Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente (You haven't done anything to me) was selected by Italy for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. In the previous years, in particular, the world witnessed the rise of terrorist groups and the expansion of their terroristic activities. In addition, the song also condemned war and conflict in general.
The first stanza was packed with obvious references to real-life events. Let's go over them one by one:
"They don't know what the time is now in Cairo," says the author of Il Cairo non lo sanno che ore sono adesso, referring to the 2017 shooting at a church in Helwan. It was a shooting inside a mosque. Later on, the perpetrator was discovered to be working for the Islamic State.
"The sun on the Rambla today is not the same," says the author of the Il sole sulla Rambla non è lo stesso, which took place in 2017, particularly in La Rambla, where a man ploughed a van into a busy street, killing at least a hundred people. The day had been gloomy, and those who look at the city after that fateful day will be reminded of the tragedy, as if the sun had a different glow and
The 2015 Paris incidents are linked to the concerts in France. Someone is singing out loud, while another is screaming for his life. A morte is also linked to the attack on Bataclan, where concert attendees from Eagles of Death Metal were indiscriminately shot by armed men.
The song rose from a dark past, where evil activities ruined the time (le vostre inutili guerre). It portrayed examples of how wars might have an influence on children who did nothing to deserve the miserable existence they now live in. Moreover, it demonstrated that peace cannot be achieved without war.
If people are fighting to achieve peace because they want to, and we have stated that peace cannot exist unless there is war, then there is only one outcome. This outcome is that no one achieved anything, that all efforts were futile, hence the title. The singers sometimes singing-screaming the title "Non mi avete fatto niente" is a mockery of this failure, like a child would mock a fallen playmate.
The song also criticized the ways in which individuals might deviate from one another based on unnatural criteria, and that was also a factor in the conflict. All of us are humans, yet we divide ourselves based on random variables, when in fact, nothing is stopping us from loving everyone all the same because we are the same on the inside (scambiamoci la pelle in fondo siamo umani). This happens in wars where people are sent to the front lines against their will because their leader
The children (il mondo si rialza col sorriso di un bambino) are still alive and well in the world. It does not mean that the world would allot with a child's smile. It just means that, as long as a child smiles, there is still hope for the future.
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