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The song

Title
Amar Pelos Dois
Performed by
Salvador Sobral
Written by
Luísa Sobral
Composed by
Luísa Sobral

Official accounts

The song

Title
Amar Pelos Dois
Performed by
Salvador Sobral
Written by
Luísa Sobral
Composed by
Luísa Sobral

Official accounts

Salvador Sobral is a singer who manages to put across a unique musical sensibility and magnetism on stage. He will represent Portugal in Kyiv with the song Amar Pelos Dois (For The Both Of Us), penned by his sister Luisa.

Salvador Sobral studied Psychology, but his overwhelming passion for music took over and he has proved to be one of the great promises in the Portuguese and Spanish music scene. While he lived in the United States and in Barcelona, where he studied at the prestigious school Taller de Musics, he carried out several musical projects: he composed for himself but at the same time he created audacious performances inspired by Chet Baker, took in bossa-nova and lent his songs the sweet sonorities of Latin America.
His voice, always in the right place and over which he has full, flawless control, and the magnetism with which he wins people over when he’s on stage, have awarded him the best reviews from the specialised press, colleagues and, most importantly, from the ultimate judge; the public. Excuse Me (2016), his debut album, was a musical co-production of Júlio Resende, Leonardo Aldrey and Salvador himself.

Things you should know about Salvador Sobral

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

Simplicity, emotion and spontaneity.

What are the three most impressive facts about you?

Being truth, genuine and emotional.

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

Nope, I just prepare to sing with all my heart.

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

It can be good for my career, for people outside of Portugal to know and recognise my work.

About the composer

Born in Lisbon 29 years ago, Luísa Sobral is among the most important songwriters and singers of the new generation of Portuguese musicians and she is also one of those rare cases of "love at first song". She presented herself to the public in 2011, with her debut album The Cherry On My Cake, which was surprisingly mature for such a young artist. It was a reflection of four years abroad as a distinguished student at the Berklee College of Music, where she graduated in 2009.
Many times she had to play and sing in American restaurants and bars to help cover costs, which turned out to be decisive real-time education for her stage career. In Luisa, her fourth album (2016), there is a stronger bond with her listeners, showing the artist has entered a new level of creative maturity, ahead of her age, as always. Luísa states she wouldn’t change the turmoil of her life for anything in this world. The stage is her home. And she kindly invites us to visit her. And makes us feel at home.

Lyrics

Portuguese (Original)

Se um dia alguém Perguntar por mim Diz que vivi Para te amar Antes de ti Só existi Cansado e sem nada p'ra dar
Meu bem Ouve as minhas preces Peço que regresses Que me voltes a querer
Eu sei Que não se ama sozinho Talvez devagarinho Possas voltar a aprender
Se o teu coração Não quiser ceder Não sentir paixão Não quiser sofrer Sem fazer planos Do que virá depois O meu coração Pode amar pelos dois

English

If anyone ever wonders about me Tell them I have lived solely to love you Before you I only existed Worn out and with nothing left to give
My love Listen to my pleas I beg you to come back To want me again
I know That one can't love by oneself But maybe with time You will learn to love me as well
If you heart Won't be wiling to give in Won't be willing to feel Won't be willing to suffer Without making plans of what will come ahead My heart can love for both of us instead

French

Si un jour quelqu’un Demande de mes nouvelles Dis-lui que j’ai vécu Pour t’aimer Avant toi Je n’ai existé Que fatigué et sans rien à offrir
Ma bien-aimée Écoute mes prières Je te demande de revenir Que tu me veuilles de nouveau
Je sais Que l’on n’aime pas seul Peut-être que doucement Tu pourras réapprendre
Si ton cœur Ne veut pas céder Ni sentir la passion S’il ne veut pas souffrir Sans faire de plans De ce qui viendra après Mon cœur Peut aimer pour nous deux