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Amsterdam was the Dutch entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 in The Hague performed by Maggie MacNeal.

The song is a favourite of many, and it favours the capital of the Netherlands itself, and there was a "superb atmosphere" and that it is "the city where everything's possible".

The song was performed 15th on the night, following Portugal and preceding France. At the close of voting, it finished in 5th place with 93 points.

Lyrics

Waar in de wereld je ook bent
Je denkt terug aan dat moment
En weet niet waar je het van kent

Maar opeens herinner je je weer
Er was een eindeloze sfeer
En die is er telkens weer

In Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Is van alles aan de gang
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Bestaat al eeuwenlang

Amsterdam, Amsterdam
De stad waar alles kan
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Iedereen die weet ervan

Hier ben je werk'lijk nooit alleen
Je vindt een deel van iedereen
In alle dingen om je heen

Hier voelen zich alle mensen blij
En in hun doen en laten vrij
Met het gevoel: je hoort erbij

In Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Is van alles aan de gang
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Bestaat al eeuwenlang

In die stad waar heel de wijde wereld jou begroet
Vind je dat wat je zoekt
Overal in overvloed

Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Daar is van alles aan de gang
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Bestaat al eeuwenlang

Amsterdam
De stad waar alles kan
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Iedereen die weet ervan

Once you’re here, you’ll want to stay
You’ll never want to go away
You’ll live for every day

You’ll never feel alone
You’ll never end up on your own
It’s a thing I’ve never known

Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Everything is here
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
When you leave, you shed a tear

Amsterdam, Amsterdam
We know you’re in our heart
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
And we will never part

Friends, they come from everywhere
To find the happiness we share
It’s a feeling that’s so rare

If you leave, I know for sure
One day you’ll come right back for more
It will be just like before

In Amsterdam, Amsterdam
‘Cause everything is here
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
When you leave, you shed a tear

Every street you walk along
The people have a smile
It has atmosphere you feel
It’s exciting, it has style

Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Everything is here
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
When you leave, you shed a tear

Amsterdam
We know you’re in our heart
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
And we will never part

Video

Eurovision 1980 - Netherlands - Maggie MacNeal - Amsterdam -HQ SUBTITLED-

Eurovision 1980 - Netherlands - Maggie MacNeal - Amsterdam -HQ SUBTITLED-

Trivia

  • ESC Radio use the chorus of this song to tell listeners about "Eurovision in Amsterdam", which is a pre-contest "party" where artists get together and sing their song live on stage.
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