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When Spirits Are Calling My Name was the Swedish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in Stockholm performed by Roger Pontare, who made his second appearance in the contest after a 13th-place finish in 1994. The song is about indigenous people fighting for their land, and to illustrate the song's theme, Roger was joined onstage for his performance by a Cree-Indian pow-wow dancer, a Norwegian Sami and a Thule Eskimo.

On the night it was performed 18th following Croatia and preceding FYR Macedonia. At the close of voting it finished in 7th place with 88 points, a much better placing for a Swedish entry on home ground since their poor showing in Malmo only 8 years prior.

Lyrics

I am caught in a trap, there is no turning back, I'm finally facin' the fear
The sky is on fire, and up with the flames, my hope and my dreams disappear
So bring me the power, I'll be the king of the land and the seas
Show me the way to go, let me fight with my body and soul

Let me be the native son with freedom in my heart
Life will never be the same when spirits are calling my name
My name...

Let me out of the darkness, the shadow of pain, and I'm keepin' my promise to you
My people, my spirit, the home of my heart - you're with me wherever I go
So bring me the power, I'll be the king of the land and the seas
I've got a way to go, let me fight with my body and soul

Let me be the native son with freedom in my heart
Life will never be the same when spirits are calling my name
My name...

So bring me the power, I'll be the king of the land and the seas
I've got a way to go, let me fight with my body and soul

Let me be the native son with freedom in my home
Life will never be the same when spirits are calling my name

Spirits are calling my name

Videos

Eurovision Song Contest 2000 18 Sweden *Roger Pontare* *When Spirits Are Calling My Name* 16 9 HQ03:24

Eurovision Song Contest 2000 18 Sweden *Roger Pontare* *When Spirits Are Calling My Name* 16 9 HQ

Roger Pontare - When Spirits Are Calling My Name - Studio03:06

Roger Pontare - When Spirits Are Calling My Name - Studio

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