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She’s got Nyquil in her eye?!

Can anybody tell me what the first line of Germany’s Eurovision 2011 entry is? It’s sung by Lena, a performer with a rather unusual English accent, and I cannot decide what the line is, even after listening to it more times that I care to admit.

When I listen to it, I hear “She’s got Nyquil in her eye” – which, as a lyric, makes no sense whatsoever. Who would put cold medication in their eye?

Searching Google doesn’t yield any useful lyric suggestions.

Magistrix.de suggests:

She’s got luck all in her eye
He knows her catcall
Can’t escape from telling lies
I heard her sayin’

What does “luck all in her eye” mean?

Another site, DirectLyrics, suggests:

She’s got knuckle in her eye
He knows her
Cat coal
She can’t escape from telling lies
I heard her sayin’

This suggests some kind of abuse is going one – and why would you sing about that?

Anybody have any clue?

11 comments to She’s got Nyquil in her eye?!

  • I haven’t got a clue at all. However, I’m terrified that I actually know this song. That is what having the radio on at work does to you, you start to know popular songs. The 80s were the last time I knew popular music.

  • MM

    This is disturbing: Wikipedia says the song is in English.

  • Regarding singing about abuse, one of the most popular US pop songs of the late 1980’s is sung about child abuse. It was a song called, “My name is Luca.”

    So songs are sung about abuse.

    Here is a link to the lyrics:

    http://www.lyricstime.com/suzanne-vega-my-name-is-luca-lyrics.html

    Here is a link to the video:

    http://youtu.be/VZt7J0iaUD0

  • Lena has to be one of the most over-rated ‘singers’ of the last 25 years.

  • She’s not a bad singer, in that she can carry a tune. But I’m going to grind my teeth down to nubs having to listen to her ‘English.’

    Seriously, at some point it just becomes disrespectful.

  • “She’s got a knuckle in her eye” is the correct line.

    The song is definitely about abuse. Why would you sing about abuse? Because the dark side of human behavior is interesting (not that I think this song manages to make it interesting, but blame that on the songwriters).

  • MM

    The original lyrics have now appeared on the official website: http://www.eurovision.tv/event/lyrics?event=1553&song=25633

  • Riayn – Have you met Eurovision yet? It’s the single most popular television show in Europe — This year the finals are May 14th, with semi-finals on the 10th and 12th.

    MM – Thanks for your link and for the research. I didn’t think to check the Eurovision website. The lyrics are certainly distrubing–especially given that Eurovision songs tend to be relentlessly upbeat.

    Cynical Queer – I failed to make clear that I meant that singing about abuse in the context of Eurovision is strange, not that it isn’t popular in the wider world.

    ian in hamburg – I’m certainly not a fan, but I tend to pick the last place finishers in Eurovision as my favorites.

    Sarah1976 – I’ll tolerate her English, people tolerate my German — What I’d like to know is where her accent comes from. It’s unusual and certainly neither American nor British.

    Frank Oswalt – I’ve actually had to explain what the word “knuckle” means to a couple of non-native speakers — perhaps its not the wisest word choice in an international song contest.

  • Michele J

    I still prefer the Nyquil theory. It’s like combining 2 dangerous teen trends, abusing cough syrup and eyeballing vodka.

  • Jeff

    “Lena has to be one of the most over-rated ‘singers’ of the last 25 years.”
    “I still prefer the Nyquil theory. It’s like combining 2 dangerous teen trends, abusing cough syrup and eyeballing vodka.”

    What an impressive amount of ignorants with no taste in this comment section…

    @Adam:
    “What I’d like to know is where her accent comes from”

    She learned English at school only, two years after she started learning French, and she had no stay abroad. Like any German she adopted the accent of her teacher and, as she is a natural in learning different accents she has mixed it with the accents of the broad range of artists she listened to.

    Damned boring, such a discussion, after she has given hundreds of interviews in English and especially after her 2010 lesson in German English: