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Song of the Day: Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein by Joy Fleming


Song of the daySong 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. We will shuffle through Eurovision history and present a random song every now and then during summer to bring back memories and give you the chance to discuss songs and years during the “Eurovision drought”. Our song of this day is Germany’s ‘Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein’ by Joy Fleming.

Sometimes songs that do not so so well in the final become fan favourites, Joy Fleming from Germany is one such artist. Whilst ‘Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein’  finished a lowly 17th behind winner Teach-In with ‘Ding-a-Dong‘ in 1975, fans still remember it now. 1975 was the first contest to use the ‘douze points’ system, with 19 countries taking part. Turkey debuted, and Greece withdrew in protest.

Only Luxembourg, Malta and Spain gave points to  ‘Ein Lied kann eine Brücke’ . Apparently Joy had wanted to wear jeans for the show, but the German broadcaster would not let her.

Joy has tried to return to Eurovision several times since. She made a bid in 1986, participating in the German national contest with the song ‘Miteinander’. and in 2001 when she co-sang Switzerland’s contribution to the German final with ‘The Power of Trust’. Joy made another attempt in 2002 and finished as runner-up yet again, this time performing ‘Joy to the World‘ with the group Jambalaya.

If you would like to nominate a song of the day, email us at eurovisiontimesesc@gmail.com and tell us the song title, artist, year, and why!

16 comments on “Song of the Day: Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein by Joy Fleming

  1. Probably my most fav German entry ever. Along with Turkey and Monaco in my top3 for that year.

  2. I think it’s “sein” not “seine” :)

  3. This is definitely my favorite song from 1975. Somehow however she, or the people in charge, managed to wear an even uglier frock in de German national final. It was on YT but I can’t find it anymore.

  4. Joy is a legend here in Germany. Luckily, the bad ESC result did not harm her career. “Ein Lied …” is one of the best entries Germany has sent and in 5th place on my 1975 list.

    1st France
    2nd Turkey
    3rd Italy
    4th Yugoslavia

    @ hulluna, can you pick sth a bit more controversial for SotD now and then. So far, everyone has loved everything. I mean, love is a good thing … but it can get a tad boring sometimes too. ;)

  5. Basically Germany’s answer to Aretha Franklin. Soul’ish and energetic, but perhaps a bit too much shouting.

  6. I don’t like it at all. Too 70s, too over the top… In 75 there’s a song in my all time top 10: Turkey! France is also in my all time top 30 from that year, which in general is a strong year.

  7. Will Merkel sings this song to Tsipras td? :p

  8. Very energic and powerful. Maybe the shouting gets a bit too much in the end, but I like it nevertheles and it deserved better. Apart from that, I agree with Morgan that France and Turkey were the best in 1975.

    Should also mention that I prefer “Miteinander” in front of “Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein”, even if the backing singers couldn’t sing (3:26).

  9. OMG YES I looooved this song so much, dont know why the bad placing?? :O Should be in the top ten imo, but I can understand why it might have been to much for the jury :P With the kinda screamish vocals :P But the feeling she has is amazing!

  10. I rather love this song and I never really understood why it flopped so badly.
    As for the previous SotDs, I absolutely adore “Fiumi di parole”. Such a melodic entry with great lyrics (mostly soundwise, but the meaning they carry is not too shabby either). 1997 was the first ESC I watched from start to finish and Italian entry was the only one I remembered afterwards (aside my own country’s entry ofc). And “Rändajad” is one of those few magical songs that makes me proud to say: “Ich komme aus Estland”.

  11. One of my favorite German songs ever. Love it.

  12. This is certainly a rousing number and an energetic performance, particularly from the conductor! However, I’m surprised nobody has yet mentioned how similar the chorus melody is to La, La, La. Plus, she definitely squawks towards the end!

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