Iceland: Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson

Iceland

 

 

As the winner of national selection competition Söngvakeppnin, Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson is making his way to the Eurovision to represent Iceland. The ballad Ég á Líf will be pushing to improve an unfortunate track record of middling Icelandic chances.


 

 

Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson is far from afraid of honouring his Nordic roots and lives right up to the long-haired Scandinavian fisherman stereotype right through this video, which is a moving (if not melodramatic – watch out for the fish gutting, if you’re squeamish…that part is certainly not animated) tale of boyhood and manhood. In the 2013 battle of the ballads, Eyþór’s hearty tones deserve sail into the sunlight of the final, just like his perfectly-weathered tug boat. Lyrics translated, courtesy of the EBU, in the next tab.
N.B. Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson is not Xenophilius Lovegood.

Contagious rating: 7/10

 

 

I Am Alive

I set out upon that long journey
I walked on lost and restless
Didn’t think about anything until the following day.
I chose peace and tranquility.
I am alive, I am alive
I glide above every hardship
I am alive, I am alive
When the winds turn against me

I climb over the high mountains
I am alive, I am alive
I didn’t understand about love, which can move everything
Didn’t dare to embrace and to simply exist
I felt like I didn’t deserve to open up my mind
And let the bright love enter within

I am alive, I am alive
I glide above every hardship
I am alive, I am alive
When the winds turn against me
I climb over the high mountains
I’m alive, I’m alive because of you

And I believe it
Yes I do believe it

Perhaps the wondrous gates of heaven will open
Beautiful love will flood out
to embrace me alone
I’m alive, I’m alive
I glide over every difficulty
I am alive, I am alive

When the winds turn against me
I climb over the high mountains
I am alive, I am alive because of you
I am alive, I am alive, I am alive