Dare to Dream

14, 16 & 18 May 2019

ESC2018
Joci Pápai

Joci Pápai

Az én apám

Joci Pápai

Az én apám

Joci Pápai returns to represent Hungary for a second time. Previously, he came eighth at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with 'Origo'. Music definitely runs in the family of Joci as his father was the leader of a big gipsy orchestra. No wonder that the father figure plays a central role in Joci’s life – he admires his dad and he is also a proud father. At the age of four he has chosen the same path as Pápai senior when he first picked up a guitar, an instrument he did not let go ever since.

Preview video

Joci's road to fame was not an easy one: coming from a poor family he struggled to get recognised through various television shows. He tasted success after appearing in a talent show in 2005, but the breakthrough did not happen at that time. He was on the verge of abandoning his dream to become a mainstream artist, stopped listening to music for a whole year – and all this desperation lead to the composition of the song Origo in 2016. And the rest is history.
Joci won the Hungarian Eurovision selection show A Dal 2017 and finished 8th at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv as the first gipsy musician with a song that features elements of traditional gipsy music. This stellar achievement placed him on the top shelf in the Hungarian music scene with sold-out concerts all around the country and music videos with tens of millions of viewers.
He returns with his instantly recognisable voice to the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in 2019 singing Az én apám (My Father) in which he pays homage to his beloved father and his roots, while also stressing the importance of safeguarding and appreciating our personal and family relations.

Participation

The entry

Title
Az én apám
Performed by
Joci Pápai
Written by
Ferenc Molnár
Composed by
Joci Pápai, Ferenc Molnár
Broadcaster
MTV

Lyrics of Az én apám

Hungarian (Original)

Az én apámÚgy nevelt mint a szélHalkan fújt énekeltÚgy meséltOtt lakott hol minden út véget értEzeregy év is kevés egy életért egy életért
Hallom őt az ő szívét a húrokonLatom őt múló idővel arcomonAz ő hitét büszkeség vallanomEzer egy dalból azt az egyet dúdolom
Régi napok gyönyörű napokSzeretem az emlékétŐ hívÉs hozzá szaladokJátszani így volt szépRégi dalok megidézikMég érzem a nap fényétA szél zúgasát is hallom mégA szél hangjában is hallom még
Egy dallal űzte messze el a bánatomMit adhatok csak azt, hogy hozzá tartozomS az én fiamnak büszkeséggel mondhatomŐ az én apám és itt az én otthonom
Régi napok gyönyörű napokSzeretem az emlékétŐ hívÉs hozzá szaladokJátszani így volt szépRégi dalok megidézikMég érzem a napfényétA szél fütyült altatótLegyen álmom szépA szél fütyült altatótMa is hallom még

English

My father has brought me up like the windsGentle songs he breathes, tales he singsHe used to live where all the roads come to an endForever and a day for my life couldn’t amend
Strings resound in my ear with his heartBehold him now with aging time in the face of mineHis faith is mine - confessing it makes me proudForever and a day his tune I keep humming aloud
Days of the past, jolly lovely daysMemories that soothe my soulHe calls me and I’m right on my wayJust playing forevermore
Songs of the past, memories everlastThe rays of the sun make me warmYet I can hear as the wind blowsI can hear his voice as the wind blows
Na na na...
My sorrow’s gone as he sings his songAll I have: to him I always belongI will tell my boy with my head held highThis is my father. And here’s the home of mine
Days of the past, jolly lovely daysMemories that soothe my soulHe calls me and I’m right on my wayJust playing forevermore
Songs of the past memories everlastThe rays of the sun make me warmThe wind breathes a lullaby, may I dream sweet dreamsThe wind breathes a lullaby, whispers in my ear
Na na na...

The entry

Title
Az én apám
Performed by
Joci Pápai
Written by
Ferenc Molnár
Composed by
Joci Pápai, Ferenc Molnár
Broadcaster
MTV

Participation

Joci Pápai returns to represent Hungary for a second time. Previously, he came eighth at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with 'Origo'. Music definitely runs in the family of Joci as his father was the leader of a big gipsy orchestra. No wonder that the father figure plays a central role in Joci’s life – he admires his dad and he is also a proud father. At the age of four he has chosen the same path as Pápai senior when he first picked up a guitar, an instrument he did not let go ever since.

Preview video

Joci's road to fame was not an easy one: coming from a poor family he struggled to get recognised through various television shows. He tasted success after appearing in a talent show in 2005, but the breakthrough did not happen at that time. He was on the verge of abandoning his dream to become a mainstream artist, stopped listening to music for a whole year – and all this desperation lead to the composition of the song Origo in 2016. And the rest is history.
Joci won the Hungarian Eurovision selection show A Dal 2017 and finished 8th at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv as the first gipsy musician with a song that features elements of traditional gipsy music. This stellar achievement placed him on the top shelf in the Hungarian music scene with sold-out concerts all around the country and music videos with tens of millions of viewers.
He returns with his instantly recognisable voice to the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in 2019 singing Az én apám (My Father) in which he pays homage to his beloved father and his roots, while also stressing the importance of safeguarding and appreciating our personal and family relations.

Lyrics of Az én apám

Hungarian (Original)

Az én apámÚgy nevelt mint a szélHalkan fújt énekeltÚgy meséltOtt lakott hol minden út véget értEzeregy év is kevés egy életért egy életért
Hallom őt az ő szívét a húrokonLatom őt múló idővel arcomonAz ő hitét büszkeség vallanomEzer egy dalból azt az egyet dúdolom
Régi napok gyönyörű napokSzeretem az emlékétŐ hívÉs hozzá szaladokJátszani így volt szépRégi dalok megidézikMég érzem a nap fényétA szél zúgasát is hallom mégA szél hangjában is hallom még
Egy dallal űzte messze el a bánatomMit adhatok csak azt, hogy hozzá tartozomS az én fiamnak büszkeséggel mondhatomŐ az én apám és itt az én otthonom
Régi napok gyönyörű napokSzeretem az emlékétŐ hívÉs hozzá szaladokJátszani így volt szépRégi dalok megidézikMég érzem a napfényétA szél fütyült altatótLegyen álmom szépA szél fütyült altatótMa is hallom még

English

My father has brought me up like the windsGentle songs he breathes, tales he singsHe used to live where all the roads come to an endForever and a day for my life couldn’t amend
Strings resound in my ear with his heartBehold him now with aging time in the face of mineHis faith is mine - confessing it makes me proudForever and a day his tune I keep humming aloud
Days of the past, jolly lovely daysMemories that soothe my soulHe calls me and I’m right on my wayJust playing forevermore
Songs of the past, memories everlastThe rays of the sun make me warmYet I can hear as the wind blowsI can hear his voice as the wind blows
Na na na...
My sorrow’s gone as he sings his songAll I have: to him I always belongI will tell my boy with my head held highThis is my father. And here’s the home of mine
Days of the past, jolly lovely daysMemories that soothe my soulHe calls me and I’m right on my wayJust playing forevermore
Songs of the past memories everlastThe rays of the sun make me warmThe wind breathes a lullaby, may I dream sweet dreamsThe wind breathes a lullaby, whispers in my ear
Na na na...

The entry

Title
Az én apám
Performed by
Joci Pápai
Written by
Ferenc Molnár
Composed by
Joci Pápai, Ferenc Molnár
Broadcaster
MTV

Joci Pápai returns to represent Hungary for a second time. Previously, he came eighth at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with 'Origo'. Music definitely runs in the family of Joci as his father was the leader of a big gipsy orchestra. No wonder that the father figure plays a central role in Joci’s life – he admires his dad and he is also a proud father. At the age of four he has chosen the same path as Pápai senior when he first picked up a guitar, an instrument he did not let go ever since.

Preview video

Joci's road to fame was not an easy one: coming from a poor family he struggled to get recognised through various television shows. He tasted success after appearing in a talent show in 2005, but the breakthrough did not happen at that time. He was on the verge of abandoning his dream to become a mainstream artist, stopped listening to music for a whole year – and all this desperation lead to the composition of the song Origo in 2016. And the rest is history.
Joci won the Hungarian Eurovision selection show A Dal 2017 and finished 8th at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv as the first gipsy musician with a song that features elements of traditional gipsy music. This stellar achievement placed him on the top shelf in the Hungarian music scene with sold-out concerts all around the country and music videos with tens of millions of viewers.
He returns with his instantly recognisable voice to the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in 2019 singing Az én apám (My Father) in which he pays homage to his beloved father and his roots, while also stressing the importance of safeguarding and appreciating our personal and family relations.

Lyrics of Az én apám

Hungarian (Original)

Az én apámÚgy nevelt mint a szélHalkan fújt énekeltÚgy meséltOtt lakott hol minden út véget értEzeregy év is kevés egy életért egy életért
Hallom őt az ő szívét a húrokonLatom őt múló idővel arcomonAz ő hitét büszkeség vallanomEzer egy dalból azt az egyet dúdolom
Régi napok gyönyörű napokSzeretem az emlékétŐ hívÉs hozzá szaladokJátszani így volt szépRégi dalok megidézikMég érzem a nap fényétA szél zúgasát is hallom mégA szél hangjában is hallom még
Egy dallal űzte messze el a bánatomMit adhatok csak azt, hogy hozzá tartozomS az én fiamnak büszkeséggel mondhatomŐ az én apám és itt az én otthonom
Régi napok gyönyörű napokSzeretem az emlékétŐ hívÉs hozzá szaladokJátszani így volt szépRégi dalok megidézikMég érzem a napfényétA szél fütyült altatótLegyen álmom szépA szél fütyült altatótMa is hallom még

English

My father has brought me up like the windsGentle songs he breathes, tales he singsHe used to live where all the roads come to an endForever and a day for my life couldn’t amend
Strings resound in my ear with his heartBehold him now with aging time in the face of mineHis faith is mine - confessing it makes me proudForever and a day his tune I keep humming aloud
Days of the past, jolly lovely daysMemories that soothe my soulHe calls me and I’m right on my wayJust playing forevermore
Songs of the past, memories everlastThe rays of the sun make me warmYet I can hear as the wind blowsI can hear his voice as the wind blows
Na na na...
My sorrow’s gone as he sings his songAll I have: to him I always belongI will tell my boy with my head held highThis is my father. And here’s the home of mine
Days of the past, jolly lovely daysMemories that soothe my soulHe calls me and I’m right on my wayJust playing forevermore
Songs of the past memories everlastThe rays of the sun make me warmThe wind breathes a lullaby, may I dream sweet dreamsThe wind breathes a lullaby, whispers in my ear
Na na na...

Participation