Jacques Houdek’s entry for Eurovision 2017, “My Friend”, begins with a spoken quotation from the famed physicist Albert Einstein. And it’s totally a 100% genuine quote. Like, it’s not just some a random internet quote that has somehow been misattributed to Einstein or anything.
And that got us thinking — what other historic figures have said things that have later been quoted in Eurovision song lyrics? We got digging and found six quotes by historic figures that have recently been used in Eurovision song lyrics.
1. Albert Einstein (Austria 2012)
This year won’t be the first time that a 100% totally authentic Einstein quote has been used in a Eurovision lyric. Back in 2012, Austrian hip hop group Trackshittaz based their entire Eurovision song around Einstein’s famous quote “Woki mit deim popo”. While the phrase means “waggle your ass”, it is thought that Einstein used to mutter it in the lab to rogue atoms that were refusing to obey the mass–energy equivalence formula.
2. Alfred Nobel (Greece, 2013)
Alfred Nobel was the Swedish chemist known for inventing dynamite and for later establishing the Nobel Prize. When Nobel was in the process of setting up the Prize, there were many questions regarding the nature of the award ceremony. How many people should be invited? Finger food or a sit-down meal? And should the bar be open? Alfred was asked and he responded, “Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol is free!”. In 2013, Greek group Koza Mostra paid tribute by basing their Eurovision song around his quote.
3. Abraham Lincoln (Lithuania, 2012)
The American President Abraham Lincoln is known as a great orator, especially for delivering the Gettysburg Address. But that’s not all he said of note. One day when Lincoln was visiting a small American town, a young boy on the street asked him, “Sir, why do you have such a funny look on your face?” The president replied, “Well, son, that’s because of my shoes I’m wearing today. One is called love, the other is pain.” In 2013, Lithuanian singer Andrius Pojavis used this quote in the chorus of his Eurovision song “Something”.
4. Mozart (Spain, 2016)
While Mozart is best known for his musical compositions, the acclaimed Austrian musician does have one famous line attributed to him. Whenever he’d finished working on a major piece, Mozart would rest his quill atop his manuscript, pause and then exclaim, “Say yay, yay, yay! Say yay, yay, yay! Hurray!” More than 200 years later, Barei paid tribute by using this line in her Eurovision song “Say Yay!”.
5. Marie Curie (Azerbaijan, 2017)
Marie Curie was Polish physicist who did pioneering work in the field of radioactivity. One of her many accomplishments was developing mobile X-ray machines for use in the World War I. When she was working on this technology along with her lab assistant Avril Fuehl, Curie knew the machine was functioning when she could see her own bones. “I’m a skeletons,” Curie exclaimed. This year Azeri artist DiHaj pays tribute by using the literal actual real quote in her Eurovision song “Skeletons”.
6. Sigmund Freud (Montenegro, 2017)
Sigmund Freud is known as the “father of psychoanalysis”, but the Austrian doctor was also known for his theories behind dream analysis. Freud would listen to his patients describe their dreams then offer his interpretation. But it wasn’t always so easy. After listening to one particularly long and boring dream, Freud was heard to exclaim, “Linen in covered with feathers. Wet dreams, wild nightmares, I surrender!” This quote became the opening line of Slavko Kalezic’s song for Kyiv, “Space”.
Good morning! What do you think? What is your favourite historic quote used in a Eurovision song?
Update: 1 April 2017, 12:00
Happy April Fool’s Day, y’all! And yes, “I’m a skeletons” was part of the joke. 😀