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When was the Irish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1976, performed by Red Hurley.

The song is a ballad, with Hurley singing about the manner in which "my thoughts run on to you" at various times during the day. It is later revealed, however, that the lover he sings about is no longer with him, something which plays on his mind considerably. The song ends with a plea for this lover to return to him.

The song was performed seventh on the night following Belgium and preceding the Netherlands. At the close of voting, it had received 54 points, placing 10th in a field of 18.

Lyrics

When the days of wine are gone
And all the nights are long
Then all my thoughts run on to you

When the lonely silence calls
When I walk through empty halls
Then all my thoughts run on to you

And when they linger for a while
You come and touch me with your tender smile

And when your love was all my world
My days, my life – you were
Then all the songs were songs of you

I tasted well of sweet success
Nothing touched me that was second best

Oh, but then I turned and you were gone
To someone else’s song
And now I’m going back to when
I loved you now and then

When the story now is told
And all my love unfolds
I’ve lost my very soul to you

Your love was written in the sky
But at the time, I never looked so high

Darlin’, when will you come back to me?
Release me, set me free
When? Oh, when?

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