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De vogels van Holland was the first Dutch entry in the first ever Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 (the only edition of the contest at which two entries per country were allowed). It was performed in Dutch by Jetty Paerl.

This song is still praised by many, because it is the first ever song performed in Eurovision Song Contest history, and over a thousand more songs to follow.

Lyrics

De vogels van Holland zijn zo muzikaal
Ze leren in hun prille jeugd al tierelieren
De merel, de lijster en de nachtegaal
Om zo de lente in Holland goed te kunnen vieren

Het is geen wonder, want nergens
Zijn de plassen zo blauw
Als in Holland - mijnheer
Als in Holland - mevrouw
Het is geen wonder, want nergens
Is het gras zo vol dauw
Zijn de meisjes zo lief
Zijn de meisjes zo trouw
En daarom zijn de vogels hier allemaal
Zo muzikaal, zo muzikaal, zo muzikaal

De hele wereld door heb ik vogels horen zingen
In het zuiden, in het westen, in het noorden
In vele verre landen heb ik vogels horen zingen
Zij zingen kleine liedjes zonder woorden

De Franse vogels zingen "tudeludelu"
Japanse vogels zingen "tudeludelu"
Chinese vogels zingen "tudeludelu"
Maar de vogels zingen nergens
Zo gelukkig en blij
Als in Holland in het voorjaar in de wei

De vogels van Holland zijn zo muzikaal
Ze leren in hun prille jeugd al tierelieren
De merel, de lijster en de nachtegaal
Om zo de lente in Holland goed te kunnen vieren

Het is geen wonder, want nergens
Zijn de plassen zo blauw
Als in Holland - mijnheer
Als in Holland - mevrouw
Het is geen wonder, want nergens
Is het gras zo vol dauw
Zijn de meisjes zo lief
Zijn de meisjes zo trouw
En daarom zijn de vogels hier allemaal
Zo muzikaal, zo muzikaal, zo muzikaal[1]

The birds of Holland are so much into music
In their early youth already they learn to twitter
The blackbird, the thrush and the nightingale
So that they can well
Celebrate springtime in Holland

It is no surprise because nowhere else
The puddles are as blue
As they are in Holland - sir
As they are in Holland - madam
It is no surprise because nowhere else
The grass has so much dew
The girl girls are so dear
The girls are so faithful
And that's why the birds here are indeed
So much into music, so much into music
So much into music

I have heard birds sing all over the world
In the South, in the North, in the West
In many distant countries I have heard birds sing
They sing little songs without wirds

The French birds sing "tudeludelu"
Japanese birds sing "tudeludelu"
Chinese birds sing "tudeludelu"
But nowhere the birds are
As happy and glad
As they are in Holland
In the meadow in springtime

The birds of Holland are so much into music
In their early youth already they learn to twitter
The blackbird, the thrush and the nightingale
So that they can well
Celebrate springtime in Holland

It is no surprise because nowhere else
The puddles are as blue
As they are in Holland - sir
As they are in Holland - madam
It is no surprise because nowhere else
The grass has so much dew
The girl girls are so dear
The girls are so faithful
And that's why the birds here are indeed
So much into music, so much into music
So much into music[2]

References

Video

De Vogels Van Holland - Jetty Paerl - Holland The Netherlands 1956 (Audio)03:02

De Vogels Van Holland - Jetty Paerl - Holland The Netherlands 1956 (Audio)

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