ir kai sutems, ir vėl iš naujo

Rytoj, rytoj, rytoj
Pažadu mylėt tave rytoj
Laboj, laboj, laboj
Surasi tu mane nakty laboj

Ar aš vis dar gyvas?
Ar tebepažįsti mane?
Saulė nepakyla
Pasakyk, ar liksi šalia

Luktelk, luktelk
Dar vieną minutę luktelk
Luktelk, luktelk
Dar vieną minutę luktelk

Naktis viena, naktis kita
Kaip visada, aš vėl iš naujo

Rytoj, rytoj, rytoj
Pažadu mylėt tave rytoj

Ar aš vis dar gyvas?
Ar tebepažįsti mane?
Saulė nepakyla
Pasakyk, ar liksi šalia

Luktelk, luktelk
Dar vieną minutę luktelk
Luktelk, luktelk
Dar vieną minutę luktelk

Stovime tyloje grojančio radijo
Nebenoriu šokt, nebenoriu šokt
Stovime tyloje grojančio radijo
Nebenoriu šokt, bet man reikia šokt

Bet man reikia šokt

Luktelk, luktelk
Dar vieną minutę luktelk
Luktelk, luktelk
Dar vieną minutę luktelk

Jei gali, dar luktelk, luktelk
Dar vieną minutę luktelk
Luktelk, luktelk
Dar vieną minutę…

Pasakyk, ar likѕi šaliа

 

 

English translation

One day has passed and then another
As if, the time has stopped
I go somewhere, then some place else
And after it gets dark, it will repeat again

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow
I promise I’ll start loving you tomorrow
Sleep tight, sleep tight, sleep tight
You will find me in the night

Am I still alive?
Do you still know who I am?
The sun isn’t coming up
Tell me, will you stay next to me

Wait, wait
Hold on one more minute
Wait, wait
Hold on one more minute

One night has passed, and then another
But just like always, I’m the same again

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow
I promise I’ll start loving you tomorrow

Am I still alive?
Do you still know who I am?
The sun isn’t coming up
Tell me, will you stay next to me

Wait, wait
Hold on one more minute
Wait, wait
Hold on one more minute

We’re standing in the silence of the radio playing
I don’t want to dance anymore, I don’t want to dance anymore
We’re standing in the silence of the radio playing
I don’t wanna dance, but I have to dance

But I have to dance

Wait, wait
Hold on one more minute
Wait, wait
Hold on one more minute

If you can, wait, wait
Hold on one more minute
Wait, wait
One more minute…

Tell me, will you ѕtаy next to me

 

 

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café olé
café olé
1 month ago

Fabulous song and great staging, production and choreography. Lithuania has been doing itself proud lately! Best of luck! <3

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago

I’m very happy for Lithuania, it’s one of the most improved countries at the contest in recent years. It’d be great if Luktelk won this year, it’s been quite a while since our last first-time winner.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Silvester wants us to find him in the night, where he will be dancing and longing for us to stay next to him until the sun rises. There is a false promise that he’ll love us tomorrow, when actually he might only exist in our dreams. The lyrics perfectly match the E minor-to-B minor soft darkness. Silvester’s youthful voice is both seductive and haunting, and the dance choreography evokes an underground club as if it were to exist in a communal dream. This entry is to-the-point and superb. In my opinion, this could be Lithuania’s best ever ESC entry, but… Read more »

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Well, you never know what will happen next month. Maybe Lithuania can beach the top five, probably scraping into fifth, but if it ends up sixth again, it will surpass we are the winners because they’lll get a lot more points in 2024 than 2006.

Another Proud Eurosimp
Another Proud Eurosimp
1 month ago

I really love this song. Obsessed with it since the very first time I heard it. It’s among my top3 of this year. <3

I'M GONNA MAKE MOUSSE TONIGHT
I'M GONNA MAKE MOUSSE TONIGHT
1 month ago

Everything about this song is so great until the chorus kicks in. Missed opportunity sadly, it could’ve been a TOP5 material.

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago

there’s actually a deeper meaning to this song that silvester explained at the tv show ‘netikros naujienos’ in lithuania. luktelk sounds like ‘look, tell’, and it’s about a girl chasing him obsessively and not understanding that he’s, in fact, not interested in female genitalia. a very smart double entendre.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Haha, brilliant! 😀

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

La boy is crushing it!!

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 month ago

Quality song. I expect a Top 10 finish.

Julia
Julia
1 month ago

Love love love Silvester and Luktelk!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

luckily it is in lithuanian then

luktelk, luktelk sounds much better

than ”wait wait” ”wait wait”

songs don’t always need to have strong messages to be good though, this is a nice bop

Dent
Dent
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

the word “luktelk” could be interpreted in multiple ways, it generally means “stop and wait for a moment” or “wait for a short while”, or “hold up a bit”. I’m guessing the translators picked the easiest route.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago

I like Pi-Pa-Po but he was drawn second. He had no chance.

Miko
Miko
1 month ago

Quite random, basically song about nothing…