Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos (Melfest 2021)

They’re the two veterans of Swedish showbiz who’ve become the surprise package of Melodifestivalen 2021. And as  Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos prepare for Saturday’s second chance round, we take a look at the meaning behind their song “Rena rama ding dong”.

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Melodifestivalen 2021: Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos “Rena rama ding dong”

Eva Rydberg and Ewa Roos are two of the most beloved actresses and artists in Sweden. They boast lengthy careers in theatre, revue, film and music. They have shared the stage many times. But now, is the first time they’ve come together on the Melodifestivalen stage. At 77, Eva is the oldest ever female performer to compete at Melodifestivalen. The overall record holder is Owe Thörnqvist, who was 87 in 2017.

Eva previously took part in 1977, while Ewa is making her Melfest debut. The pair qualified to andra chansen from the second semi-final. On Saturday, they’ll go up against Clara Klingenström.

What do the “Rena rama ding dong” lyrics mean?

You don’t have to speak Swedish to get the general gist of “Rena rama ding dong”. Eva explains it best. “The song is merry, swinging and somewhat whacky”, she says. “When the viewers will see our performance, I hope they will get to laugh and feel a little joy”.

Whacky is a good way to describe the number. Even the title is nonsensical, “Rena rama ding dong” is simply a series of onomatopoeic words that translates the same in English as it does in Swedish. Read literally, the lyrics seem to act as an instructional guide on how to live your best life and enjoy yourself. The joyously bonkers message is enhanced by a stage show which includes high kicks and backing dancers dressed as OAPs.

Like Charlotte Perrelli, Eva and Ewa are tackling the subject of ageing. However, their message differs from “Still Young”. Rather than outlining everything that’s still left to do and achieve, they’re simply saying that you’re never too old to be silly and fun.

“Rena rama ding dong” lyrics — Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos (Melfest 2021)

Written and composed by: Göran Sparrdahl, Kalle Rydberg and Ari Lehtonen

Swedish text

English translation

Kom och vicka din fot
Knäna kommer efter
Kom och vicka din höft
Nu känns det lite bättre

Kom och klappa din hand
Så alla nu kan höra
Kom och skaka din kropp
Taket lyfter, låt oss köraJa, vi ska sjunga och dansa
Ja, vi ska sjunga och dansaKom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Dansa loss, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding-dongKom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Man går fram och tillbaks
Rena rama ding dong

Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong
Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong

Kom och ge mig en ton
Sjung den lite högre
Kom och vissla en låt
Som bofinken i trädet

Kom och joddla en gång
Vilken härlig dag med glädje
Kom och sjung våran sång
Nu sjunger alla: Yeah Yeah

Ja, vi ska sjunga och dansa
Ja, vi ska sjunga och dansa

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Dansa loss, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding dong

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Man går fram och tillbaks
Rena rama ding dong

Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong
Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Dansa loss, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding dong

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Man går fram och tillbaks
Rena rama ding dong

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Dansa loss, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding dong

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Man går fram och tillbaks
Rena rama ding dong

Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong
Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong

Come and wiggle your foot
The knees come after
Come and wiggle your hip
Now it feels a little better

Come and clap your hand
So everyone can now hear
Come and shake your body
The roof lifts, let’s goYes, we will sing and dance
Yes, we will sing and danceCome all nicke-docka with us.
Dance along, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding-dong

Come all nicke-docka with us.
You go back and forth
Rena rama ding dong

Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong
Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong

Come and give me a tone
Sing it a little louder
Come and whistle a song
Like the finch up in the tree

Come and yodel once
What a wonderful day with joy
Come and sing our song
Now everyone is singing: Yeah Yeah

Yes, we will sing and dance
Yes, we will sing and dance

Come all nicke-docka with us.
Dance along, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding dong

Come all nicke-docka with us.
Dance along, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding dong

Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong
Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong

Come all nicke-docka with us.
Dance along, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding dong

Come all nod with us.
You go back and forth
Rena rama ding dong

Come all nicke-docka with us.
Dance along, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding dong

Come all nicke-docka with us.
Dance along, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding dong

Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong
Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong

What do you think of  “Rena rama ding dong”? Do you want to see Eva and Ewa in the final? Let us know below.

Additional reporting by Padraig.

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Photo: Stina Stjernkvist

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ESC 21
5 months ago

I have work whit them, they are great. Ewa Roos was godmother to my dog and he loves her. GO FOR IT LADYS

Samo
Samo
5 months ago

Call me crazy but I’m still holding my breath for them to win Melfest AND Eurovision. Gothenburg 2022!

Last edited 5 months ago by Samo
Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago

i wish sweden didn’t take itself too seriously so that they could send a song like this

Nikki
Nikki
5 months ago

I can’t be the only one thinking of UK Hun? Can I?

You know, the Eurovision parody song on Drag Race UK.

Imagine Graham Norton’s comment about it. As he was a judge on that episode.

sam
sam
5 months ago

not really a fan of this type of music but those women can put on a really entertaining show and sell the song perfectly… they will qualify, sorry clara

Benny Hill
5 months ago

True queens of MF 2021 🙂

I thought it will be one of those songs performed by schlager veterans that usually ends up last in the semi and I’ve grown to absolutely love it.

Last edited 5 months ago by Benny Hill
Miguel
Miguel
5 months ago

I love them, but Clara brings more quality and a lovely nostalgic song.

I want Clara Klingenström in the final

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
5 months ago

I want them in final. I like them more than half of the songs already qualified…

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago

Play ja ja ding dong!

Bob
Bob
5 months ago

They are queens? Sad that they’re going against Clara, my two favourites of AC.

Miguel
Miguel
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob

I want Clara to go through. Quality must prevail