"'n Beetje" (A little bit), spelled in full as "Een beetje" (Dutch pronunciation: [ən beːtjə]), was the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1959. Performed in Dutch by Teddy Scholten, the song was the second victory for the Netherlands in the first four years of the contest's history.
|Eurovision Song Contest 1959 entry|
Willy van Hemert
|◄ "Heel de wereld" (1958)|
|"Wat een geluk" (1960) ►|
The song is more up-tempo than the previous winners had been, as well as being somewhat less serious. It is sung from the perspective of a young woman being asked by her lover if she is "true" and "faithful", to which she answers "A little bit". This unusual admission is then justified by the comment that "everyone is in love at least once", hence nobody can be said to be entirely faithful to anyone. Befitting the lyrics, the music has a lilt to it which had been missing from the previous winners. Scholten also recorded the song in German (as "Sei ehrlich"), French ("Un p'tit peu"), Italian ("Un poco") and Swedish ("Om våren"). She sang an English version for British television as "The Moment".
The song was performed fifth on the night, following Monaco's Jacques Pills with "Mon ami Pierrot" and preceding Germany's Alice and Ellen Kessler with "Heute Abend wollen wir tanzen geh'n". By the close of voting, it had received 21 points, placing it first in a field of 11.
- "Componist en pianist Schallies overleden". Archived from the original on 2017-10-10. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
- Catalog of Copyright Entries Library of Congress. Copyright Office - 1962 -- Page 339 "THE MOMENT 'n Beetje. Original lyrics by Willy van Hemert, English lyrics by Johnny Lehmann, m Dick Schallles. Great Britain"
- Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year, 1959
- Detailed info and lyrics, Diggiloo Thrush, "Een beetje"
"Dors, mon amour" by André Claveau
| Eurovision Song Contest winners
"Tom Pillibi" by Jacqueline Boyer