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Face the Shadow

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"Face the Shadow"
Single by Genealogy
Released12 March 2015
RecordedLate February 2015
Songwriter(s)Inna Mkrtchyan
Armenia "Face the Shadow"
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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 entry
Armen Martirosyan
Inna Mkrtchyan
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Not Alone" (2014)   
"LoveWave" (2016) ►
Music video
"Face the Shadow" on YouTube

"Face the Shadow" (formerly known as "Don't Deny") is a song performed by Armenian supergroup Genealogy. The song is composed by Armen Martirosyan and the lyrics are by Inna Mkrtchyan. The song represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on 23 May 2015, finishing 16th overall, with a total of 34 points from only 8 countries including a maximum 12 points from Georgia.

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the first thing you have to understand with regards to trying to come to terms with the conception of the shadow is to understand the idea of persona and Persona is the you that you present when you want people to accept and like you often like let's say that you go to a party and You're trying to impress the people that are there, and you're trying to get them to like you and so you Maybe get jabbed at a little bit and you laugh And you know you're you go along with everyone so that they like you and then you go home? And you're bitterly resentful about the way that you were put down at this party And that's going to make all sorts of aggressive "I wish I could have said". It's gonna make all sorts of aggressive and vengeful thoughts sort of flash through your imagination. Well, the first part of the problem is that you were too much persona, right? You sacrificed yourself in some sense at the party so [that] people would like you and in the second part you're refusing to Admit to the existence of those elements of you that would have actually Protected you from doing that so let's say you go home, and you're all bitter and resentful, and you have fantasies of revenge I mean that reveals to you the shadow part of you that's aggressive and The thing is you actually need that because if you would have integrated that more successfully into your personality When you went to the party you wouldn't have had let - you wouldn't have had to let people put you down to get them to like you.You know, instead of having a face like this Which says I'll take anything that's coming my way. You know, you have a face and a stance That's more determined and assertive and if you manifest that properly people aren't going to mess with you to begin with But, you know, you may have already adopted a morality that says "well, I have to be likeable, and I shouldn't do anything that causes any conflict, and I shouldn't ever, you know, hurt anybody's feelings" so you're just to present yourself as a punching bag and you think that that makes you a good person, but it doesn't and There's no integration of the shadow in that situation So you see that at the end of the movie? we know when I mentioned this when Simba crowd climbs up the rock to take control of it all the female lionesses bare their teeth, and he roars It's like that aggressiveness is integrated into him and so resentment is a really good emotion for making contact with the shadow side because if you're resentful about something it basically Reveals two things it either means that you're immature and you should Stop whining and get on with things. You know someone's out this often happens with adolescents Who are asked say by their mother to clean up the room you go resentful about it? It's like shut up and clean up your room. You know it's not that much to ask or so that can be a Gateway into the observation of your own immaturity or it's possible that you're resentful because people really have been poking at you too much and taking and Taking shaw cheap shots at you and impressing you But what that means is that you've got some things to say that you haven't been willing to say or don't know how to say right you can't stand up for yourself properly and in order to do that you have to grow some teeth and Be willing to use them and again that's something that might violate your morality because you might say well, I shouldn't be able to bite people and The thing is yes, you should be able to bite people hard, and if you're able to bite them then generally you don't have to But they need to know that you can because otherwise especially people who are badly socialized they'll just keep encroaching on you and encroaching on you and encroaching on you and encroaching on you until You you put up a wall like someone who's really Well-put-together won't do that. You know because they're sophisticated But if you run into people who only have boundaries because other people impose them on them, and you will do it You're going to be the bullied one in the office For example, you're not going to get a raise People aren't going to credit you with your own work other people are going to take credit for it You know when you're going to go home angry because you're doing your best And you're trying to get along with everyone and nothing ever goes your way well, it's because you're a pushover and You think that's good because you confuse harmlessness with with with morality It's about it's not right just because you can't do any damage doesn't mean your moral. Just means you're you don't have the [capability] for Mayhem, and That makes you pushover. I mean the yogi of stuff is very very dark. You know it's very dark Because his notion of what constitutes a moral human being is much different from the typical view He really thinks you get that horrible side of yourself integrated, so it's up there where you can use [it] because otherwise you're You're dangerous You can't say no to people and you'll go along with the crowd and then if the crowd does something particularly pathological which it's liable to do you won't be able to resist it you won't have the strength of character and So then you'll fall prey to The crowd Pathology, and it'll be because you're too agreeable With a green oh with a shadow resentful side that the crowd and its murderous intent is going to act out



Genealogy is made up of Armenians representing the five continents (Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe, Oceania) and a representative from Armenia. The five Armenian diaspora artists at the same time symbolise the five petals of the forget-me-not flower. In their centre, the group is unified by a sixth artist, who is from Armenia.[1]

Members in alphabetical order of surname are:


The lyrics of the song was written by Inna Mkrtchyan, while it was composed by Armen Martirosyan who has worked on Eva Rivas' "Apricot Stone" in 2010.[7][8] The site of Eurovision has stated that "Face the Shadow" is about universal values and its message tells that "happiness is born when people are united and live in harmony with themselves, their families, love relationships and so on".[7]

Music video

A music video for the song directed by Aren Bayadyan was shot in late February 2015.[7] The director has stated that the team was inspired by the name of the group and its logo, the tree of life.[7] Writing about the music video, the official site of the contest states. "The concept of the video is the idea of genealogy: the captured family is considered as the symbol of humanity: the base is the shift of generations and the phenomena that the new generation is always replacing the previous one carrying out the traditions and values in them."[7] The designer of the music video is Armen Galyan who combined Armenian and European fashion approaches finding modern solutions.[7] The performers are wearing pins with pictures of their grandparents and patterns on their clothes.[7] The music video for "Face the Shadow" was premièred on 12 March on Armenia 1 and was uploaded to Eurovision's official channel on YouTube.[7]


Upon its unveiling, "Face the Shadow" became the subject of controversy due to allegations that the song conveyed political messages. In particular, it was believed that the song was intended to pay tribute to the victims of the Armenian Genocide (whose centenary was commemorated roughly a month prior to the contest on 24 April 2015), with its lyrics and its original title, "Don't Deny", perceived to be a call for recognition of the genocide. Critics also alleged that the song's music video contained visuals alluding to the genocide, with one scene depicting the group's members posing for a family photo in World War I-era outfits, and then disappearing from sight. Representatives of Azerbaijan—which, alongside Turkey, denies the genocide—criticized the song for its alleged political themes, and stated that they would "act adequately" to prevent the contest from being "sacrificed to the political ambitions of a country."[9][10][11][12]

On 16 March 2015, the Armenian delegation announced that it would change the title of the song from "Don't Deny" to "Face the Shadow" to quell concerns over the alleged political themes of the song and to "strengthen" its themes; the song's original title still appears as part of its refrain. The delegation continues to deny any specific political subtext in the song.[9][13]

"Face the Shadow" received 7.19 out of 10 points from a jury of Eurovision blog Wiwibloggs.[14]


Chart (2015) Peak
Iceland (Icelandic Singles Chart)[15] 47


  1. ^ Brey, Marco (11 February 2015). "Armenia to be represented by Genealogy!". EBU. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  2. ^ Armenia: First artist of Genealogy known
  3. ^ Armenia: Second artist of Genealogy known
  4. ^ Armenia: Fifth artist of Genealogy known
  5. ^ Armenia: Third artist of Genealogy known
  6. ^ Armenia: Fourth artist of Genealogy known
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Armenia: Watch the video of "Don't Deny"". EBU. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  8. ^ "About Eva Rivas". EBU. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Siim, Jarmo (17 March 2015). "Armenia changes song title". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Azerbaijan to adequately act if Armenia turns Eurovision into political arena". Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  11. ^ Lomsadze, Giorgi (13 March 2015). "Armenia Takes Genocide-Recognition to Eurovision". Eurasianet. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Possible messages for recognition of 'Armenian genocide' in Armenia's song for Eurovision to be looked for". Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Armenia Dodges Eurovision Controversy". Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Wiwi Jury: Armenia's Genealogy with "Face the Shadow"". May 17, 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Netlistinn viku 21, 2015". Archived from the original on 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
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