So from about four pm Saturday I was posting about Conchita Wurst's magnificent singing and we had some lovely dialogue on GT (way before it hit the mainpage, TYVM) about how awesome la reine d'Europe is. But I was listening to her piece, Rise Like a Phoenix, over AND OVER AND OVER and I noticed something fascinating that really nabbed me in whatever feels were left un-nabbed (not many).

In Conchita's victory lap performance of the song, she changes the pronouns up, and she does it to great effect.

Here are the lyrics to the song as originally performed:

Waking in the rubble

Walking over glass

Neighbors say we're trouble

Well that time has passed

Peering from the mirror

No, that isn't me

Stranger getting nearer

Who can this person be

You wouldn't know me at all today

From the fading light I fly

*

Rise like a phoenix

Out of the ashes

Seeking rather than vengeance

Retribution

You were warned

Once I'm transformed

Once I'm reborn

You know I will rise like a phoenix

But you're my flame

*

Go about your business

Act as if you're free

No one could have witnessed

What you did to me

*

Cause you wouldn't know me today

And you have got to see

To believe

From the fading light I fly

*

Rise like a phoenix

Out of the ashes

Seeking rather than vengeance

Retribution

You were warned

Once I'm transformed

Once I'm reborn

*

I rise up to the sky

You threw me down but

I'm gonna fly

And rise like a phoenix

Out of the ashes

Seeking rather than vengeance

Retribution

You were warned

Once I'm transformed

Once I'm reborn

You know I will rise like a phoenix

But you're my flame

Gorgeous, ja?

But then when she performed the song again after her victory speech, she changed up the pronouns. Beginning after the second "reborn", she changes "I" to "we" and makes a powerful statement.

Instead of "I rise up to the sky" it becomes:

We rise up to the sky

You threw us down but

We're going to fly

And rise like a phoenix

Out of the ashes

Seeking rather than vengeance

Retribution

You were warned

Once we're transformed

Once we're reborn

You know I will rise like a phoenix

But you're my flame

It's so guilelessly done that it took several times of me watching both versions to realize she'd made that subtle change in ownership. She brought her song out and gave it to the movement that has propelled it. She gave her voice back to the people who are silenced. And she did it without causing a single bloody public incident. Just by changing pronouns for her victory lap she made more of an eloquent statement than any hamfisted, bungling protest attempt. I'm so in awe of her elegant maneuvering.

Also, who else thinks she looks sublimely like Madeleine Stowe (my #2 ladycrush)? Maybe it's the teeth. Conchita's smile is simply dazzling.