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Full words to Sam Ryder’s UK Eurovision 2022 song, who he wrote it with and when he performs


Whisper it quietly, but the UK might just be in with a shot in the Eurovision 2022 final, with its entry Sam Ryder among the favourites.

While the singer faces tough competition to add to the UK’s six Song Contest victories – the Ukrainian entry Kalush Orchestra is understandably tipped to win – he should at least give Brits something to cheer beyond Graham Norton’s one-liners.

He is one of the final acts to perform in the final, which is usually seen as an advantage when it comes to the public vote – here are the lyrics to the UK’s entry song “Space Man”.

What the lyrics to ‘Space Man’?

Ryder co-wrote “Space Man” with Ed Sheeran collaborator Amy Wadge and Max Wolfgang during the Covid-19 pandemic, more than a year before it was chosen as the UK’s Eurovision entry.

He told i ahead of the Song Contest: “It’s about chasing a life you thought you wanted only to find you already had the things you need. I think it’s joyously reflective. It only took about ten minutes to write.”

And British fans can expect Ryder to put on a real show: “My enthusiasm is greater than my fear. We ought not to go into this with any trepidation.

“Did you ever hear Freddie Mercury sing with trepidation on stage? We’re doing everything we can to make the performance on the night spectacular. Of course there’ll be space suits. We won’t let you down.”

Here are the lyrics to “Space Man” in full:

If I was an astronaut, I’d be floating in mid-air
And a broken heart would just belong to someone else down there
I would be the centre of my lonely universe
But I’m only human, and I’m crashing down to earth

If I was an astronaut, I’d have a bird’s eye view
I’d circle ’round the world and keep on coming back to you
In my floating castle, I’d rub shoulders with the stars
But I’m only human, and I’m drifting in the dark

I’m up in space, man
Up in space, man
I’ve searched around the universe
Been down some black holes
There’s nothing but space, man
And I wanna go home

If I was an astronaut, I’d speak to satellites
My navigation systems would search for other life
But I’d be up here thinking ’bout what I left behind
‘Cause I’m only human with the real world on my mind

I’m up in space, man
Up in space, man
I’ve searched around the universe
Been down some black holes
There’s nothing but space, man
And I wanna go home

Gravity keeps pulling me down
As long as you’re on the ground, I’ll stick around
Stick around
I’ll stick around

I’m up in space, man
Up in space, man
I’ve searched around the universe
Been down some black holes
There’s nothing but space, man, no
Oh, I’m in the wrong place, man
Nothing but, nothing but, nothing but space, man
Nothing but, nothing but, nothing but space, man

I’ve searched around the universe
Been down some black holes
Nothing but space, man
And I wanna go home

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Who is Sam Ryder?

Ryder, 32, comes from Maldon in Essex, and began singing as a child – he was inspired to pursue a career in music ater seeing Sum 41 live when he was in year 7.

He has spoken of his love for Eurovision, watching the Song Contest with his family as a child, and said he learned to play guitar after watching Finnish rock band Lordi win in 2006.

The singer-songwriter has also revealed a connection with Italy, making regular visits in his teens to snowboard.

His first forays into the music industry came as a singer and guitarist in the band The Morning After, with whom he released two studio albums, and he later played guitar for Canadian band Blessed by a Broken Heart on tour.

Ryder went on to become the band’s lead vocalist, before becoming the frontman of US rockers Close your Eyes after Blessed by a Broken Heart split in 2013.

Sam Ryder is one of the final acts perfomrng in the Eurovision 2022 final (Photo: Getty Images)

A bit for solo stardom followed, with Ryder – who counts David Bowie, Elton John and Queen among his influences – recording an album in 2016 which was never released, and going on to perform at clubs and weddings.

However, the singer found fame covering songs on TikTok during periods of Covid lockdown, which earned him attention from the likes of Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.

Ryder’s success earned him more than 12 million followers on TikTok, making him the most followed UK music artist on the platform.

In 2021 he released his debut EP, The Sun’s Gonna Rise, which was followed by a sold-out tour which established him as artist of real promise.

Previously, British fans were given the chance to vote for the UK’s Eurovision entry, but as was the case for James Newman, who represented Britain in 2021, this year the decision was made by the BBC and global music management company TaP Music.

Since he was announced, Ryder has been on the charm offensive, busking his entry on street corners in The Netherlands, Spain and Serbia, sharing clips of the performances on social media.

When is Sam Ryder performing in the Eurovision 2022 final?

Following the two semi-finals, here is the full running order for Saturday night’s final:

  1. Czech Republic (We Are Domi – “Lights Off)
  2. Romania (WRS – “Llàmame”)
  3. Portugal (Maro – “Saudade, saudade”)
  4. Finland (The Rasmus – “Jezebel”)
  5. Switzerland (Marius Bear – “Boys Do Cry”)
  6. France (Alvan & Ahez – “Fulenn”)
  7. Norway (Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf a Banana”)
  8. Armenia (Rosa Linn – “Snap”)
  9. Italy (Mahmood & Blanco – “Brividi”)
  10. Spain (Chanel – “SloMo”)
  11. Netherlands (S10 – “De Diepte”)
  12. Ukraine (Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania”)
  13. Germany (Malik Harris – “Rockstars”)
  14. Lithuania (Monika Liu – “Sentimentai”)
  15. Azerbaijan (Nadir Rustamli – “Fade to Black”)
  16. Belgium (Jérémie Makiese – “Miss You”)
  17. Greece (Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – “Die Together”)
  18. Iceland (Systur – “Með hækkandi sól”)
  19. Moldova (Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers – “Trenuleţul”)
  20. Sweden (Cornelia Jakobs – “Hold Me Closer”)
  21. Australia (Sheldon Riley – “Not the Same”)
  22. United Kingdom (Sam Ryder – “Space Man”)
  23. Poland (Ochman – “River”)
  24. Serbia (Konstrakta – “In Corpore Sano”)
  25. Estonia (Stefan – “Hope”)

The UK automatically qualifies for the final of Eurovision because it is one of the song contest’s “big five” nations, alongside Italy, Germany, France and Spain.

These countries bypass the semi-final stage alongside the host nation’s act, although after Italy’s triumph last year there is no extra automatic slot.

Given the UK’s performances in recent years, you would be correct in assuming this is not based on competitive prowess.

Instead, the status is bestowed due to the countries making the biggest financial contributions to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organises Eurovision.

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