Carry Me in Your Dreams

"Carry Me in Your Dreams" is a song by Albanian singer Kejsi Tola, independently released as a single in 2008. It was written by Agim Doçi and composed by Edmond Zhulali. Musically, it is an English-language uptempo electronic and disco song, inspired by folk music and 1970s French pop. Its lyrics are a declaration of love by singing someone else's praise and also focuses on the longing between two separated people.

"Carry Me in Your Dreams"
The official cover depicting a sunset with the inscription of the song
Single by Kejsi Tola
Released2008 (2008)
Genre
Length3:07
LabelIndependent
Composer(s)Edmond Zhulali
Lyricist(s)Agim Doçi
Kejsi Tola singles chronology
"Një Minutë"
(2008)
"Carry Me in Your Dreams"
(2008)
"Qiellin do ta prek me ty"
(2009)
Eurovision Song Contest 2009 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
English
Composer(s)
Edmond Zhulali
Lyricist(s)
Agim Doçi
Finals performance
Semi-final result
7th
Semi-final points
73
Final result
17th
Final points
48
Entry chronology
◄ "Zemrën e lamë peng" (2008)
"It's All About You" (2010) ►

"Carry Me in Your Dreams" represented Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia, after Tola won the country's pre-selection competition, Festivali i Këngës 47, with the Albanian-language version "Më merr në ëndërr". The country reached the 17th place in a field of 25, gaining a total of 48 points. During her Cirque du Soleil-described show of the song, she was performing against slightly dark-coloured LED screens and was accompanied by three dancers and two backing vocalists.

Background and compositionEdit

In 2008, Kejsi Tola was announced as one of the twenty contestants selected to compete in the 47th edition of Festivali i Këngës, a competition to determine Albania's entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. Following the competition's rules, the lyrics of the participating entries had to be in the Albanian language. Tola took part with the song "Më merr në ëndërr", composed by Edmond Zhulali and written by Agim Doçi.[1] For the purpose of the Tola's Eurovision Song Contest participation, the latter song was translated and remastered to "Carry Me in Your Dreams".[2]

"Më merr në ëndërr" had a duration time of more than four minutes and contained a guitar solo in its beginnings as well as several instrumental passages throughout the song.[3] Due to Eurovision's performative requirements on songs length, the song was then shortened and transformed to a solo-described number.[3] Musically, "Carry Me in Your Dreams" is an uptempo electronic and disco song with "some text book schlager rhythms and key change".[1][3] It was inspired by 1970s French pop and incorporates folk elements.[4] Costa from ESCXtra noted a "psychedelic turbo-folk production".[4] Its lyrics are a declaration of love by singing someone else's praise and also focuses on the longing between two separated people.[5]

Release and promotionEdit

"Carry Me in Your Dreams" was independently released as a single on 1 January 2008 for download and streaming.[6] The song was also included on the Eurovision Song Contest: Moscow 2009 compilation album on CD issued by EMI.[7] For promotional purposes, Tola made diverse live appearances on multiple occasions in April 2009 to perform the song, including in Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro and the Netherlands, giving interviews and appearing on television shows.[8] An accompanying music video for the song premiered prior to the start of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 on 12 May 2009.[9]

Critical receptionEdit

"Carry Me in Your Dreams" has received generally positive reviews from music critics. In a later review for the song conducted by several ESCXtra staff members, the song's ethnic nature, instrumentation and lyrics, as well as Tola's vocal delivery were praised.[4] Angelos of the same website labelled it as "catchy, fun and memorable" and found the song to be among the "few" songs that worked "well" in English after having been performed in Albanian.[4] The website's Riccardo expressed praise towards the song's ethnic nature and the instrumental part near the end simultaneously calling it "mesmerising".[4] Borislava, another editor, was similarly positive regarding the song's "Balkan" influence while as of Costa, the song "is often regarded as one of Albania's best entries".[4]

At EurovisionEdit

Festivali i KëngësEdit

The national broadcaster of Albania, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), organised the 47th edition of Festivali i Këngës to determine the country's participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.[10][11] The former consisted of two semi-finals on 19 and 20 December, and the grand final on 21 December 2008. Tola was chosen to represent the country in the contest, after gathering the maximum votes, 126 points, from an expert jury.[12]

MoscowEdit

The 54th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Moscow, Russia, and consisted of two semi-finals held on 12 and 14 May, and the grand final on 16 May 2009.[13] According to the Eurovision rules at the time, each participating country, apart from the host country and the "Big Four", consisting of France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom, were required to qualify from one of the two semi-finals to compete for the grand final. However, the top ten countries from the respective semi-final progressed to the grand final. On 28 January 2008, it was announced that "Carry Me in Your Dreams" would be performed in the second semi-final of the contest.[14] During the second semi-final, Albania performed 16th, following Moldova and preceding Ukraine, and qualified for the grand final in seventh place with 73 points.[15][16] At the grand final, the country performed 19th, following Turkey and preceding Norway.[17] Albania finished in the 17th place in a field of 25 with 48 total points, ranking 23rd by the jury's 26 points as well as 11th by the televote of 81 points.[18]

On stage, Tola performed against slightly dark LED screens whose colors were predominately a mixture of red, orange, yellow and white.[19] The singer was accompanied by three male dancers and two female backing vocalists during her Cirque du Soleil-described performance of the song.[20][21] She wore a short white and pink tulle dress and her backing vocalists long white dresses.[20] Two of the dancers were dressed all in a black costume while the other wore a green glittery costume, covering his body and face.[20] The glittery costume of the dancer was often compared to the fictional character of Spider-Man.[20]

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download[6]
  1. "Carry Me in Your Dreams" – 3:07

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 2008 Digital download Independent [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Albania: Young but strong!". European Broadcasting Union. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  2. ^ Hondal, Victor (8 March 2009). "Albania: Kejsi Tola to sing Carry me in your dreams". ESCToday. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Albanien: Kejsi Tola" (in German). ARD. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Wells, Simon (29 December 2019). "Slideback Sunday: Dreaming of Albania!". ESCXtra. Archived from the original on 2 February 2020. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  5. ^ Klier, Marcus (26 April 2009). "Introducing the 2009 entries: Albania". ESCToday. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Citations regarding the digital release of "Carry Me in Your Dreams" by Kejsi Tola in various selected countries:
  7. ^ Eurovision Song Contest - Moscow 2009 (Compilation CD). European Broadcasting Union. Europe (Barcode: 5099969968020): EMI. 2009.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: location (link) CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ Floras, Stella (28 April 2009). "Albania: Kejsi Tola's promo tour". ESCToday. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  9. ^ Lewis, Cole (18 March 2009). "Albania: Official Carry me in your dreams Video". ESCToday. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Festivali i 47-te i Kenges ne RTSH" (in Albanian). RTSH. Archived from the original on 20 December 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Albania: Festivali i Këngës to start tonight". European Broadcasting Union. 19 December 2008. Archived from the original on 3 May 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Kejsi Tola to represent Albania in Moscow!". European Broadcasting Union. 22 December 2008. Archived from the original on 3 May 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest–Moscow 2009". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 3 May 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  14. ^ "The Semi-Final Allocation Draw results!". European Broadcasting Union. 30 January 2009. Archived from the original on 22 June 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Moscow 2009: Draw for the Running Order completed!". European Broadcasting Union. 16 March 2009. Archived from the original on 8 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Moscow 2009: Second Semi-Final Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union. 14 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Moscow 2009: Grand Final". European Broadcasting Union. 16 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Moscow 2009: Grand Final Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union. 16 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Kejsi Tola - Carry Me In Your Dreams (Albania) Live 2009 Eurovision Song Contest". European Broadcasting Union. 18 August 2016. Archived from the original on 8 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  20. ^ a b c d "Albania: The beauty and her faceless prince". European Broadcasting Union. 10 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  21. ^ "POLL: What is your favourite Eurovision entry from Albania?". Wiwibloggs. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2020. Kejsi Tola’s performance was very Cirque du Soleil with a man dressed in green from head to toe and two mimes.