Sol och vår

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Sweden "Sol och vår"
Eurovision Song Contest 1962 entry
Country Sweden
Artist(s) Inger Berggren
Language Swedish
Composer(s) Åke Gerhard
Lyricist(s) Ulf Källqvist
Conductor Egon Kjerrman
Finals performance
Final result 7th
Final points 4
Appearance chronology
◄ "April, april" (1961)   
"En gång i Stockholm" (1963) ►

"Sol och vår" is a song by Swedish singer Inger Berggren, that represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 1962, performed in Swedish.[1] The title literally translates as "Sun and Spring", but the Swedish expression 'Att sol och våra någon', 'sun and spring'-ing somebody, means tricking a person out of money by false promises of love or marriage.[citation needed]

The song was the winner of Melodifestivalen 1962, where it was performed by both Inger Berggren and Lily Berglund. Sveriges Radio however decided that Berggren would perform the song at the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden.

The song is an up-tempo number in which Berggren recounts the sad tale of how she as a nineteen-year-old meets a charming man on the very first day of spring, as she is in town window shopping. The very good-looking and persuasive man invites her to have lunch at an expensive restaurant, to which she happily agrees. After a while the man tells her that he has to make an urgent telephone call - and shortly thereafter the head waiter informs her that her "husband" has left the restaurant, and he took "madam's purse and fur coat with him"; she has been "sun and spring"-ed by a con man. The lyrics end with the tragi-comic phrase; "when it's sun and spring all the little girls should be locked up....".

On the night of Eurovision, the song was performed sixth in the running order, following Denmark's Ellen Winther with "Vuggevise" and preceding Germany's Conny Froboess with "Zwei kleine Italiener". The song received 4 points, placing 7th in a field of 16.

The song was succeeded as Swedish representative at the 1963 Contest by Monica Zetterlund with "En gång i Stockholm".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (1999), p. 36-41, 284. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2
Preceded by
"April, april" by Siw Malmkvist and Gunnar Wiklund
Melodifestivalen winners
1962, performed by Inger Berggren and Lily Berglund
Succeeded by
"En gång i Stockholm" by Monica Zetterlund