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Rule Breaking Irish Eurovision Entry Rule Breaking Irish Eurovision Entry
by Roberta Bell
2007-03-04 10:41:33
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I have now heard the 2007 Irish Eurovision entry from several times and I feel that the lyrics are politically offensive and should be altered.

I refer to the Rules for Participation in the European Song Contest section 4 sub-section 9 which are published by the European Broadcasting Union. This rule states clearly that the lyrics should not contain any political reference.

The lyrics take a one-sided political standpoint which some of us think should not be permitted by Eurovision. For example the lyrics state that 'Europe's all one state' when this is clearly not the case.

I would not support political parties which do not advocate that my country remains autonomous and feel that the broadcast of this song to millions of people would give such parties an advantage in an election.

If this song is permitted to be entered, it could open the floodgates for other politically motivated writers to enter songs to advance their cause. The lyrics of a song entered for the ESC should not trivialise a serious issue such as the Prague Spring 1968 which is clearly referred to.

I do not know how to make Ireland change their mind about this song before it is entered in May, so I thought that you might be prepared to take the matter up.

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Simon2007-03-04 13:58:46
Here are the lyrics:

They Can't Stop The Spring - Dervish

(Eurovision 2007 :: Ireland)

The curtain has been raised
The wall no longer stands
And from Lisadell to Latvia
We're singing as one clan

The curtain has been raised
And Europe's all one stage
And the archipelagic icicles
Have melted like the cage

We don't need no party
Just a party band
A continental choir
Singing hand in hand

They might scare the blackbird
But they cannot stop him sing
They may steal the honey
But they'll never steal the sting
They may crush the flowers
Trample every living thing
But they can't stop the spring

They might scare the blackbird
But they cannot stop him sing
They may steal the honey
But they'll never steal the sting
They may crush the flowers
Trample every living thing
But they can't stop the spring

They might scare the blackbird
But they cannot stop him sing
They may steal the honey
But they'll never steal the sting
They may crush the flowers
Trample every living thing
But they can't stop the spring


Simon2007-03-04 14:00:33
Can't see the problem. If ABBA sang about Waterloo and Lordi broke the remaining lines of decency, then what is there to worry about.

Dervish played at the last Irish Festival in Finland, so they will be happy to be back on known pastures.


D. Kontopodis2007-03-04 16:38:40
I dont find the lyrics offensive in any way.


Thomas2007-03-05 18:21:26
Hahaha, I wouldn't worry dude. The song's rubbish. The lyrics are some of the worst ever. Dervish are an appalling band. Yer wan sounds like a Banshee run through a meat grinder. Then again, this never stopped ABBA. And shame on ABBA for glorifying French imperialism.


Tom2007-03-06 17:17:39
What is the deal? What a waste of time and energy!


Jimmy2007-07-05 11:46:29
I thinking that you don't really understand what this song is actually about. Its actually about the fall of communisim and the re-integration of Eastern European countires into Western Europe. Its anything but politically offensive, its a celebration of Europe as a whole. I don't know maybe you have to be Irish to see the value of that.


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