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Hold Me Now was the Irish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1987 performed and composed by Johnny Logan. It is classified as a typical power ballad, told from the point of view of a man whose lover is leaving him for someone else.

It was performed 20th following Denmark and preceding Yugoslavia. At the end of voting, it was declared the winner with 172 points and earning Johnny a place in the record book as the first person to win the contest twice. During the winner's reprise, he was so overcome with emotion that he could not sing the final notes of the song.

It was a tremendous success in Europe, hitting the top of the Irish charts, #2 in Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom, #3 in the Netherlands, #4 in Switzerland and #6 in Austria. Several successful follow-up singles followed. At the Congratulations gala in 2005, it was voted the #3 best Eurovision song of all time behind Waterloo and Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu.

In 2006, Logan re-recorded a chorus sample for Belgian rapper Kaye Styles' summer hit "Don't Cry", and in 2007 the song was also used in a McDonald's ad campaign in Ireland. Fans of Dublin's Bohemian football club adopted it as their anthem.

Lyrics

Don't, don't close your heart to how you feel
Dream, and don't be afraid the dream's not real
Close your eyes, pretend it's just the two of us again
Make believe this moment's here to stay
 
Touch, touch me the way you used to do
I know tonight could be all I'll have with you
From now on, you'll be with someone else instead of me
So tonight, let's fill this memory
For the last time
 
Hold me now
Don't cry, don't say a word
Just hold me now
And I will know though we're apart
We'll always be together
Forever in love
What do you say when words are not enough?
 
Time, time will be kind once we're apart
And your tears, tears will have no place in your heart
I wish I... I could say how much I'll miss you when you're gone
How my love for you will go on and on and
 
Hold me now
Don't cry, don't say a word
Just hold me now
And try to understand that
 
I hope at last you've found
What you've been searching for
And though I won't be there anymore
I will always love you
 
(Hold me now)
(Don't cry) Don't say a word
Just hold me now
And I will know though we're apart
We'll always be together
Forever in love
What do you say when words are not enough?
 
What can I say?
Now my words are not enough

Videos

Eurovision Song Contest ~ 1987 Winner03:57

Eurovision Song Contest ~ 1987 Winner

Eurovision 1987 Ireland - Johnny Logan - Hold me now04:41

Eurovision 1987 Ireland - Johnny Logan - Hold me now

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