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Everything you need to know about  Eurovision’s “(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi” by 5MIINUST & Puuluup

Eurovision Song Competition (ESC) 2024 is around the corner. If you haven’t already, it’s time to get to know Estonia’s entry: “(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi” by 5MIINUST & Puuluup.

5MIINUST (or viis-miinust, if you want the spelling) and Puuluup presents a dance-off between a rapper and a talharpa-wielding anthropologist in this ultimate battle denying the use of narcotics.

Does it check the boxes?
✅ Sung in the national language
✅ Features a national instrument
✅ Boasts a signature dance move
✅ Includes a chanting moment
✅ Is an undeniable banger

A 40 second introductory clip with 5MIINUST and Puuluup via Eurovision. Here you see three things “you should know about us”.

Much like Vegemite, this song tends to evoke strong reactions—either love or hate, with little room for middle ground.

Dive into this comprehensive post to uncover everything you need to know about the song, the artists, and some intriguing trivia tidbits. Our exploration wouldn’t have been possible without the wealth of Eurovision Reddit posts, videos, interviews, and articles dedicated to these talented performers – links throughout and at the end. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you feel there’s something missing. Simply drop us a line at media [a] eesti.org.au.

It’s the longest song title in Eurovision history

Estonia’s entry has made Eurovision history with its title. ‘(Nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi’ is the first song in over a decade that Estonia has sent in our native language, and now holds the record for the longest song title ever to grace the Eurovision stage* with 55 characters. 

This record-breaking title surpasses the previous holder, San Marino’s “The Social Network Song (OH OH – Uh – OH OH),” from ESC 2012, which had 44 characters. Other notable contenders include Germany’s “Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne” (1964) and France’s “C’est le dernier qui a parlé qui a raison” (1991), both with 41 characters.

*The longest Eurovision song title could technically go to Spain’s “Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao – They Can’t Take The Fun Away From Me” (2011). But since the title is just a repetition by translation, most say it does not qualify. It is generally accepted that Estonia have broken the record this year.

The birth of e-pop?

Estonia’s 2024 ESC entry has sparked discussions about the potential rise of “e-pop”, or the “k-popification of Estonia”.

K-pop, short for Korean pop music, has become a global cultural sensation in recent years, captivating audiences far beyond its country of origin. Typically characterised by its catchy melodies, stylish visuals, and well choreographed dance routines, k-pop represents more than just a music genre: it’s a multifaceted cultural phenomenon, encompassing K-dramas, films, fashion, cuisine, and language. Could e-pop, representing Estonian pop culture, be the next trend to captivate international audiences?

“Imagine in a parallel universe we get e-pop, not k-pop, and everyone is learning Estonian and doing the Veisson dance flash mobs.”

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e-pop fanart of 5Miinust and Puuluup by Mxgentx
Estoners logo via reddit

At the heart of K-pop’s global success lies its dedicated fan base, known as “K-pop stans”. These fans are incredibly passionate and active on social media platforms, tirelessly promoting their favorite groups. 5MIINUST and Puuluup’s Eurovision entry has galvanized a new wave of fans – or e-pop stans? – from different corners of the globe. Could we be the “next big thing”?

Affectionately dubbed “Estoners”, this fanbase have even created a logo (image on left). Estoners have showcased their creativity through fanart (see here, here, here – sprinkled throughout this post), memes, stickers, valentine’s day cards (below), photocards, fanchants, a design for a light stick (below), colour-coded lyric videos (see Lyrics) and many other appreciation posts. Their enthusiasm underscore the potential of e-pop to captivate audiences beyond Estonia’s borders.

What does Estonia’s ESC song title mean?

To translate “(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi” to English is not exactly the easiest task. But people have tried:

  • (Of those) narcotics we (certainly) don’t know anything.
  • We (really) don’t know anything about (these) narcotics.
  • We don’t know (anything) about (these particular) drugs.
  • We (do) know nothing about (those) drugs.
  • We (sure) know nothing about (these) drugs.

My favourite translation of “(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi” is probably “we (sure) know nothing about (these) drugs”, but most translate it as “We (really) don’t know anything about (these) drugs”.

In essence, the song title is a denial of knowing about these/those drugs. Is it a tongue-in-cheek answer, like *wink* I don’t know anything *wink wink*, or an earnest rejection? I’ll leave that for you to decide as you read on.

I can’t wait for the commentators to announce this song. Already now, many have given up and call it “The Drug Song”, or “Nendest Something Something”, or simply “Nendest…”.

One fan shortened the title into an acronym and found a (coincidental or deliberate?) easter egg: NNETMKM. Net (нет) is “no” in Russian and mkm is a way to say “no” in Estonian. Even the acronym is a way to deny knowing anything about those drugs!

Who are the performers, 5MIINUST & Puuluup?

The song is performed by two separate groups who have come together for Eurovision: 5MIINUST and Puuluup (or 5MxP).

5MIINUST x Puuluup told us that if there’s ever a movie of their lives, Brad Pitt would play all 6 of them: “2 with underwear, 4 without.” The first rule of lyre club: you do not talk about lyre club.

Eurovision.tv

5MIINUST (Estonian for ‘five minuses’) is one of the most successful Estonian music acts of the last ten years, dominating local radio waves and streaming platforms since their start in 2016. Despite Estonia’s one-million population, they’ve got nearly 200k monthly listeners on Spotify alone, solidifying their reputation for delivering catchy, high-energy tracks.

The group currently has four members: Kristjan Jakobson (“Estoni Kohver”), Priit Tomson (“Lancelot”), Mihkel Tamm (“Päevakoer”), and Karl Kivastik (“Põhja Korea”). Their original fifth member, Pavel Botšarov (“Venelane”), left the group in 2023 to start a solo career under the pseudonym “Gameboy Tetris”.

Often labeled as “rappers” or a “hip-hop group,” their discography mostly showcases bouncy party tunes or raunchy rap/dance tracks. Renowned for their rebellious spirit, 5MIINUST catapulted to fame with explicit hits like aluspükse (“underwear”) and erootikapood (“erotic shop”). As their fanbase expanded, however, 5MIINUST have started transitioning towards more radio-friendly and family-oriented lyrics – though I’m unsure whether Nendest qualifies here.

e-pop fanart of Estoni Kohver by LittleVIC

Puuluup are a duo: Ramo Teder and Marko Veisson. Ramo has the blonde hair and sings/raps on the bridge of “Nendest…” and Marko, a cultural anthropologist and lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts, has the deep voice in the chorus. They’ve been performing together for about a decade, across 24 countries.

The name Puuluup combines Puu, Estonian for “wood” or “tree”, with Luup, referring to the looper they use in their production process. Embracing the title Zombie Folk, they describe their music as “A pinch of surrealism, modern folklore, and talharpa revival!”.

The talharpa (“tail-hair harp” or hiiu kannel in Estonian) is the string instrument prominently featured in the performance. Historically played in Western Estonia, this ancient instrument was on the brink of extinction until Puuluup breathed new life into it – hence inspiring the genre name zombie folk. Marko and Ramo proudly claim that they are two of only three people in the world earning a living by playing the Talharpa.

e-pop fanart of Puuluup by Mxgentx
An (obviously) professionally edited image of Marko Veisson (left) and Michael Stevens (right). Screen grabs from eurovision and Vsauce videos.

Fans have also quickly noticed the uncanny resemblance between famous YouTuber Michael Stevens from Vsauce and Puuluup’s Marko Veisson – a comparison not unnoticed by the group. The twinning has given rise to loads of memes:

  • “Hi Vsauce, Michael here. Or am I?”
  • “I didn’t know that Vsauce could sing in Estonian…”
  • “Hello Viisauce, Marko here! Where are your drugs?”
  • “So, the V in Vsauce stands for ‘Viis’. We finally found out!”

An unlikely collaboration… or is it?

“These folk punkers sing in their own language and dart around the stage like agents of chaos. It’s madness, but is there a method to their madness?”

Boris Meersman

Both bands have been making music for around a decade, but their sounds are very different. YouTube channel “Overthinking It” figures that: “You have a folk group that’s not mainstream enough to make it to Eurovision on their own, you have a rap group that’s not ethnic enough to make it to Eurovision on their own. They need each other.” Although an unlikely match, it looks like these opposites really do attract, spawning an inter-generational, cross-genre friendship.

In an interview by Eurovision World, 5Miinust and Puuluup explained that the bands met through the Estonian Music Awards and thought it would be fun to collaborate. They just didn’t realise it would become “such a deep collaboration”.

The groups enjoyed each other’s company so much so, that they went on a band camp in Vormsi (a small island in West Estonia) to come up with new music – which is where the song “(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi” was born.

“Eventually, we started looking for ways of playing into each other’s songs and create like a mash-up of our music. It worked so well and we enjoyed the energy and vibe so much that when it looked like it was over, we didn’t want it to end. In fact, the reason we went to a band camp to come up with this song was precisely because we wanted to hang out more. We really developed a good friendship. We have the same humor, same likes… it made sense.”

Puuluup and 5Miinust, via Eurovision World

It was in just one day that they had the idea and agreed to compete in Eesti Laul.

“We felt like there were folk vibes, the Estonian language, and a catchy song that could do well in Europe.”

Puuluup and 5Miinust, via Eurovision World

In Eesti Laul, they were runaway favourites among fans from the second the song dropped. They ended up winning Eesti Laul in a televote landslide, despite coming third with the juries due to 2 jurors (including ESC-alumni Anna Sahlene) ranking them last. In Estonia, the top 3 performing songs are taken through to a Superfinal, which is televote only.

So it seems: combining these two artists led to the perfect storm for a truly unforgettable Eurovision entry. 5MIINUST brings the fire power and bass, while Puuluup brings a rare Scandi-Estonian instrument that introduces the world to a whole new soundscape. And if that’s not enough, 5MIINUST and Puuluup just released a whole album together, kannatused ehk külakiigel pole stopperit (“Suffering, or the village swing, has no stopwatch”), under Universal Music Estonia.

No one can argue that this record is not the third most Estonian thing possible, after kama and a bog hike. Popmuusika “Rehepapp”, noh.

Kaspar Villup via ERR

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What is “(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi” about?

Overthinking It said it best: “Lyrically, Nendest… is mostly about band members loudly telling us that they haven’t done any drugs, and they don’t even know what drugs are, and how dare you imply otherwise!”

The song opens with the subtlety of a sledgehammer as the group emphatically set the record straight, “We’re not junkies”.

From the outset, we’re thrust into the middle of a scenario where accusations have already been flung their way, setting the tone for the unfolding drama. Each verse reinforces their assertion of innocence, which poet Joonas Veelmaa described as something like “an explanatory letter, manifesto, or interview with a journalist, attempting to debunk some myth”.

We learn that the criminal TV-reality show Politseikroonika is on the scene and uniformed police are turning their summer house upside down – but they’re convincing themselves (and us) that everything will be just fine. Because really, what could go wrong when they only have a humble bag of chips on the table, not a bag of… anything else?

Admist the chaos, the group pleads ignorance, claiming they wouldn’t be able to differentiate between vitamins and speed if their lives depended on it. All they know is lemonade and cider. What’s that about mushrooms? Check the kitchen to find culinary variants like russalas and champignons (certainly not any illicit type).

And anyway, how could they possibly be addicts? Drugs are a vice reserved for the rich, not for them. They’re as clean as a whistle, even if their ragtag wardrobe was scrounged during a dumpster dive.

(Further on in the post, we’ll break down the lyrics some more.)

Each verse adds to the comedic narrative. Despite the eyebrow-raising circumstances, nobody knows whose drugs those are. Nendest… revels in absurdities and the lengths some go to defend their innocence, all while compelling us to join in the dance. But are the characters actually innocent victims of harassment or guilty as charged?

Innocent or Guilty?

So, are 5MIINUST and Puuluup innocent victims of circumstance, or are they just good at spinning a tall tale?

Not unlike the title, the meaning of “(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi” has also been open to translation. Is the song blatantly about drugs or is there more to it? Are they good guys or bad guys?

Making it all the more difficult to interpret, both groups are known for their “trolling”. For example, in one of the Eesti Laul interviews, they talked about how the TV building is the illuminati HQ and ERR’s head of entertainment shows is controlled by external forces. In another interview with Puuluup, they explain the meaning for their song “Chika Pua”. Ramo is speaking in Estonian and Marko translates into English. Of course, Marko’s translation is completely different to what Ramo is actually saying. Worse still (?), each time they discuss “the song”Chika Pua” in a live show, Puuluup tell a different, very detailed, story of what this song means. You almost actually believe them every time – but you probably shouldn’t.

When it comes to interpreting Nendest…, there are two main camps: (1) They’re guilty, or (2) They’re being unduly harassed.

Camp One: Guilty

People in the Guilty camp think they’ve been caught red-handed and are trying to talk themselves out of trouble.

Literary critic Saara Liis Jõerand concluded that it’s a story of digging oneself into a hole: “Just the fact that something is denied at the beginning makes you a little doubtful. If I were to say, for example, that ‘I don’t live in Pärnu’, then you might start to wonder whether I actually do. And if I say again that ‘I don’t live in Pärnu, where the sea is’, it gets progressively worse,” Jõerand explains to ERR.

Overthinking It questions how the group have a “suvila” (summer house) and why they would wear “kleidid” (dresses) from the trash. He posits that the group are in fact drug makers, wearing trash “dresses” like disposable scrubs and using drug-money to purchase the summer house. Comments, however, disagree with this take, pointing out that “suvilas” are quite normal in Estonia (not necessarily denoting wealth) and that he’s missed a cultural reference about the “dresses”. (Read more below.)

5MIINUST and Puuluup’s Politseikroonika reference “prügikasti leid”. Screengrab via “Siberi rahaboss” episode.

Although Overthinking It may have missed the mark with the “dresses”, that doesn’t mean this line doesn’t support the Guilty Camp.

This line references an infamous clip of Politseikroonika known as “Siberi rahaboss” (“Siberian money boss”). The host, Peter Võsu, visits three (apparently) drunken people in a small mal-kept apartment. Here, the residents reject the notion that “junkies” live there and justify their hoarder-like abode, explaining that they reclaim goods through dumpster diving. Point-in-note: the dress the worn by the woman was in fact found in the trash. In this context, the line casts doubt on the innocence of the Nendest characters – it sounds more like a guilty denial.

Camp Two: Innocent

On the other hand, some fans argue that the group are being unduly harassed. The theme of trying to catch someone with drugs based on appearances is an old one in hip-hop, as memorably explored in Chamillionaire’s 2005 hit, Riden’. To build this claim, fans point to the numerous references of wealth (or lack thereof):

“The mention of class hints at how wealth can impact the way police perceive people. If they were rich it would be OK for them to have drugs, but because they’re poor, they need to defend themselves and deny everything. Or it could just be a glorious piece of intelligent humour.”

Lucy Percy via Wiwiblogs

In my view, the song doesn’t necessarily imply that “it would be OK for [rich people] to have drugs”, but instead suggests that the Nendest characters simply don’t have the money to fund an addiction. This interpretation is reinforced by references to their class throughout the song. For instance, the line “Ducklings are small, but poppies are so tall” alludes to the Italian song “Papaveri e Papere” (Poppies and Ducklings), which allegorises the rich and the poor. (Read more below.)

The Italian song’s lyrics describe how the poppies (representing the wealthy elite) grow tall and beautiful in their luxurious gardens, while the ducks (representing the working class) quack and waddle around in the dirt. Despite its light-hearted tone, the song critiques the class divide and advocates for greater empathy and understanding towards those who are less fortunate.

Additionally, an intriguing interpretation suggests that 5MIINUST might be portrayed as the police force and Puuluup as the supposed drug dealers, only for it to be revealed that Puuluup is actually organising talharpa classes (with dancing!) in secret. 5MIINUST ultimately joins Puuluup’s Vormsi dance and Hiiu Kannel class. This twist underscores the idea that appearances can be deceiving and suggests that the music itself may be the real “addictive drug.”

What the artists have to say

Eurovision.tv explains that “[5MIINUST and Puuluup’s] Eurovision entry is the first song they’ve made together, and they wanted to make it all about breaking social barriers and overcoming prejudice — they say it marks their opposing reputations, 5MIINUST as ‘wild boys’ and Puuluup as ‘pristine'”. According to Veisson and Korea, inspiration for the song stemmed from a candid conversation while on the road. Veisson elaborates:

“We were driving to the band camp discussing different cultures and we complained to the boys that we knew nothing about drugs even though we work in the music business. I don’t know why but we had this idea that it would be expected of us to know about it because there are so many people within the industry who do it. People assume such just because we’re musicians.

Puuluup via Eurovision world

This conversation sparked the idea for the song. Veisson pointed out that they could sing about that: We don’t know anything about drugs. The concept grew organically.

Its original title contains two extra words in brackets – we (really) don’t know anything about (these) drugs:

“There are double brackets in the song’s title that alludes to our band. If you take the brackets out, then it’s only about Puuluup, as they really don’t know,” 5Miinust laugh. “We have fed this notorious image of ourselves as being crazy guys, so we had to find a middle term between both experiences and create a controversial song.”

When asked whether they are trying to promote the use of drugs with Nendest, much like their song itself, they denied it. The group explains that there are multiple layers to it:

The first one is to have fun, above all as that’s the most important thing and why we did this song in the first place. Another layer is not to judge a book by its cover and remain true to who you are. There’s also references to social and political issues, drug abuse, and even a reference to an old Italian song from Sanremo.

5Miinust and Puuluup via Eurovision world

The Veisson Dance

That little dance, called the Veisson Dance, has become iconic. It’s being danced around the world. Now we’re faced with the all-too-important question: where did it come from? Karl Kermes from Vormsi discussed this on the R2 show “Hommik”.

Karl revealed that it was during 5MIINUST and Puuluup’s band camp in Vormsi last summer that the Veisson “was danced and solidified”.

He described the Veisson as a võimustusi tants – a “power dance”‘ – reminiscent of what a hunter or warrior might perform before a hunt or battle. Echoing traditional Estonian practices, particularly among Viking tribes in Estonia’s west, Kermes believes the Veisson is essentially a Vormsi dance.

“This dance isn’t borrowed from TikTok; it’s been reintroduced there.”

Karl Kermes via R2 show “Hommik”

Vormsi has an old cultural legacy, albeit interrupted by World Wars and Soviet-era deportations. While the modern Vormsi populace had forgotten the ‘Veisson’ dance until now, Puuluup has brought a part of our historical identity back to life.

“What 5MIINUST and Puuluup do is very commendable, because they bring out things from history that would otherwise never reach us. Modernising an old culture is the idea of ​​moving culture forward.”

Karl Kermes via R2 show “Hommik”

“(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi” lyrics — 5Miinust & Puuluup (Estonia Eurovision 2024)

You can also see how Eurovision has translated the song here.

Estonian lyrics

[Intro: päevakoer]
Ey, ey, ey, ey, ey
Me pole narkom—
Ei oota, kes see

[Salm 1: päevakoer]
Me pole narkomaanid pole midagi teind
Kleidid meie seljas on prügikasti leid
Politseikroonika ja suvilas on reid
Ainus kott mis laual on roheline Lay’s*

Me pole narkomaanid pole midagi teind
Kleidid meie seljas on prügikasti leid
Politseikroonika ja suvilas on reid
Vormis mehed külas mul on väga okei

UUUUjEEEE

[Refrään: kohver, Marko Veisson]
Uuu, kuula nüüd seda, saab huugama ära
Meid kuulda on täna, a see kott vii ära
Ma ei tea narkootikume, limpsi tean ja siidrit
Vahet ma ei suudaks teha vitamiinil spiidil

UUUU

Uuu, kuula nüüd seda, saab huugama ära
Meid kuulda on täna, a see kott vii ära
Pilvikud ja šampinjonid – kus on teie niidid?
Käivitate minu keha nagu köögipliidi

[Salm 2: Marko Veisson]
Pardikesed väikesed, kuid moonid on nii pikad
Mõnuaineid väldime, las seda teevad rikkad
Kohal varahommikul ja kirevad kui kikkad
Ära viisid kommid mul need kurva näoga plikad
Viiriana Vikka!

[Salm 3: Põhja Korea]
Mõnuaineid väldime vaid sest me pole rikkad
Tarekese tagatoas on laual ainult IPA-d
Prillid on pupilli–.. eino pulli pärast ikka
Läbi näevad kõigest need, kes jõudnud esiritta

[Sild: lancelot]
(Ole, ole vait, ma pole teind)
Ole vait ja ma pole teind
Kuigi ümber minu aint on see tants vaid siin käind jeaa
Ole vait ja ma pole näind
Kuigi ümber minu aint on see tants vaid siin käind jeaa

[Refrään: kohver, Marko Veisson]
Uuu, kuula nüüd seda, saab huugama ära
Meid kuulda on täna, a see kott vii ära
Ma ei tea narkootikume, limpsi tean ja siidrit
Vahet ma ei suudaks teha vitamiinil spiidil

Kuula nüüd seda, saab huugama ära
Meid kuulda on täna, a see kott vii ära
Pilvikud ja šampinjonid – kus on teie niidid?
Käivitate minu keha nagu köögipliidi

English translation

[Intro: päevakoer]
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay
We’re not junki—
Wait, who

[Verse 1: päevakoer]
We are not junkies, we haven’t done anything
The dresses that we’re wearing were a dumpster-find
“Police Chronicle” and the summerhouse is raided
The only bag on our table is a green Lay’s*

We are not junkies, we haven’t done anything
The dresses that we’re wearing were a dumpster-find
“Police Chronicle” and the summerhouse is raided
Men in uniforms visiting, I’m totally okay

UUUUyEEAH

[Chorus: kohver, Marko Veisson]
Now listen to this, we’ll get it going
You’ll hear us tonight, but take that bag away
I don’t know drugs, I know soda and cider
I couldn’t tell apart vitamins from speed

UUUU

Now listen to this, we’ll get it going
You’ll hear us tonight, but take that bag away
Russulas and champignons – where are your filaments?
You turn my body on like a kitchen stove

[Verse 2: Marko Veisson]
Ducklings are small, but poppies are so tall
We avoid drugs, let’s leave that for the rich
Here early in the morning and crowing like roosters
My candies were taken by these sad-faced girls
Viiriana Vikka!

[Verse 3: Põhja Korea]
We avoid intoxicating substances ’cause we ain’t rich
On the table in the backroom there are only IPAs
Sunglasses for pupil–… no well, just for fun obviously
Those who made it to the front row see through everything

[Bridge: lancelot]
(Shut, shut up, I haven’t done it)
Shut up, I haven’t done it
Despite this dance only going on around me here, yeah
Shut up, I haven’t seen anything
Despite this dance only going on around me here, yeah

[Chorus: kohver, Marko Veisson]
Now listen to this, we’ll get it going
You’ll hear us tonight, but take that bag away
I don’t know drugs, I know soda and cider
I couldn’t tell apart vitamins from speed

Now listen to this, we’ll get it going
You’ll hear us tonight, but take that bag away
Russulas and champignons – where are your filaments?
You turn my body on like a kitchen stove

*In March 2024, it was announced that, in accordance with Eurovision regulations prohibiting any reference to trademarks, mention of Lay’s chips would be removed from a verse of the song ahead of the contest. The amended lyrics are “ainus kott mis laual täis pandipudeleid” – “the only bag on the table is full of recyclable bottles”.

Breaking down some of the lyrics

Politseikroonika ja suvilas on reid – Police Chronicle and the summerhouse is being raided

Here’s an explicit reference to the TV show “Politseikroonika”. There’s a very famous clip of “Politseikroonika” that’s known as “Siberi rahaboss” (“Siberian money boss”), where the host visits three drunken people in a small, mal-kept, hoarders apartment, one of whom is a guy who keeps repeating how he earned a lot of money in Siberia (hence the name).

In that episode, the woman in the group says “mul ei ole… meil ei ole narkomaane…” which in English means “I don’t have… we don’t have any junkies…[here]”. The first line of the song might actually reference this phrase. Later on the woman mentions how they gather stuff from garbage and says this: “Näete, seesama kleit, mis mul seljas on – see on ka leitud prügikastist” which in English means “You see, the same dress that I’m wearing – this was also found from a garbage can”.

You can watch “Siberi raha boss” here (with English subtitles) or watch it with Andrei Zevakin and Robin Valting reacting (in Estonian) here on Youtube.

Rohelised Lays | Green Lay’s

Per my comment above, this lyric had to be amended to comply with ESC’s rules.

You can find a humorous video about how 5Miinust came up with the new line to replace “Rohelised Lay’s” here.

Saab huugama ära | We’ll get it going

Somewhat of a tricky lyric to translate. Some options include:

  • We’ll get it going
  • We gon’ be done getting turnt

Tarekese tagatoas on laual ainult IPA-d | On the table in the backroom there are only IPAs

IPA’s are beers.

The word tarakese is a diminutive form of “tare,” which translates to “cottage” or “small house” in Estonian (the -ese ending suggests “small”). It could refer to a small cottage or a cozy home.

This lyric suggests a laid-back and intimate setting, where the speaker is describing a scene in a cottage or a small house, where the only items on the table are IPAs (a type of beer). The use of “tarakese” adds a sense of warmth and familiarity to the description, evoking a cozy and comfortable atmosphere.

Prillid on pupilli–.. eino pulli pärast ikka | Sunglasses for pupil–… no well, just for fun obviously

5MIINUST have only ever taken their sunglasses off during a performance once, and that was when they won Eesti Laul. 

Pardikesed väikesed, kuid moonid on nii pikad | Ducklings are small, but poppies are so tall

The line about poppies and ducklings is a reference to the Italian song Papaveri i papere (poppies and ducks), paraphrased from its in Estonian translation Pardike ja mooniõis. In English it’s known with different lyrics as Poppa Piccolino. The original song is an allegory about the rich and the poor, which may relate to the following line about leaving drugs for the wealthy.

Fun fact: The singer of the 1980 duck song was Estonia’s first ever Eurovision representative in 1994, Silvi Vrait.

Viiriana Vikka

Reddit user saiaaiaasjaajaja (great username by the way –”bread garden make-things-happen-er”) suggests that the lyrics “Viiriana Vikka” are probably nonsensical:

“As an Estonian, I don’t think it means anything. Seems like a somewhat nonsense adlib to rhyme with the pikad/ rikkad/ kikkad/ plikad ending verse. Kind of sounds like it could be a girl’s name- it’s capitalized, and comes after the phrase referencing girls.”

There we have it. Viiriana and Vikka took away his candies.

Pilvikud ja šampinjonid – kus on teie niidid? | Russulas and champignons – where are your filaments?

“Niidid” likely refers to the filaments or threads that are present on certain types of mushrooms, particularly when they are still young or developing. These filaments are a characteristic feature of mushrooms and are often seen as small white threads on the surface of the mushroom’s cap or stem.

The lyric seems to be questioning the absence of these filaments, perhaps as a metaphorical way of questioning the authenticity or genuineness of something. Colloquially in English, “mushrooms” also refer to the psychedelic kind – the group is probably referencing this. This line is likely some wordplay, hinting at culinary mushrooms as opposed to the illicit kind.

How to watch Eurovision 2024 in Australia

LIVE from Malmö Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 May at 5:00am, and the prime time Access All Areas broadcasts from Friday 10 – Sunday 12 May at 7:30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.

Estonia was drawn to compete in the second semi-final, performing in the second half of the show, in the 13th spot (after Belgium’s Mustii). In Australia, catch the second semi-final on Thursday 9th May, starting at 5AM.

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If all goes well (get your votes in!) the Final is Sunday 12th.

Notes for your Trivia Night

  • (nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi is the longest title in Eurovision history, a record that has not been broken for 12 years with ESC San Marino 2012 entry
  • The groups’ combined age is 242 years old
  • Estonia has the lowest note this year, as well as the largest range in vocals (B2-G4)
  • 5miinust and puuluup have got along so well that they are releasing a collaborative album named Kannatused ehk külakiigel pole stopperit on April 26th.
  • 5miinust have released songs with Nublu (UMK 2024) including one with Elina Born (Estonia 2015), as well as Juri Pootsmann (Estonia 2016)
  • Despite sweeping the televote, 5miinust and puuluup came 2nd in both the semi-final and the regular final, only winning in the deciding superfinal vote

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