Thursday, 7 May 2009

De mallemolen - Heddy Lester

Heddy Lester was born in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands on June 18, 1950 as Heddy Affolter. Her biggest claim to fame is her appearance in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'De mallemolen', written by her younger brother Frank Affolter. She finished 12th in a field of 18 competitors.

The lyric of the song uses a merry-go-round as a metaphore for life. For some reason, the quote 'The merry-go-round goes along without you / your horse doesn't stay empty for long' always seems mighty depressing to me. But the B-side makes matters even worse: it's about a man who doesn't hear a bird sing, kills a bug under his feet and hates children. Such negativity!

My collection: 7" single no. 3695
Found: Empire Records, Den Haag, May 5, 2009
Cost: 2,5 euro
Tracks: 'De mallemolen' / 'De man die voorbij kwam'

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