This song, brought by the Swedish vocalist Lorine (Loreen, the creative pseudonym of the singer with the exotic name Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui and no less exotic appearance) made a splash and scandal at the same time. 39-year-old Lorin, who not only sings, but also composes songs herself, was suspected of double plagiarism – borrowing the melodies of the lyrical ballad Flying Free written almost 25 years ago (the debut of the Pont Aeri group) and the song “In Captivity” written in Russian, which glorified Ukrainian singer Oksana Gritsay. Lorin herself is as calm as the snows of her country or the Snow Queen herself – she explains that the plot of “Tattoo” (“Tattoo”), which tops the charts in 14 countries, including the USA, Belgium, Finland, Poland and the Czech Republic, is borrowed from her difficult personal life , and the coincidence of motives is pure coincidence.
However, Lorin does not explain which of her lovers became the prototype of her lyrical hero. But this does not prevent the popularity of the song, named not after a cunning pattern on the shoulder or wrist, but after a man who has stuck to his girlfriend like a tattoo to the skin, and does not want to part with her for anything, even when their mutual feelings have long been have cooled down. A strong woman who instructs and admonishes her infantile lover, who behaves like a child clinging to her mother, an adult man who does not see the difference between a mature woman’s love and an all-forgiving mother’s love – a landmark motif for the 21st century, when women behave like men, firmly and decisively, and men cannot understand how to feel and act in a changed world. Such situations are found even in the homeland of the singer’s father and mother, in deeply conservative and patriarchal Morocco, not to mention the “advanced” Sweden, which has long been ahead of the rest in terms of feminism and emancipation.
The singer assures her lover that the time has come for them to part, even if he closes his eyes, unable to face the bitter truth. But she can hardly hold back her tears at the mere thought of separation, although she understands that the inevitable separation will help both of them understand themselves and their partner and find the way to true mature love. The singer’s heart is full of bitterness, but there is no room for pretense and lies in it – she swears that her love is not given to any other man. She promises her “baby” that she will certainly be by his side, even if she has to go through fire and water and overcome thousands of dangers. This will happen when the stars under which Lauryn and her anonymous lover were born converge again, predicting their quick meeting and successful explanation.
On the day of the union of lovers, a star rain sparkling like crystal will fall from the sky, and white-winged angels will cry with emotion and joy, as if they saw the Garden of Eden and its inhabitants – Adam and Eve, the first married couple in the world, innocent and happy, as at the dawn of creation . On this day, invisible violins will sing, greeting a loving couple who have found the strength to overcome all dangers and prejudices and be together. “I don’t care what other people say,” the singer repeats, feeling that her intuition tells her the right path. She begs her lover not to cheat on herself, not to believe gossip and slander, and not to lose her loving heart – the most important thing she has. Lorin does not know when the hour of the meeting will come, but she believes that it will certainly come if the lovers are faithful to each other and do not lose the most important treasure – mutual trust.
The singer is confident in her triumph at Eurovision 2023, which will take place in May in British Liverpool, the hometown of the famous four Beatles. She has already won Eurovision 2012, while the author of the song Euphoria was her compatriot Peter Boström, who participated in the creation of the song “Tattoo”. There is no news about the withdrawal of Lauryn’s candidacy, bookmakers predict her victory with a probability of 40%, and the singer herself is already ready to celebrate with her friends another prize taken from the battle in one of the Stockholm restaurants. The place of the celebration is not disclosed, so as not to attract crowds of fans and just curious people there.