2. PORTUGAL I: Heitor – Vermelha

“Vermelha” (“Red”)
Performed by: Heitor
Music by: Heitor
Lyrics by: Heitor

Having participated every year from 2008-2013 and then again in 2016, achieving a best result of 4th along the way, it’s a pleasure to welcome Heitor back to the competition.

In his own words:
I work as an engineer, but in my spare time I enjoy writing songs, singing and playing them on the piano or keyboard. I’ve performed on many occasions for my friends and small audiences. I’m participating in the HCSC for the eighth time.

My song this year is about the recent developments in Eritrea, which was unexpectedly offered peace by Ethiopia and continued the trend by quickly reconciling with all its other neighbors. The song expresses my wish for positive changes also inside the country. The title of the song is a literal translation of the name Eritrea, which means red from its location by the Red Sea.

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Lyrics:
Hoje não é mais como era
Um ramo se estende com uma oferta de paz
Contra aquilo que se espera
Um ser diferente e corajoso se faz

A sua resposta é a chance
Agora, antes que seja tarde demais

Vermelha, deixe a coragem vencer
É tudo que você quis prometer
As ilhas do mar querem ver
A ponte de amor antes do amanhecer

Vermelha, deixe a voz lhe dizer
Liberte pra que não vá mais sofrer
E todos vão reconhecer
O nome da cor do seu sol a nascer

Nessa era de esperança
Os laços partidos conseguem se reatar
Pressa, pra criar confiança nos seus esquecidos
Palavras não vão bastar

Escolha o rumo adiante
Deixando o passado sombrio pra trás

Vermelha, deixe a coragem vencer
É tudo que você quis prometer
As ilhas do mar querem ver
A ponte de amor antes do amanhecer

Vermelha, deixe a voz lhe dizer
Liberte pra que não vá mais sofrer
E todos vão reconhecer
O nome da cor do seu sol a nascer

Vermelha, deixe o futuro brilhar
Agora o tempo vai recomeçar
Não há mais o que esperar
Construa sem medo o seu novo lugar

Translation:
Today it’s no longer as it was
A branch extends with a peace offer
Against what is expected
A different and brave being is made

Your answer is the chance
Now, before it’s too late

Red, let the courage win
It’s all that you wanted to promise
The sea islands want to see
The bridge of love before dawn

Red, let the voice tell you
Free it so it won’t suffer anymore
And all will recognize
The name of the color of your rising sun

In this era of hope
The broken bonds can be retied
Hurry, to create trust in your forgotten ones
Words won’t be enough

Choose the path ahead
Leaving the shady past behind

Red, let the courage win
It’s all that you wanted to promise
The sea islands want to see
The bridge of love before dawn

Red, let the voice tell you
Free it so it won’t suffer anymore
And all will recognize
The name of the color of your rising sun

Red, let the future shine
Now the time will restart
There is nothing more to wait for
Build without fear your new place