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Zitti E Buoni meaning: Lyrics of Eurovision 2021 winning track explored

Eve Edwards May 23, 2021
Zitti E Buoni meaning: Lyrics of Eurovision 2021 winning track explored
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As Italy claims the title of Eurovision 2021 winners, we explore the meaning of their winning track Zitti E Buoni.

Eurovision crowned this year’s winners on Saturday, 22 May 2021. The annual song contest took place in Rotterdam, welcoming music acts from all around the world to compete.

Italy’s Måneskin were the winning band this year. Let’s take a look at the song that got them there.

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Zitti E Buoni: Meaning in English

  • Shut up/be quiet and behave

Måneskin’s winning track translates to “shut up” or “be quiet” and “behave”. It is a phrase often used in reference to discipline, particularly a phrase said to children.

The song is about standing out by going against society’s expectations and set rules.

You can read a full translation of Zitti E Buoni’s lyrics into English here.

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Lyric changes for Eurovision 2021

The lyrics to Zitti E Buoni have been described as a “manifesto for those who want to treasure their uniqueness”.

Although the lyrics are all about embracing yourself and defying those who try to hold you back, they had to be altered for the Eurovision final.

Following the group’s Sanremo triumph, some changes needed to be made for Eurovision. In Zitti E Buoni, in fact, there are a couple of very explicit references and as the Eurovision rules state:

“No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC. No swearing or other unacceptable language shall be allowed in the lyrics or in the performances of the songs.”

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