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PORTUGAL: Joana Almeida “Vem Comigo (Come With Me)

Portugal has been in Eurovision 51 times since joining the contest in 1964. Majority of the songs they have sent have fallen in the middle to lower part of the table until Salvador Sobral’s win in 2017 with “Amar pelos dois”. In Junior Eurovision, the country has participated 5 time since 2006 with a big break from the contest from 2008 to 2017.

All of their songs so far have been in Portuguese but this year they have broken the trend and mixed in some English for “Vem comigo (Come With Me) by Joana Almeida.

Joana is 10 and was asked to participate at JESC after winning “Gala Internacional dos Pequenos Cantores da Figueira da Foz” which is a very popular children’s singing competition in Portugal. She is a very passionate singer, and can play piano and cello.

The song is written by João Pedro Coimbra, an award winning Portuguese musician and composer. He’s done a lot of work for television and cinema, and is a keen drummer. João also had a song in Festival da Canção in 2017 called “Don’t Walk Away” by Pedro Gonçalves which came 6th.

“Vem Comigo” is about the environment and is a message of hope for this generation. Joana has a cuter kids style voice than a lot of the other contestants and may be to her advantage as kids could see her a peer. She urges other kids like her to do what they can as she can’t do it alone.

Lyrics of “Vem Comigo (Come With Me)":

Portuguese/English lyrics:

Dizem que sou nova e da vida nada sei,
mas se a Terra sofre, nós sofremos também.
É a nossa casa, é de todas as coisas
e eu adoro tudo o que ela me dá.

É tão fácil perceber que a natureza é nossa mãe.
E ela, como nós, é livre, não pertence a ninguém.

Vem comigo, I can’t make it alone.
But together, together we’re strong.
I am young but I know what to do,
time is running out to save the Earth.
Anda sê diferente, we can make it work,
Let’s make it happen now.

Soon it’ll be too late, I can’t do it all alone. I need you now!

Ouço dizer que está tudo normal,
que é falso alarme o aquecimento global.
Mas tenho medo, vivo num mar de verde que o fogo e a seca podem destruir.
Está na hora de acordar, podemos ir mais além,
defender todos juntos, a nossa casa-mãe.
Vamos conseguir, unidos para sempre.
I need you, I need you now.
Let’s come together and be friends forever and…
Let’s make it happen now!!

They say I am young and know nothing about life,
But if the Earth suffers we suffer at the same time.
It’s our home and of everything that exists,
And I love all the things she gives me.

It’s so easy to understand that Nature is our mother.
And like us, she is free, she belongs to no one.

Come with me, I can’t make it alone.
But together, together we’re strong.
I am young but I know what to do,
time is running out to save the Earth.
Come make a difference, we can make it work,
Let’s make it happen now.
Soon it’ll be too late, I can’t do it all alone.
I need you now!

I hear that everything is normal,
That global warming is false alarm.
But I am afraid, I live in a sea of green
That can be destroyed by the fire and the drought.
It’s time to wake up, we can go further,
And all together defend our home.
We are going to make it, forever united.

I need you, I need you now.
Let’s come together and be friends forever and…
Let’s make it happen now!
Let’s make it happen now!

Boa sorte Portugal!