Saudade, saudade

Maro single

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"Saudade, saudade"
The official cover for "Saudade, saudade"
Live version cover
Single by Maro
  • English
  • Portuguese
Released21 January 2022
GenreIndie pop
Songwriter(s)Mariana Secca
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 entry
  • Mariana Secca
  • John Blanda
Mariana Secca
Entry chronology
◄ "Love Is on My Side" (2021)

"Saudade, saudade" (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɐwˈðað(ɨ) sɐwˈðað(ɨ)]; stylised in all lowercase) is a song recorded by Portuguese singer Maro (Mariana Secca). It was released for digital download and streaming on 21 January 2022 via Universal Music.

It is an indie pop track with the lyrical theme of saudade. The song became commercially successful on home soil, peaking inside the top 5.

"Saudade, saudade" is scheduled to represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy after winning Festival da Canção 2022.[1]

Background and release

"It's about loss, but it's also celebration. It's crazy how impactful our grandparents can be, and how it's a reference to so many values, including unconditional love. Music is what gets us closest to that connection.".[2]


"Saudade, saudade" was one of the 20 songs that competed in Festival da Canção 2022, Portugal's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Maro was one of the songwriters invited by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP). The composers both created the song and selected the performer for their entry.[3] Maro decided to be the performer due to the song's personal nature: "[it] is about and for my grandfather who unfortunately is no longer with us, but who continues to be an essential part of me and who is and always will be greatly missed. That is why, I thought it would not make sense not to sing such a personal song."[4] Maro and American musician John Blanda, one of her best friends, have often worked together. The whole song originated from a Blanda's guitar riff. Maro thought it was beautiful and wanted to use it. She then wrote the lyrics over the melody.[5]

"Saudade, saudade" was released for digital download and streaming as part of the Festival da Canção 2022 compilation album on 21 January 2022 via Universal Music.[6][7] A piano-driven version titled "Saudade, saudade (Live in Studio)" was released on 7 March 2022.[8]


"Saudade, saudade" was written by Maro and produced by Maro and John Blanda. It is an indie pop track with a length of three minutes and one second (3:01)[9] that moves at a tempo of 83 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of B♭ minor and written in triple metre.[10] With background vocals, the song has an instrumentation consisting of strings, percussion and clapping. The song's lyrical theme is saudade, a Portuguese word with no direct English translation. defines saudade as a "deep emotional state of melancholic longing for a person or thing that is absent".[11] The character in the song focuses on the uniqueness of the word to express her true feelings: "Saudade / Saudade / Nothing more that I can say / Says it in a better way".[12]

Commercial performance

"Saudade, saudade" entered the Portuguese singles chart at number 176, before moving up to number 4.[13] The track debuted at number 3 on Billboard's Portugal Songs chart.[14]

Live performances

On 16 February 2022, Maro uploaded to her YouTube channel an acoustic version recorded in Avinyó, Spain.[15] Maro appeared on radio station RFM on 17 March, singing a portion of the song during the interview.[16]

Eurovision Song Contest

Festival da Canção 2022

On 4 November 2021, Maro was announced as a participating songwriter of Festival da Canção 2022, Portugal's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[17] On 21 January 2022, Maro was announced to be performing her song, titled "Saudade, saudade".[18] She competed in the first semi-final on 5 March 2022, placing first with 22 points after winning the jury vote and coming second in the televote. In the final, held on 12 March of that year, she won both the jury vote and the televote, placing first overall with 24 points, becoming the Portuguese representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[19]

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy, and will consist of two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May, followed by the final on 14 May 2022. Portugal has been placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[20] Portugal is set to perform in position ten, following the entry from Moldova and preceding the entry from Croatia.[21]

Track listings

  • Digital download / streaming[6]
  1. "Saudade, saudade" – 3:01
  • Live in studio[8]
  1. "Saudade, saudade (Live in Studio)" – 3:10

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from RTP.[22]


Chart performance for "Saudade, saudade"
Chart (2022) Peak
Portugal (AFP)[23] 4
Portugal Songs (Billboard)[14] 3

Release history

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 21 January 2022 Universal Music
Various 7 March 2022 (Live in Studio) Secca & CO., LLC / Venice Music


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  2. ^ "Portugal: MARO and her friends demystify 'saudade' for us". EBU. 3 May 2022. Archived from the original on 3 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  3. ^ "São estes os 20 autores do Festival da Canção 2022" (in European Portuguese). RTP. 4 November 2021. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Postcard: MARO - saudade, saudade / 1.ª Semifinal / Festival da Canção 2022" (in Portuguese). YouTube. 5 March 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
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  9. ^ "Indie Lusitano". Spotify. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Eurovision 2022 Track Analysis". TellyStats. Archived from the original on 20 April 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Saudade Definition & Meaning". Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  12. ^ "MARO – saudade, saudade (Lyric Video) / Festival da Canção 2022". YouTube. 21 January 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  13. ^ "Portuguese Charts: Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  14. ^ a b "Portugal Songs (Week of March 26, 2022)". Billboard. Retrieved 26 March 2022.
  15. ^ "MARO - "saudade, saudade" (Live in Avinyó)". YouTube. 16 February 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  16. ^ "MARO - SAUDADE SAUDADE". RFM. 17 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  17. ^ "Já são conhecidos os compositores do Festival da Canção". Jornal i (in Portuguese). 4 November 2021. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  18. ^ "Portugal: RTP unveils Festival da Cançao 2022 acts and entries". ESCToday. 21 January 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  19. ^ "Festival da Canção 2022 Voting Results" (PDF) (in Portuguese). RTP. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  20. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Which Semi-Final is your country performing in? 🇮🇹". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  21. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Semi-Final running orders revealed!". EBU. 29 March 2022. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  22. ^ "MARO – "saudade, saudade"" (in Portuguese). RTP. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  23. ^ "Maro+%5BPT%5D – Saudade, saudade". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved 26 March 2022.
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