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Calm After the Storm was the Dutch entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen performed by The Common Linnets. A country ballad, it gives some fans the feeling of songs by American group Lady Antebellum.

Despite the bookies' pre-contest odds that the Netherlands would fare badly, it surprised many when the song qualified, winning the first semifinal overall. In the final, it performed 24th, following Denmark and preceding San Marino. At the close of voting, it finished in second place with 238 points, the country's second consecutive top-10 finish and best finish for many years until it claimed victory in 2019. It went on to become the Contest's best charting song throughout Europe that year.

It also won two Marcel Bezençon awards - the Artistic Award voted on by the commentators, and the Composer Award voted on by a jury of the participating composers in the 2014 contest.

Lyrics

Driving in the fast lane
Counting mile marker signs
The empty seat beside me
Keeps you on my mind

Livin’ in the heartache
Was never something I pursued
I can't keep on chasing
What I can't be for you

Oooohhhh skies are black and blue
I’m thinking about you
Here in the calm after the storm

Tears on the highway
Water in my eyes
This rain ain’t gonna change us
What’s the use to cry

I could say I'm sorry
But I don't wanna lie
I just wanna know if staying
Is better than goodbye

Oooohhhh skies are black and blue
I’m thinking about you
Here in the calm after the storm
Oooooohh after all that we’ve been through
(Baby) there ain’t nothing new
Here in the calm after the storm

Maybe I can find you
Down this broken line
Maybe you can find me
Guess we’ll know in time

Oooohhhh skies are black and blue
I’m thinking about you
Here in the calm after the storm
There ain’t nothing new
Here in the calm after the storm

Videos

The Common Linnets - Calm After The Storm

The Common Linnets - Calm After The Storm

The Common Linnets - Calm After The Storm (The Netherlands) 2014 LIVE Eurovision Grand Final

The Common Linnets - Calm After The Storm (The Netherlands) 2014 LIVE Eurovision Grand Final

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