Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mig
|"Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mig"|
|Eurovision Song Contest 1968 entry|
|◄ "Som en dröm" (1967)|
|"Judy, min vän" (1969) ►|
"Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mig" ("It's Beginning to Look Like Love, Damn It") was the Swedish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968, performed in Swedish by Claes-Göran Hederström, the winner of Melodifestivalen 1968. Composer Peter Himmelstrand, who incidentally also wrote the two songs that finished in shared third place in the 1968 pre-selections, "Gå och göm dig, Åke Tråk" and "Du vet var jag finns", would go on to write fifteen Melodifestivalen entries as well as a large number of other popular Svensktoppen hits all through the 60s and 70s.
"Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mig" was performed eight on the night, following the Monaco's Line & Willy with "À chacun sa chanson" and preceding Finland's Kristina Hautala with "Kun kello käy". At the close of voting, it had received 15 points, placing 5th in a field of 17.
The song is widely considered a schlager classic in Sweden, mainly because of its - for the genre - highly unconventional title, its use of onomatopoetic expressions and slang and Peter Himmelstrand's humorous lyrics, including phrases like:
The day before yesterday I suddenly turned down the guys, when they invited me to a party and instead I spent a whole evening conversing with your mother, being polite.
Last night I went with you and watched a tearjerker, although I wanted to watch "bang bang". And then I sat listening to a string quartet - me, I only used to like "twang twang".
It's beginning to look like love, damn it. The kind of thing you read about in books, imagine that. I just don't get it, I guess I'm a little stupid. But by all means, I could be wrong...
An English-language version "My Time Has Come", was released in 1980.
- Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (1999), p. 68-73, 260. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2
"Som en dröm" by Östen Warnerbring
"Judy, min vän" by Tommy Körberg