“Eat your salad and save the Planet”: Latvia brings the environment to Eurovision

Being sustainable is sexy. This is the message that the Latvian group You quote Zeni launched from the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with his Eat your salad (Eat your salad) Anyone who thinks that being vegan or giving up the car is unmanly. Far from it. “I don’t eat meat, I eat vegetables and f * ga”, in fact reads the first verse. Obviously censored, as also happened to the Maneskin with Zitti e buona in the last edition. After the foray on the turquoise carpet of Extinction Rebellion activists and the eco-friendly dress made with North Sea algae donated to Laura Pausiniwho leads Eurovision together with Mika and Alessandro Cattelan, with the song that represents Latvia the environment comes directly into the race at the festival of European songs.

Funky rhythm and explicit text written directly in English, Eat your salad it is a hymn to life with a low environmental impact. Invite to eat more vegetables, cycle to work, use canvas bags and glass jars to shop. And do the differentiated. A true decalogue of being green to help stop global warming and melting glaciers. Fearless: It will be a smooth road (All aboard the green Titanic / We sail the world and then sail the Atlantic / There is no ice on the route, no need to panic). Also from the point of view of relationships (not only) sentimental.

To the band from Riga, formed in 2020 by Janis Petersons, Dagnis Rozinš, Reinis Viškeris, Krišjanis Ozols, Roberts Memmens and Toms Kagainis, don’t like being labeled with a genre. He calls himself unicorn pop and uses a good dose of irony in all of the lyrics. A useful expedient to send busy and never boring messages, not only in the song with which they brought Latvia to Eurovision. All group members are vegetarians and environmentally conscious. On the stage of the PalaAlpitour each of them wore a one-color dress in bright tones, completely organic, including shoes. Because sustainability also passes through fashion.

The interview

“My music for a subversive idea, a better future”

by Ernesto Assante



The idea for the song, Janis said, came from two episodes. The provocative T-shirt of a vegan friend of his who recited the sentence with which the text begins and the meeting with a raw vegan competitor of a cooking show in which Janis himself participated, who completely changed his vision of the environment and challenged to create a non-depressing song on the subject. Even in the video we do not give up on irony andecology is shown as a quality that makes: in a vintage TV show entitled Salad for two (Salad for two), three suitors show off their green habits to win over an environmental girl.

Despite not having overcome the obstacle of the first semifinal, Eat your salad is already a smash hit on TikTok and has surpassed 1.5 million views on YouTube. Perhaps precisely because, as the band said, it makes it fun to listen to a difficult topic to digest. And so after a first verse full of advice, the second is full of sexual references. Because if you eat your salad, you save the planet. And you’re damn sexy.

The text

Instead of meat, I eat veggies and pussy
I like them both fresh, like them both juicy
I ride my bicycle to work instead of a car
All of my groceries are divided by weight
And stored in glass jars (yeah)
Got my reusable bag
That’s swag, my flex, my flag
Zero waste, that is my jam
Save fuel and sell your truck
The karma comes for free and so does luck
All aboard the green Titanic
Let’s sail the world and then cruise the Atlantic
No ice in the way, no need to panic
All the signs are there, let’s go organic
Oh, when you eat your veggies, baby, think of me
(Little kitty, don’t you know that being green is cool?)
Know that being green is hot (it’s hot)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet
Being green is sexy as you
Ring, ring, goddamn, it’s an exam, let’s go
Get your trash can, no backup plan, and sort through it
Bend over, then jiggle that peach (ayy)
You’re recycling while I’m loving those cheeks (that’s sweet)
I’m a beast instead of a killer, forget the hot dogs (what?)
‘Cause my sausage is just bigger
Three, two, one, all the girls go eco
If you want your man’s tongue longer than a gecko’s
Oh, when you eat your veggies, baby, think of me
(Little kitty, don’t you know that being green is cool?)
Know that being green is hot (it’s hot)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet
Being green is sexy as you

Translation

Instead of meat, I eat vegetables and flounder.
I like them both fresh, I like them both juicy
I go to work by bicycle instead of by car
All my shopping is divided by weight
And stored in glass jars (yeah)
I have my own reusable bag
This is my style, my brand, my flag
Zero waste, this is my passion
Save fuel and sell your truck
Karma comes for free and so does luck
All aboard the green Titanic
We sail the world and then we sail the Atlantic
There is no ice on the route, no need to panic
All the signals are there, let’s go biological
Oh, when you eat your vegetables, baby, think of me
(Little kitty, don’t you know that being green is cool?)
Know that being green is exciting (it’s exciting)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet
Being green is as sexy as you are
Ring, ring, damn, it’s a test, come on
Take your garbage can, with no backup plan, and do the separate collection
Bend over, then shake that peach (ayy)
You recycle while I love that ass (how sweet)
I’m a beast instead of a killer, forget the hot dogs (what?)
Because my sausage is bigger
Three, two, one, all girls go green
If you want your man’s tongue to be longer than a gecko’s
Oh, when you eat your vegetables, baby, think of me
(Little kitty, don’t you know that being green is cool?)
Know that being green is exciting (it’s exciting)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet
Being green is as sexy as you are

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