With music by Domenico Modugno and lyrics by Franco Migliacci (the same duo had collaborated on Modugno's previous entry Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)), the song is a ballad, in which Villa attempts to deal with the end of a relationship. He sings that "Our love has become salt like sea water/Our parched lips don't have words any longer", but clings to the hope that "It isn't true that our love has ended", indeed even as he farewells his former lover for the last time he sings "we love each other and that we're breaking up".
The song was performed sixteenth on the night (following Luxembourg's Camillo Felgen with "Petit bonhomme" and preceding Monaco's François Deguelt with "Dis rien"). At the close of voting, it had received 3 points, placing 9th in a field of 16. The comparatively high place for a low-scoring song is partly explained by the fact that four entries at this Contest failed to record a point.