🎶 04 – FINLAND 1

Song title: Burning Out

Music by: Tero Aalto

Lyrics by: Tero Aalto

Artist: Snowclone

Snowclone is a Finnish duo that produces pop music with a strong Nordic flavor. The band was founded in 2007. It consists of Anna Sipilä, a vocalist with a unique voice that grants Snowclone its signature sound, and Tero Aalto, who takes care of all the rest. 

Tero is a language technologist who has been writing songs for all his life, not only for Snowclone but also movies, theater etc. Tero’s first HCSC was back in 2002, and since 2011 he has participated every year.

Burning Out describes feelings everybody goes through at some point of their life: fatigue, disappointment, despair. How to cope with not being able to live up to your expectations? There are no answers here. Back in 2002, Tero’s first HCSC entry was “Waiting for Life” (later also recorded by Snowclone), and, fittingly, several other songs can be seen as continuation of the story that began there, alternate timelines, in a way. Among these, Burning Out presents perhaps the bleakest scenario.

Burning Out

Every day my world goes off in flames

Every night I drown in tears

Grandeur to decay

How I wound up this way

Burning out, caving in

Cracking up, breaking down

I was bound to rule this world

Greatness stood by my door

Affluence, no pretense

All my goals seemed to be within reach

I was trapped inside my mind

Doomed to chasing ubiquity

Shattered dreams cut skin like glass

Bleeding wounds on my feet

Never seem to heal

But I can conceal

Failures and anguished voices

Every day my world goes off in flames

Every night I drown in tears

Grandeur to decay

How I wound up this way

Burning out, caving in

Cracking up, breaking down

I have fallen on my face

Can’t revive sense of irony

Castles built on shifting sands

Fading vestige of hope

Nothing up my sleeve

Too much to achieve

It’s still too amusing, annoying

Astounding, appalling

To start accepting my fate

Every day my world goes off in flames

Every night I drown in tears

For this squandered brain

There’s a way down the drain

Barren thoughts congesting my mind

Every day my world goes off in flames

Every night I drown in tears

Grandeur to decay

How I wound up this way

Burning out, caving in

Cracking up, breaking down

For this squandered brain

There’s a way down the drain

Barren thoughts combusting me

Stifled cries breaking loose

Burning out