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The song

Title
Rise Like a Phoenix
Performed by
Conchita Wurst
Written by
Charly Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, Julian Maas
Composed by
Charly Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, Julian Maas

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    The song

    Title
    Rise Like a Phoenix
    Performed by
    Conchita Wurst
    Written by
    Charly Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, Julian Maas
    Composed by
    Charly Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, Julian Maas

    Official accounts

    This artist doesn't have any official channels

      Tom Neuwirth was born on November 6th, 1988, and he for the first time performed as his alter ego Conchita Wurst in 2011. Since then, he has been a symbol for tolerance and artistic freedom in Austria and beyond. His motto: "Be the best version of yourself rather than a bad copy of someone else!"

      Conchita Wurst was born as Tom Neuwirth on November 6th, 1988 in Gmunden, Austria. The young artist had always dreamed of a career in showbusiness. It all really started in 2006 when he took part in the talent show Starmania. In 2007, he joined the boy band "jetzt anders!", which however only survived for less than one year.
      He first performed as his alter ego Conchita Wurst, the famous long-haired full-bearded lady, in the talent show Die große Chance in 2011. Since then, he certainly has not gone unnoticed in Austria. More recently, Conchita Wurst participated in the ORF production The Hardest Jobs Of Austria, where she worked in a fish factory, and in Wild Girls, where a group of candidates had to survive in the deserts of Namibia, Africa together with native tribes.

      Get to know Conchita Wurst

      What are the highlights of your previous career?
      Well I appeared in 2011 for the first time as Conchita on the Austrian talent show Die Große Chance. In 2012 I participated in the Eurovision Song Contest national selection, I came second. While working on music and my career as an entertainer I got the chance to meet fabulous people like Stefan Raab, Brendan O'Connor and Jean Paul Gaultier. in 2013 I appeared on German TV the first time, in a show called Wild Girls which was made in Africa. And then of course the biggest milestone so far is the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Because of that i still get the chance to meet my fans all over Europe.
      What's special about your entry?
      For me the most special and honoring thing is that Austria shows tolerance and acceptance and I’m so happy to be this statement. I’m allowed to be the voice of their beliefs during this time and this really makes me very proud. We, and not at least myself, want to stand for a society without hate and discrimination. And if I’m honest, I think everyone of the contestants should stand for the same, cause we are joining a very opend minded project, so they should be open minded too.
      What do you want achieve with your entry?
      For me as a musician it’s like the biggest thing so far. I really want to reach a good place in the ranking for my country, and for myself, I want to be proud of my performance. Because I’m my worst critic. Besides that, I really hope that I get the chance to change some minds all around Europe. I want to show them that you can look whatever you want and that everybody must have the right to live their life however they want it, if nobody gets hurt.
      Where do you get your inspiration?
      From so many different people and situations around me. From my parents to my granny and my friends to Cher. I’m a person focusing on the good things in life and that's the most inspiring thing.
      What is your message for your fans?
      Well, first of all I’m so thankful and privileged to live the life I do. And that’s because there are people out there who care of what I do. Thank you so much for that. And then, I really want to convince them to be the best version of themselves rather than a bad copy of someone else! You can do whatever you want if you’re not hurting anyone.
      What is your personal relationship to Eurovision Song Contest?
      I watched the Song Contest as far back as I can remember with my mom. I always wanted to be on this stage and now it’s my turn and I’m beyond happy and thankful for this opportunity.

      Lyrics

      English (Original)

      Rise Like a Phoenix
      Waking in the rubble Walking over glass Neighbors say we’re trouble Well that time has passed
      Peering from the mirror No, that isn’t me Stranger getting nearer Who can this person be
      You wouldnt know me at all today From the fading light I fly
      Rise like a phoenix Out of the ashes Seeking rather than vengeance Retribution You were warned Once I'm transformed Once I’m reborn You know I will rise like a phoenix But you're my flame
      Go about your business Act as if you’re free Noone could have witnessed What you did to me
      Cause you wouldn’t know me today And you have got to see To believe From the fading light I fly
      Rise like a phoenix Out of the ashes Seeking rather than vengeance Retribution You were warned Once I'm transformed Once I’m reborn
      I rise up to the sky You threw me down but I'm gonna fly
      And rise like a phoenix Out of the ashes Seeking rather than vengeance Retribution You were warned Once I'm transformed Once I’m reborn You know I will rise like a phoenix But you’re my flame

      French

      Se dresser comme un phénix
      Se réveiller dans les décombres Marcher sur du verre Les voisins disent qu'on est une source d'ennui Et bien ce temps-là est révolu
      Scrutant dans le miroir Non, ce n'est pas moi Un étranger s'approche Qui est cette personne ?
      Tu ne me reconnaîtrais pas du tout aujourd'hui Je prends mon envol depuis la pénombre
      Se dresser comme un phénix Loin des cendres Chercher plutôt que se venger ou punir Tu as été prévenu Une fois que je suis transformé Une fois que je renais Tu sais, je me dresserai comme un phénix Mais tu es mon amour
      Occupes-toi de tes affaires Agis comme si tu étais libre Personne n'a été témoin De ce que tu m'as fait
      Parce que tu ne me reconnaîtrais pas aujourd'hui Et tu dois voir Pour croire Je prends mon envol depuis la pénombre
      Se dresser comme un phénix Loin des cendres Chercher plutôt que se venger ou punir Tu as été prévenu Une fois que je suis transformé Une fois que je renais
      Je me dresse vers le ciel Tu m'avais jeté au sol Et moi je vais m'envoler
      Se dresser comme un phénix Loin des cendres Chercher plutôt que se venger ou punir Tu as été prévenu Une fois que je suis transformé Une fois que je renais Tu sais, je me dresserai comme un phénix Mais tu es mon amour

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