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Is Always Over Now? was the Irish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 in Birmingham performed by Dawn Martin.

The song is a ballad, sung from the perspective of a woman at the end of a relationship. She tells her former lover that "Always, you said, was me and you", and thus wonders "Is always over now?/Does it never last that long?"

It was performed 14th on the night following Slovenia and preceding Portugal. At the close of voting, it finished in 9th place with 64 points.

This was the "swan song" of Noel Kelehan in Eurovision. This conductor accompanied 29 Eurovision songs, among which 24 were Irish entries. No one ever participated on more occasions in Eurovision (and with the abolition of orchestras, probably no one ever will). He conducted no fewer than five winning songs.

Lyrics

I never thought that it would end
You were the one – my love, my friend
You were my every dream come true
Always, you said, was me and you

So how can you say it’s over now?
How can you wave it all goodbye?
Always, you said, this love would be
Always, you said, was you and me

Is always over now?
Does it never last that long?
Were the feelings that I had
Ever right, or was it wrong?

To think that love should last
Was mistaken on my part
But you promised me the earth (You promised me)
And you only broke my heart

You touched my soul, you touched my life
You always would, you said
But now, you are taking always away

Is always over now?
Does it never last that long?
Were the feelings that I had
Ever right, or was it wrong?

To think that love should last
Was mistaken on my part
But you promised me the earth (You promised me)
And you only broke my heart

Is always over now?
Does it never last that long?
Were the feelings that I had
Ever right, or was it wrong?

To think that love should last
Was mistaken on my part
But you promised me the earth (You promised me)
And you only broke my heart (You promised me)

Trivia

  • Although not named on the night of the Contest, one of the backing singers was Paul Harrington, who won for the country four years previously

Videos

Eurovision 1998 - Ireland - Dawn Martin - Is always over now03:03

Eurovision 1998 - Ireland - Dawn Martin - Is always over now

1998 Dawn Martin - Is Always Over Now?03:00

1998 Dawn Martin - Is Always Over Now?

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