'Presidentially-inspired' pop song released, with a little help from a Saeima deputy

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A new song has been released by popular Latvian singer Katrina Gupalo which claims to have been inspired by President Egils Levits.

Nor is that the end of the song's political connections, as the lyrics were provided by none other than veteran Latvian Saeima deputy Ojārs Ēriks Kalniņš (New Unity party), who it turns out is something of a songsmith on the side.

In fact "Levitate" is a re-tooled version in English of Gupalo’s song “Svarki”, with new lyrics penned by the former chairman of the Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee.

"Although both songs are musically similar, in terms of the lyrics and feeling 'Levitate' is a very different song. 'Levitate' is an engagingly romantic, flowing, and uplifting composition that invites one to rise above earthly concerns and levitate in love. It dares you to embrace your dreams and express them without fear," says publicity material.

Latvia's very own Bernie Taupin, Ojārs Ēriks Kalniņš, says this about his latest wordsmithery:

“The words are especially suited to Katrina - challenging, provocative, and mischievous. Of course, I can’t deny that the keyword of the song - levitate - presented itself when I was searching for a hook and happened upon an article about Egils Levits. Then it all became clear. Everything just flowed from there, exactly as it had to."

Presidentially-inspired lyrics include "Tease me to please me, never release me" and "You'll never get to kiss me, until you start to miss me."

The video, however, appears to make no obvious reference to President Levits' high office, his enthusiasm for discussing constitutional matters or even his previous experience as a judge at the European Court of Justice, preferring instead to concentrate on lots of young women having their skirts blown up to reveal their legs, in a manner popularised many years ago by Marilyn Monroe in the film The Seven Year Itch. A Latvian presidential term is only four years, however.



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