Song of the Day – We all have Eurovision songs that we love and listen to regularly. But then there are songs we might only remember because someone posts a link on Facebook or a Forum. In between our rankings we will shuffle through Eurovision history and present a random song each day to bring back memories and give you the chance to discuss songs and years during the “Eurovision drought”. Our song of the day today is the Swedish entry of 1962.
The Melodifestivalen of 1962 was quite different to what we know today. Seven songs had been submitted, one was disqualified. Each song was performed by two different artists, one accompanied by a big orchestra, the other by a small orchestra. After the voting, the song “Sol ochVår” won the competition. The Swedish national broadcaster later decided that it would be Inger Berggren (big orchestra) and not Lily Berglund (small orchestra) who would sing the song at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The song “Sol ochVår” (“Sun and Spring“) tells the story of the 19-year old singer going into the city to do window shopping on the first day of spring. She meets a good-looking and persuasive man, who convinces her to have lunch at an expensive restaurant. After some time the man tells her that he has an urgent phone call to make and leaves. The head waiter tells the narrator, that her “husband” has left with her purse and fur coat. The song thus ends with the phrase: “when it’s sun and spring all the little girls should be locked up”. Berggren performed the song cheekily and during the “instrumental” part of the song she accompanies the instruments seemingly imitating their melodies.
Sweden got 4points, but still came 7th as a total of four countries even got “Nul points”
- SoD: Yiannis Dimitras – Feggari Kalokerino (eurovisiontimes.wordpress.com)