"Weil der Mensch zählt"
("Man is the measure of all things", literally "Because the human counts") was the Austrian
representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003
, performed in German
as well as Steiermarkish
(a dialect of German
) by Alf Poier
The song was performed second on the night, following Iceland
with "Open Your Heart
" and preceding Ireland
's Mickey Harte
with "We've Got the World
". At the close of voting, it had received 101 points, placing 6th in a field of 26.
The song is intended as a sendup of the entire contest (much in the vein of a previous Austrian entry - Schmetterlinge
's Boom Boom Boomerang
) and its excesses. Lyrically, it is about farmyard animals and their habits, but also features a number of non sequiturs
about Adam and Eve
and "the African dromedary". The thick accent in which the song is delivered also adds to the humour, as even a native German speaker may find it hard to follow the lyrics at times.
Musically, the song switches tempo from a simple folk melody during the verse to a singalong chorus before featuring loud guitar chords (to which Poier famously danced in his performance), after which the lyrics record Poier grunting in the manner of a rock star.
The performance itself is also memorable, as the animals mentioned in the song were present - in cardboard cut-out form - on stage playing various instruments.
Despite the controversy of Poier's humour, the song has become... Read More