Eurovision Fest

Jetty Paerl – De vogels van Holland


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 Henriette Nanette Paerl (professionally known as Jetty Paerl) with her stirring song “De vogels van Holland” (“The Birds of Holland”).

“De vogels van Holland” is a nostalgic ballad that celebrates the beauty of the Dutch landscape and the tranquillity of its birdlife. The title translates to “The Birds of Holland”, and the song’s lyrics evoke a sense of longing and admiration for the country’s natural splendour. Jetty Paerl’s performance was characterized by its serene delivery and heartfelt interpretation, capturing the essence of Dutch pride and reverence for nature.

The orchestration of “De vogels van Holland” was melodious and evocative, featuring gentle melodies and harmonies that complemented artist’s crystalline vocals. The song’s poetic lyrics and serene melody combined to create a poignant and memorable performance that resonated deeply with listeners.


Release date Genre Length Language Country
24 May 1956 Nederpop 02:52 Dutch Netherlands
Dutch English
De vogels van Holland zijn zo muzikaal
Ze leren in hun prille jeugd al tierelieren
De merel, de lijster en de nachtegaal
Om zo de lent’ in Holland goed te kunnen vieren
The birds of Holland are so musical
They already learn to twitter in their early youth
The blackbird, the thrush and the nightingale
So they can celebrate spring in Holland
‘t Is geen wonder, want nergens zijn de plassen zo blauw
Als in Holland, mijnheer
Als in Holland, mevrouw
‘t Is geen wonder, want nergens is het gras zo vol dauw
Zijn de meisjes zo lief, zijn de meisjes zo trouw
En daarom zijn de vogels hier allemaal
Zo muzikaal
Zo muzikaal
Zo muzikaal
It’s no wonder, because nowhere the puddles are so blue
As in Holland, sir
As in Holland, madam
It’s no wonder, because nowhere the grass is so full of dew
Are the girls so sweet, are the girls so faithfull
And that’s why all the birds here are
So musical
So musical
So musical
De hele wereld door heb ik vogels horen zingen
In het zuiden, in het westen, in het noorden
In vele verre landen heb ik vogels horen zingen
Zij zingen kleine liedjes zonder woorden
Across the whole world I’ve heard birds sing
To the south, to the west, to the north
In many faraway countries I’ve heard birds sing
They sing little songs without words
De Franse vogels zingen tudeludelu
Japanse vogels zingen tudeludelu
Chinese vogels zingen tudeludelu
Maar de vogels zingen nergens zo gelukkig en blij
Als in Holland in het voorjaar in de wei
The French birds sing toodledoo
Japanese birds sing toodledoo
Chinese birds sing toodledoo
But nowhere the birds sing so happily and cheerfully
As in Holland in spring in the meadow
De vogels van Holland zijn zo muzikaal
Ze leren in hun prille jeugd al tierelieren
De merel, de lijster en de nachtegaal
Om zo de lent’ in Holland goed te kunnen vieren
The birds of Holland are so musical
They already learn to twitter in their early youth
The blackbird, the thrush and the nightingale
So they can celebrate the spring in Holland
‘t Is geen wonder, want nergens zijn de plassen zo blauw
Als in Holland, mijnheer
Als in Holland, mevrouw
‘t Is geen wonder want nergens is het gras zo vol dauw
Zijn de meisjes zo lief, zijn de meisjes zo trouw
En daarom zijn de vogelѕ hier allemaal
Zo muzikaal
Zo muzikaal
Zo muzikaаl
It’s no wonder, because nowhere the puddles are so blue
As in Holland, sir
As in Holland, madam
It’s no wonder, because nowhere the grass is so full of dew
Are the girls so sweet, are the girls so faithfull
And that’s why all the birds here are
So musical
So musical
So muѕicаl

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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