Eläköön elämä

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Finland "Eläköön elämä"
Eurovision Song Contest 1985 entry
Country Finland
Artist(s) Sonja Lumme
Language Finnish
Composer(s) Petri Laaksonen
Lyricist(s) Veli-Pekka Lehto
Conductor Ossi Runne
Finals performance
Final result 9th
Final points 58
Appearance chronology
◄ "Hengaillaan" (1984)   
"Never the End" (1986) ►

"Eläköön elämä" (English translation: "Long Live Life") was the Finnish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985, performed in Finnish by Sonja Lumme. The song was composed by Petri Laaksonen.

The song was performed second on the night (following Ireland's Maria Christian with "Wait Until The Weekend Comes" and preceding Cyprus' Lia Vissi with "To Katalava Arga"). At the close of voting, it had received 58 points, placing 9th in a field of 19.

The song is sung from the perspective of a woman who has "stayed in the park" at night with "a good friend" (possibly a lover or a prospective one). She describes the scene and wishes that it would never end. Lumme also recorded the song in English, then titled "There is Life on Earth".

It was succeeded as Finnish representative at the 1986 Contest by Kari Kuivalainen with "Never the End".

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