The 1st runner up of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, “Lane Moje” representing Serbia, was written and performed by Zeljko Joksimovic, one of the most popular performers in the country.

As you are listening to the music and watching the clip, your head might start to wonder about the country hidden behind the song and murmur, “It must be a beautiful society.”

Zeljko also wrote the music for “Lejla,” performed by Hari Mata Hari, representing Bosnia in the 2006 contest. This performance finished 3rd. Both won the Press Award for the best songs.

You should know that all winners and the majority of top-placed finishes of recent Eurovision’s have been songs written in English and had catchy rhythm. “Lane Moje” and “Lejla” are typical sad, hear-wrenching love ballads with lyrics written in Serbian and Bosnian (hmm I try to be politically correct). They are indeed survivors against all odds.

See the Eurovision performance.

(I keep wondering how could such song lose.)

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