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Ding-a-Dong was the Dutch entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 in Stockholm performed by the group Teach-In, led by Austrian-born singer Getty Kaspers. A fairly uptempo song, it instructs the listener to "sing a song that goes ding, ding-a-dong" when one is feeling unhappy. It is notable in contest circles for being one of the winners that have quirky or nonsense lyrics.

It went on to win the contest with 152 points and became a minor hit in Europe topping the Swiss and Norwegian charts. It is also noted for two other achievements: it was the first song to win out of the first position in the running order (a feat that would be accomplished twice more), and it was also the first winner under the 12-point scoring system that is still being used today.

Lyrics

When you're feelin' all right, everything is up-tight
Try to sing a song that goes ding ding-a-dong
There will be no sorrow when you sing tomorrow
And you walk along with your ding-dang-dong

Ding-a-dong every hour, when you pick a flower
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Ding-a-dong, listen to it, maybe it's a big hit
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Sing ding-ding-dong

When you're feelin' all right, everything is up-tight
Listen to sing a song that goes ding ding-a-dong
And the world looks sunny, everyone is funny
When they sing a song that goes ding-dang-dong

Ding-a-dong every hour, when you pick a flower
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Ding-a-dong, listen to it, maybe it's a big hit
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Sing ding-ding-dong(Ding-dang-dong, ding-a-dang-dong)

When you think it's all over, they let me down
Dry your tears and forget all your sorrow
Try to smile while you say goodbye(Ding-dong ding-dong)
Ding-dang-dong when you'll wake up tomorrow
When the sun is up in the sky

When you're feelin' all right, everything is up-tight
Try to sing a song that goes ding ding-a-dong
There will be no sorrow when you'll sing tomorrow
And you walk along with your ding-dang-dong

Ding-a-dong every hour, when you pick a flower
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Ding-a-dong, listen to it, maybe it's a big hit
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone

Ding-a-dong every hour, when you pick a flower
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Ding-a-dong, listen to it, maybe it's a big hit
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Sing ding-ding-dong

Video

Eurovision 75 - Netherlands03:38

Eurovision 75 - Netherlands

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