Eurovision Fest

Corry Brokken – Voorgoed voorbij


In 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest marked its inaugural edition, aiming to foster unity through music in Europe, which was still recovering from the ravages of World War II. Among the pioneering artists, who took part in this historic event, was the Netherlands and one its representative Cornelia Maria Brokken (professionally known as Corry Brokken) with her emotive song “Voorgoed voorbij” (“Over for Good”).

“Voorgoed voorbij” is a poignant ballad that explores themes of lost love and emotional farewell. The title translates to “Over for Good”, and the song’s lyrics depict a narrative of heartache and acceptance. Corry Brokken’s performance was characterized by its sincere delivery and expressive interpretation, captivating the audience with its emotional depth and lyrical beauty.

The orchestration of “Voorgoed voorbij” was understated yet powerful, featuring gentle melodies and poignant harmonies that complemented artist’s heartfelt vocals. The song’s melancholic melody and evocative lyrics combined to create a stirring and memorable performance that resonated deeply with listeners.


Release date Genre Length Language Country
24 May 1956 Nederpop 02:38 Dutch Netherlands
Dutch English
Voorgoed voorbij
Nu zijn we nooit meer samen
M’n lieveling
Wat heb ik jou gedaan?
Over for good
Now we’ll never be together again
My darling
What have I done to you?
Voorgoed voorbij
Gesloten zijn je ramen
Maar net als toen
Zie ik viooltjes staan
Over for good
Your windows are closed
But just like then
I still see violets
De hele wereld geurt
De lentebloesem kleurt
Ach, waarom is er ieder jaar een nieuwe mei?
Dat is voor mij voorgoed voorbij
De lente van mijn leven
Dat lachend getij
‘T Is alles voorbij
The whole world smells good
The spring-flower is colouring
Ah, why is there every year a new May?
For me, it’s over forever
The spring of my life
That season of mirth
It’s all over
Voor jou was het maar spel
Ik weet heel goed
Je hebt het niet anders bedoeld
Maar ik, ik meende ‘t wel
‘K Heb het maar al te diep gevoeld
For you it was just a game
I know very well that
You didn’t mean it that way
But me, I did mean it
I felt it very deeply
De hele wereld geurt
De lentebloesem kleurt
Ach, waarom is er ieder jaar een nieuwe mei?
Dat is voor mij voorgoed voorbij
De lente van mijn leven
Dat lachend getij
‘T Is аlleѕ voorbij
The whole world smells good
The spring-flower is colouring
Ah, why is there every year a new May?
For me, it’s over forever
The spring of my life
That season of mirth
It’ѕ аll over

While the scoring system of the first Eurovision Song Contest remains shrouded in mystery, with a detailed record not publicly disclosed, it was well-known that Switzerland won with Lys Assia’s song “Refrain” back then.

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