Before their song “Think About Things” went viral, the Icelandic group Daði & Gagnamagnið had to survive Söngvakeppnin 2020 — Iceland’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Daði Freyr Pétursson — the band’s frontman — wrote the song specifically for Söngvakeppnin. Along with his band, whose name translates as The Data, he had already won the nation’s heart two years earlier when they finished second with the song “This is Love”. He didn’t see that early success coming. But this time around he and his bandmates were more aware of how the Eurovision bubble works and were ready to rumble. Looking back, Daði has said “This is Love” was a prototype. But “Think About Things” was the perfected creation.

Despite their earlier success, Daði and Gagnamagnið say they entered Söngvakeppnin in 2020 just for fun. But things quickly escalated and before they knew it they were the hot favorites to win. They did it in style, absolutely pulverizing their fellow contestants when it came to the voting. They ultimately took home 118,643 votes compared to runner-up DIMMA’s 80,183.

After notching up that victory, they quickly climbed the Eurovision 2020 betting odds, emerging as the favourite at various agencies including William Hill and Betfair, just to name a few. But these Icelanders are used to the winds changing in a heartbeat, so are remaining calm and rather collected. Though occasionally they let out their version of a squeal when one of their idols tweets about their song.

Currently living with his wife and bandmate Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir and their daughter Áróra in Berlin, Daði’s main focus is making music and lots of it. But “Think About Things” was different from his other projects. It was more personal. “I’ve never spent so much time composing a song, as I did on ‘Think About Things’, Daði said prior to Söngvakeppnin. “I wanted it to be perfect in every single way.”

What do the “Think About Things” lyrics mean?

Daði has told Icelandic media that his song is about his daughter, who is now 10 months old. “It’s so weird,” he said. “You have your newborn child, and you love it so much and unconditionally, yet you have no idea what the child is thinking about you or the world in general. ‘Think About Things’ is just me wondering what Áróra thinks of me now, and how she will think about things in the future, how she will definitely change my perspective of life as time goes on, just by thinking about everything differently and with her own vision and drawing her own conclusions about the world”.

Those ideas are told in a rather straightforward way in the lyrics. “Though I know I love you, it’s hard to see what you think about me, ’cause I don’t understand you. Oh, you are yet to learn how to speak”.

It’s a lovely lyric which portrays both curiosity for a child’s mind as well as a father’s unconditional love for his daughter.

Although the song is wrapped up in a fun-loving and quirky performance, replete with those dance moves, the lyrics are rather deep. Daði hopes that his little girl, despite her very young age, will love her parents as much as they love her. As he sings: “Three birds of a feather. I just hope you enjoy our company”.

“Think About Things” lyrics – Daði & Gagnamagnið (Iceland ESC 2020)

Written and composed by Daði Freyr Pétursson

Baby, I can’t wait to know
Believe me, I’ll always be there, so

Though I know I love you
I find it hard to see how you feel about me
‘Cause I don’t understand you
Oh, you are yet to learn how to speak
When we first met
I will never forget
‘Cause even though I didn’t know you yet
We were bound together, then and forever
And I could never let you go

Baby, I can’t wait to know
What do you think about things
Believe me, I will always be there, so
You can tell me anything and I’ll listen

When we are together
There isn’t anywhere that I would rather be
Three birds of a feather
I just hope you enjoy our company
It’s been some time
And though hard to define
As if the stars have started to align
We are bound together, now and forever
And I will never let you go

Baby, I can’t wait to know
What do you think about things
Believe me, I will always be there, so
You can tell me anything and I’ll listen

I might even know what to say
But either way, at least I’ll be there

Baby, I can’t wait to know
What do you think about things
Believe me, I will always be there, so
You can tell me anything and I’ll listen

Does “Think About Things” touch your heart? Are the lyrics about what you expected them to be about? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Karla
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Karla

I will like to see it winning Eurovision 2020

Gil Dadia
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Gil Dadia

This band supported boycotting the eurovision in israel last year and signed a petition to do so…
When you vote dont forget it!!!
Bann iceland this year, lets keep
Eurovision clean from politics!!!
It started with hatari, and continued with this band.
0 points to iceland, they really need to get a lesson!!! Thx everyone!!!

Thomasina De Montford-Zhigou
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Thomasina De Montford-Zhigou

It’s very cute, and a bit of a bop. I hope it does well.

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Y’all really removed my Netflix money joke? I can’t…

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

A very arbitrary selection of free speech keeps going on here.

Ana
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Ana

I really can’t understand how is this so high in the odds. There are better songs but it feels like the fans this year are looking desperately for something ”special” and found this and Lythuania under that category.

Carson
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Carson

I can totally understand it. There are very few songs this year that stand out, not like other years. Whilst it isn’t my favourite, it really is one of the better entries this year. I can’t tell you how many times this year an entry has been revealed and I’ve just felt disappointment. Plus, this song and Lithuania’s takes us back to a time when there were more fun, cheeky songs in Eurovision. I’d rather those types of songs than the ones that try to be serious but are unmemorable or poorly written.

Vicky
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Vicky

You’ve just mentioned my 2 winners.

Ana
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Ana

And?… You expect a medal for your outstanding taste or sonething?

Safiya
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Safiya

I don’t even have children but I was always wondering about this time when the baby can’t speak yet and you can’t really communicate. It sounds pretty scary and challenging to me and I can see that I am not the only one. Dadi describes these feelings in a very sweet way.

Ana
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Ana

It’s not like babies are having complex thoughts though. One parenting coach once said ”the developing brain of children is working similar to a person with a heavy mental disorder, because the brain is going through development and changes”. So in many cases children just have messed up thoughts and that’s all.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

They’d still have more developed thoughts that your heinous mind.

Ana
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Ana

Aren’t you the most annoying commenter in here? You better go find someone to f#ck you. Bet that one hell of a challange

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

It is because I’m the top. But not for ugly spinsters like you. 🙂 And no, that award goes to you. Your sole purpose here seems to insult other people for comments they make, that’s just pathetic.

Ana
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Ana

It doesn’t matter what role you think you are, you are an annoying little b!tch and I’m not the only one who say this about you in here. So don’t pretend to be an angel now

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

I’m no angel, nor do I wanna be one. But you see, nobody likes you. Not one single person. You never had a single pleasant exchange with anyone because clearly, you are a vile waste of air. Life must be such a burden with all your ugliness.

JONAS
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JONAS

All for Iceland – this year just like last year! A country and a people with integrity – and a good song!

Mws
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Mws

No integrity in disrespecting the host nation like they did last year.

Sal
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Sal

Having white saviour complex is not having integrity

Todd
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Todd

Making a cheap political statement like little woke western justice warriors is also ‘not having integrity’.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

I wouldn’t listen to it on my own time, but I love the story behind it. How could anyone not love the story behind it? I reckon it might do very well (unless the hype just goes up in smoke come May). I never imagined Iceland’s first winner to be an entry like this, but who knows… It seems to work on stage.

enji
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enji

i don’t love it. children are overrated.

Colin
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Colin

Dadi just has to get points for one of the most original lyrics. When is the last time we got a song about a baby? We had My Wish and Little Baby El from NFs (both good songs, both very different than TAT), but this is the first time a song about a baby is actually on ESC. It’s welcome. 🙂

Whisker
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Whisker

LOL, I agree with you.

Kosey
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Kosey

What if the baby is thinking, “Dad, please don’t send that song to Eurovision?”

Akoc
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Akoc

Netflix out!

Gil Dadia
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Gil Dadia

Thx to bulgaria for kicking iceland from the first place in the odds. Karma is a bitch….iceland knows only to spread hate in eurovision, no one forgot what happened last year in israel.
0 points to iceland this year.
Thx everyone, lesson should be learned

Gil Dadia
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Gil Dadia

Btw dari supported to boycott the eurovision in tel aviv,
So now its time to teach him a lesson he will never forget.

Gil Dadia
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Gil Dadia

And no, icelandic downvotes here will not help you…lol

Dawid
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Dawid

At least one is from Poland. You’re saying how much spreading hate sucks while its exactly what you’re doing. Hypocrisy at its finest

Vicky
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Vicky

I’m not even Icelandic lol But your comments deserves downvoting.

PooPoo
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PooPoo

Haha, well Iceland will still be the most accessible and enjoyable song of the two. At least Dadi is true to himself and is a unique artist, unlike Bulgaria’s Billie Eillish wannabe. And I’d say a fair few people have forgotten about last year, because Iceland is one of the favourites still. I’d rather an artist stand up for what’s right than be a pussy and say nothing. Ironic as well that you say you’re against hate whilst speaking very hateful, mafia-like language…’now it’s time to teach him a lesson he will never forget’…what you gonna do, make him sleep… Read more »

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Sweet, personal and smart lyrics.

Candy
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Candy

Bit drastic, but it is worth mentioning that Dadi was among the artists who signed the petition to boycott Eurovision 2019.

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

rightfully so with how Israel treats some of its people

Sal
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Sal

Can’t wait until Eurovision is in Russia again to see if we get the same calls for boycott (obviously we won’t because Russia isn’t a Jewish country)

Jilm
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Jilm

There was a call for boycott during the World Cup in Russia and many people did boycott. This isn’t about Jews, it is a call for a boycott that forces a government to stop the horrible treatment of people living in their country. Just like we did for South Africa, another country that is not considered Jewish.

Dawid
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Dawid

Of course there would be (cough Ukraine cough) but at least I bet that Russia wouldn’t victimise themself or compare people who voted against them to nazis or anything

Hami
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Hami

Really? Cool, now I love him even more 🙂

Vicky
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Vicky

My love for him just grown even bigger.

InEurovisonWeTrust
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InEurovisonWeTrust

As much as i am kinda over Iceland at this point i honestly don’t see any other country winning this year. It ticks all the right boxes. I think Lithuania is perhaps the better overall package but people will find Iceland waaay more accessible, thus i can see a landslide televote and top 3 with the juries (because it’s Original) while the others such as Bulgaria and Romania will be too similar and will suffer IMMENSELY from this. The same can be said for Malta and Sweden, Israel and Czech Republic, Switzerland and The Netherlands. The only dangerous outsiders i… Read more »

Me, Myself And I
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Me, Myself And I

Oh please go away nobody wants to hear your annoying ass ranting

Oakey
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Oakey

My first assumption to the song’s meaning was that it was about getting to know your romantic lover and how you can’t wait to become totally engrossed in them, their interests and just wanting to know what they think about things, however small or seemingly insignificant; because it’s them thinking these things, so it automatically becomes significant to you. Yet the fact that it was actually written about Dadi’s daughter brings a truly special and unique meaning to this!It’s like, he is still talking about someone new in his life and someone he loves, but those lyrics ‘we were bound… Read more »

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

As a parent with a yet-to-be-verbal child, I can tell you that lyrically, this rings true.
The style of song contrasts with the meaning of the lyrics. It’s very clever.

Fan From Texas
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Fan From Texas

Knowing that it’s about his daughter makes me love this song even more. Good luck Iceland!!

Andi
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Andi

Yeah, same feeling here. They really can win this.