Sunday, 15 May 2011

Friends

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We taped the Eurovision Song contest on TV last night, so we could zoom through the boring bits or really "ick" songs. It was still fairly boring, even though the music better than the last time I watched a few years back. A few songs were catchy and enjoyable, but for me only one really stood out, but it never even made it into the top ten. The song struck me because it wasn't just a nice tune, it was the amazing story behind the song... a story of real friendship.

The song was Iceland's entry - Coming Home. It was written by Sjonni Brink, but performed by a group who called themselves "Sjonni's Friends".



You see... 'Sjonni' (Sigurjón Brink) was planning to sing the song himself for the competition, but he died suddenly of a stroke, in January this year. He was 36 years old. He left behind a wife, four children.... and some pretty special friends.

His wife and friends decided that Sjonni would have wanted his song to remain in the competition, so they agreed his friends would carry on and perform Coming Home in his memory. They did, in my opinion, a brilliant job with a really lovely song. Even more striking (and moving) is the fact that his lyrics are so much more meaningful when you know the story behind the song.



Some say I’m a bit of a fool,
sitting on a hill and counting raindrops.
Keep thinking I just wanna go
to the peaceful place I know,
that I call home.

But oh oh oh it’s time to go, I’ll see you, I’ll see you soon.

Cause I can’t wait for tomorrow
to say the things I wanna say,
your smile will always lead my way.
I can’t wait, I’m coming soon,
I just wanna see your face again.

Some say I’m a bit of a fool.
Driving down the road I stop to listen.
I hear your laughter in the trees,
your whisper in the breeze,
my love is you.

But oh oh oh it’s time to go, I’ll see you, I’ll see you soon.

I can’t wait for tomorrow
to say the things I wanna say,
your smile will always lead my way.
I can’t wait, I’m coming soon,
I just wanna see your face again.

Cause no one, knows his where or when.
When my time on earth comes to an end,
then I’ll find you and I know that you will be my love again.

I can’t wait for tomorrow
to say the things I wanna say,
your smile will always lead my way.
I can’t wait, I’m coming soon,
I just wanna see your face again,


I’m coming home.
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5 comments:

  1. Oh I didn't know the story behind the song, but this song is MY FAVE of all the other songs in Eurovision and I wished they had gotten MANY more votes!!! They sang their hearts out and now through this post I get to know why!!!! :-D

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  2. It's a beautiful song and the story behind it just makes it so much more meaningful.

    Amel
    I wish they'd gotten more votes too - which is why I thought I'd share it on my blog.

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  3. Thank you, my friend. I've added this song to the playlist. You're right. It is special <3

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