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"You're Summer" was the Swedish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1973,[1] performed in English by Claes af Geijerstam and Göran Fristorp as Nova. The song was originally performed in Swedish as "Sommaren som aldrig säger nej", when it won the Swedish national selection, Melodifestivalen 1973, but was subsequently translated to English for the Eurovision as the rules requiring participant countries to sing in their own language was scrapped that year. This was first time Sweden had its entry performed in English since "Absent Friend" in 1965

Sweden "You're Summer"
Eurovision Song Contest 1973 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Claes af Geijerstam
Göran Fristorp
As
Nova
Language
Composer(s)
Monica Dominique, Carl-Axel Dominique
Lyricist(s)
Lars Forssell
Conductor
Finals performance
Final result
5th
Final points
94
Appearance chronology
◄ "Härliga sommardag" (1972)   
"Waterloo" (1974) ►

In the song a comparison is made between a lover and the summer. The summer is when life grows in his lover and his lover never tells him no. The most intriguing line of this song is "Oh your breasts are like swallows in nesting", written by the well-known poet Lars Forssell, member of the Swedish Academy.

The song was performed twelfth on the night (following Luxembourg's Anne-Marie David with "Tu te reconnaîtras" and preceding Netherlands's Ben Cramer with "De oude muzikant"). At the close of voting, it had received 94 points, placing 5th in a field of 17.

"You're Summer" is noted as being the first song in the Eurovision Song Contest that was conducted by a woman, composer Monica Dominique (the second song conducted by a woman was Israel's Ey Sham in the same contest, conducted by Nurit Hirsh).

The performing duo, called Nova in the international competition, was forced to change its name from the original Malta, since that name coincided with the name of one of the competing countries.

It was succeeded as Swedish representative at the 1974 Contest by ABBA with "Waterloo".

The Swedish Version of the song was heard in the 2016 Eurovision Series, The Nerd Nation.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1973". Eurovision Song Contest.