Eurovision may ban song due to lyrics on nuclear war

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Eurovision may ban Israeli entry due to lyrics on nuclear war

By The Associated Press

HELSINKI, Finland - Eurovision Song Contest organizers said Thursday they might ban this year's Israeli entry, Teapacks' Push the Button, because of what they termed its inappropriate political message.

The song, to be performed at the contest in Helsinki in May, overwhelmingly won Israel's competition Wednesday.

It is sung in English, French and Hebrew and seemingly refers indirectly to Iran's nuclear ambitions and its hard-line leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"It's absolutely clear that this kind of message is not appropriate for the competition," said Kjell Ekholm, an organizer of the contest. "We'll have all the delegation leaders here in Helsinki next week, and I'm sure we'll talk about this case within the EBU [European Broadcasting Union] group."

The song warns about the dangers of nuclear war, and the lyrics of the song refer to demonic and crazy
"There are some crazy rulers, they hide and try to fool us, with demonic, technological willingness to harm. They’re gonna push the button, push the button.”

Maybe they can tell the committee it is about Bush, and it'll be allowed.


I find it interesting that Eurovision is trying to ban this song on the basis that it's the wrong political message to protest a nuclear threat,. However, digging into their past competitors it seems in 1982 a Finnish band entered with a song against the neutron bomb and was allowed to compete. Here is the link directly from the Eurovision site:

The 1982 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Harrogate's Conference centre and was hosted by Jan Leeming. 18 countries participated, Finland came last with a protest song against neutron bombs.
 
#3
and 99 red balloons by Nena
 
#4
Iran isn't mentioned in this song.


The offending lyrics : Push The Button



The world is full of terror

If someone makes an error

He's gonna blow us up to biddy biddy kingdom come

There are some crazy rulers they hide and try to fool us

With demonic, technologic willingness to harm

They're gonna push the button

push the button push the bu, push the bu, push the button

Everybody's suffering

The streets are filled with violence

How lucky we are

To have got this far

Without even getting injured

As this regime, so fanatical

Gets even more tactical

It's so tragic my eyes fill with tears

And I don't want to die

I want to see the flowers bloom

Don't want a go capoot ka boom

And I don't want to cry

I wanna have a lot of fun

Just sitting in the sun

Messages explode on me

Missiles fly and fall on me

Cops and robbers gang up on me

Jump on me and beat up on me

My god my god answer me

This nightmare is just too long

While i'm barely alive and everyone is aiming at me

Perhaps its too early to sing

That "I gave you my life" (reference to previous Israeli entry)

Wai wai the police

Wau wau paramedics

Here is a song without "Salaam" (Peace in Arabic)

Red isn't just a color its more like blood

Again it freezes the breath in my heart

That now my soul wont flower

Here is war here is my soul

Boom boom this is what's going on now

Between rockets between observer and writer

Between kidnapper and kidnapped between rain and drought

Escalation rises and takes up position

It's ok it's ok this is what everyone's doing

Radicals radicalize and officers sober up

The innocent become moderate waiting for the data
and say:

Everyone is helpless.

The whole world is demons and we are just peons
and champignons with jitons decide what’s going to be

Managing the slothfull the ship is full of water

And everyone is drinking l'haim and drowning side by side

Perhaps this is too sharp

Perhaps we should sing songs of palm trees, songs of desert without flags

"I'm still alive alive alive" (reference to previous Israeli entry) and if he's going to keep scaring me

Only then I'll say

I’m gonna push the button
 
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I think that they are just surprised that someone has written a Eurovision song that means something......

Wasn't Abba's Waterloo about a war???
 
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Dafydd, if you didn't cut and paste that and actually wrote it all out, you seriously need to sell the PC and get out more! LOL!

Justin Hawkins always looks like a dirty little Ba*&^%%d if you ask me.

Who knows England may win?????
 
#8
Hi All,

"Enola Gay", by OMD?

Not a Eurovision song, but perhaps it should have been.

Best Regards,

b_flat
 
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petite_butsweet said:
Dafydd, if you didn't cut and paste that and actually wrote it all out, you seriously need to sell the PC and get out more! LOL!

Justin Hawkins always looks like a dirty little Ba*&^%%d if you ask me.

Who knows England may win?????
Doubt it but the United Kingdom might.

As a music lover, I think the whole fcuking thing should be banned.
 
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Of course Nena's 99 Red Balloons was NEVER a European Drinking Contest entry but Nicole, also German, won it in 82 with this shite, sorry song.

A little peace
Just like a flower as winter begins
And just like fire in an icy wind
Just like a doll that nobody wants anymore
That's how I feel every day

Then I see the clouds above
And I hear the cries of the birds in the wind
I sing my song in fear of the dark
And hope that nothing happens

A little peace, a little sunshine
For this earth on which we're living
A little peace, a little joy
A little warmth, that's what I wish for

A little peace, a little dreaming
And that people won't cry as often
A little peace, a little love
May I never lose hope anymore

I know my songs won't help very much
I'm just a girl who says what she feels
Alone I'm helpless, a bird in the wind
That feels the storm begin

A little peace, a little sunshine
For this earth on which we're living
A little peace, a little joy
A little warmth, that's what I wish for

A little peace, a little dreaming
And that people won't cry as often
A little peace, a little love
May I never lose hope anymore

Sing with me a little song
(A little peace, a little sunshine)
(For this earth on which we're living)
May the world live in peace
(A little peace, a little joy)
(A little warmth, that's what I wish for)

Sing with me a little song
(A little peace, a little dreaming)
(And that people won't cry as often)
May the world live in peace
(A little peace, a little love)
(May I never lose hope anymore)

That's an awful load of peace.
 
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Dafydd said:
Iran isn't mentioned in this song.


The offending lyrics : Push The Button
Sugababes never sang about Iran did they?
 
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Just caught up with the Eurovision entries on Youtube. The Israeli one is very definitly tongue planted in cheek.

Interestingly a search of the forum doesn't seem to find a Eurovision thread beyond this one.

Can you explain to me how on Earth you ended up with that entry to represent the UK?

NTM
 
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California_Tanker said:
Just caught up with the Eurovision entries on Youtube. The Israeli one is very definitly tongue planted in cheek.

Interestingly a search of the forum doesn't seem to find a Eurovision thread beyond this one.

Can you explain to me how on Earth you ended up with that entry to represent the UK?

NTM
Because anyone dense enough to watch this Euro Pap is certainly dense enough to vote for it!

I quiet like Germanys 1939 entry into Europe though..
 
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California_Tanker said:
Just caught up with the Eurovision entries on Youtube. The Israeli one is very definitly tongue planted in cheek.

Interestingly a search of the forum doesn't seem to find a Eurovision thread beyond this one.

Can you explain to me how on Earth you ended up with that entry to represent the UK?

NTM
CT, another Eurovision mystery is that Israel isn't even part of the continent of Europe.

I think these days that there must be a special committee that only picks no-hopers for the "Royame Etat Uni" entry. However we have a TV presenter called Terry Wogan who always sends up the whole Eurovision thing something rotten. It makes for great viewing.

BING A BING A BANG BOOM :D :D

SLR (Not to be confused with SLR Boy).
 
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The_Cad said:
California_Tanker said:
Just caught up with the Eurovision entries on Youtube. The Israeli one is very definitly tongue planted in cheek.

Interestingly a search of the forum doesn't seem to find a Eurovision thread beyond this one.

Can you explain to me how on Earth you ended up with that entry to represent the UK?

NTM
Because anyone dense enough to watch this Euro Pap is certainly dense enough to vote for it!

I quiet like Germanys 1939 entry into Europe though..
My bold. Allow me to be succinct here. You're a ****.
 
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I've never denied it old boy!
 

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#18
Another not-a-Eurovision-song about war that appeals to me, especially since it's off an album that splits afficionadas absolutely (The Final Cut - A Requiem For The Port-War Dream by Pink Floyd - I mean Roger Waters - er Pink Floyd - whatever).

It's the final track, called Two Suns In The Sunset:

In my rear view mirror the sun is going down
Sinking behind bridges in the road
I think of all the good things
That we have left undone
And I suffer premonitions
Confirm suspicions
Of the holocaust to come.

The rusty wire that holds the cork
That keeps the anger in
Gives way
And suddenly it's day again.
The sun is in the east
Even though the day is done.
Two suns in the sunset
Hmmmmmmmmmm
Could be the human race is run.

Like the moment when the brakes lock
And you slide towards the big truck
"Oh no!"
"[scream] Daddy, Daddy!"
You stretch the frozen moments with your fear.
And you'll never hear their voices
And you'll never see their faces
You have no recourse to the law anymore.

And as the windshield melts
My tears evaporate
Leaving only charcoal to defend.
Finally I understand the feelings of the few.
Ashes and diamonds
Foe and friend
We were all equal in the end.

"...and now the weather. Tomorrow will be cloudy with scattered showers
spreading from the east ... with an expected high of 4000 degrees
Celsius"
 
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I'm quite familiar with Wogan. I'm going to skip the eurovision.tv stream in the hope that a torrent of the BBC coverage shows up a few hours later.

NTM
 

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