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|Eurovision Song Contest 1968 entry|
|◄ "Warum es hunderttausend Sterne gibt" (1967)|
|"1971" (Musik) ►|
"Tausend Fenster" (English translation: "Thousands of Windows"), was the Austrian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968, performed in German by Karel Gott. The song was written by Udo Jürgens who also recorded his own version at about the same time. Karel Gott, on the other hand, also recorded a Czech version of the song, entitled Vítám vítr v údolí. In addition to this, Karel Gott also recorded a French version and two English versions.
The song was performed fourth on the night (following Belgium's Claude Lombard with "Quand tu reviendras" and preceding Luxembourg's Chris Baldo and Sophie Garel with "Nous vivrons d'amour"). At the close of voting, it had received 2 points, placing equal 13th in a field of 17.
The song is a dramatic chanson, in which Gott remarks on the isolating effects of modern life before suggesting that the lonely person in the next apartment may be the person you're meant to be with.
Following the victory by Spain's Massiel with "La, la, la", Austria opted out of the 1969 Contest in protest against the Franco regime. The chaotic result of that Contest (in which four songs shared first place) led them to skip the 1970 Contest as well. Thus, the song was succeeded as Austrian representative in the 1971 Contest by Marianne Mendt singing "Musik".
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