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|Eurovision Song Contest 1963 entry|
Anna Maria Palmen
|◄ "Katinka" (1962)|
|"Jij bent mijn leven" (1964) ►|
The song describes the romance between a shepherd and a shepherdess - both of whom are figures on a music box. Palmen explains that, even when the music was played, the duo could not move any closer to each other. After the supernatural intervention of "a fairy", the two became a couple.
The song was performed second on the night, following the United Kingdom's Ronnie Carroll with "Say Wonderful Things" and preceding Germany's Heidi Brühl with "Marcel". At the close of voting, it had received the dreaded nul points, earning the Netherlands the unwanted distinction of failing to score in two consecutive years. The song shared last place in a field of 16 with Finland's Laila Halme with "Muistojeni laulu", Norway's Anita Thallaug with "Solvherv" and Sweden's Monica Zetterlund with "En gång i Stockholm".
- Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year, 1963
- Detailed info and lyrics, Diggiloo Thrush, "Een speeldoos"
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