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What's Another Year was the Irish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 written by Shay Healy and performed by Johnny Logan. The ballad told the story of a man who has been waiting for the girl of his dreams to fall in love with him, in real life Shay wrote it as he watched his father come to terms with the death of his wife.

In the contest, it was performed seventeenth on the night following France and preceding Spain. At the close of voting, it received 143 points and was declared the winner, giving Ireland its second Eurovision win.

The song was a huge hit across the continent, and was named one of the 14 greatest Eurovision songs of all time at the Congratulations gala in 2005.  A re-recorded sampling of the chorus can be heard on Belgian rapper Kaye Styles' 2006 summer hit "I Like To Party".

Lyrics

I've been waiting such a long time
Looking out for you, but you're not here
What's another year?

I've been waking such a long time
Reaching out for you, but you aren't near
What's another year?

What's another year
For someone who's lost everything that he owns?
What's another year
For someone who's getting used to being alone?

I've been praying such a long time
It's the only way to hide the fear
What's another year?

What's another year
For someone who's lost everything that he owns?
What's another year
For someone who's getting used to being alone?

I've been crying such a long time
With such a lot of pain in every tear
What's another year
(For someone who is getting used to being alone?)
What's another year
(For someone who is getting used to being alone?)
What's another year
(For someone who is getting used to being alone?)

Video

Eurovision 1980 - Ireland - Johnny Logan - What's another year? -HQ SUBTITLED-03:03

Eurovision 1980 - Ireland - Johnny Logan - What's another year? -HQ SUBTITLED-

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