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Douwe Bob

Douwe Bob, 23, was chosen to represent The Netherlands in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. "I write songs and now I have the chance to showcase my music on the largest stage in Europe. I am taking part to win and am happy that I can do so in my own unique way", he said. Douwe will perform Slow Down in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Douwe Bob (23), was born and raised in an Amsterdam artists' family. In 2012 he was voted best singer-songwriter in the Netherlands and has become established in the Dutch music scene with the #1 album Pass It On and hits like Sweet Sunshine and Hold Me Now (duet with Anouk, 2013 Eurovision Song Contest). His music is characterised by the combination of songs rooted firmly in the 60s and 70s but at the same time, has an extremely contemporary sound. A love for music from that time was something he grew up with.

The chemistry with his band members is essential; their live performances at major national and international festivals and their recent tour of the Netherlands, have been described as formidable. Slow Down is a protest song against the demands of modern life. Douwe believes that it is necessary to sit back and look at what is really important in life. 

Things you should know about Douwe Bob

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

  1. The message in the lyrics has a deep personal meaning; it's a protest song against society's demands on people these days. It seems everybody has too little time for too many things. And so do I. Sometimes it's necessary to sit back and see what is really important.
  2. In the context of the Eurovision Song Contest, I feel a relatively understated song with a clear, almost spiritual message, could bring people together. I set out to write something that resonates internationally and has depth to it, even it's hidden a little.
  3. It was written in three countries: Portugal, Spain and Sweden. And to be honest, it's pretty clear to me which parts of the song were written where.

What are the three most impressive facts about you?

  1. I have a bar in my own home where I host concerts for friends and sometimes fans
  2. I love to ride horses and will search for the best horse riding places around Stockholm to relax
  3. In my spare time I cut my friends' hair

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

The band all hug each other

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

I write songs and this is the biggest stage for those songs. Of course I am in!

Lyrics of Slow Down

I’m going nowhere and I’m going fast
I should find a place to go and rest
I should find a place to lay my head tonight

Every morning there’s another start
Every morning hits so hard
Guess I’m running scared guess I’m running on empty

Mister can you help me
‘Cause it seems I’ve been lead astray
I keep searching for an answer for a way
Won’t you help me

You gotta slow down brother
Slow down brother
Slow down if you can’t go on
Slow down brother
Slow down brother
Slow down if you can’t go on

Do you think I’ll ever learn
I used to be without concern
Now all I ever do don’t seem to free me

Mister can you help me
‘Cause it seems I’ve been lead astray
I keep searching for an answer today
Won’t you help me

You gotta slow down brother
Slow down brother
Slow down if you can’t go on
Slow down brother
Slow down brother
Slow down if you can’t go on
Je ne vais nulle part et je vais vite
Je devrais trouver un endroit où aller me reposer
Je devrais trouver un endroit où poser ma tête cette nuit

Chaque matin, il y a un autre départ
Chaque matin, c’est dur
Je pense courir par peur, je pense courir à bout de souffle

Monsieur, vous pouvez m’aider ?
Car on dirait que j’ai été détourné du droit chemin
Je continue de chercher une solution pour en sortir
Vous ne m’aiderez pas ?

Faut y aller mollo, mon frère
Vas-y mollo, mon frère
Vas-y mollo si tu ne peux pas continuer
Vas-y mollo, mon frère
Vas-y mollo, mon frère
Vas-y mollo si tu ne peux pas continuer

Vous pensez que j’apprendrai un jour ?
J’avais l’habitude d’être sans soucis
Maintenant, quoi que je fasse, je suis coincé

Monsieur, vous pouvez m’aider ?
Car on dirait que j’ai été détourné du droit chemin
Je continue de chercher une solution aujourd’hui
Vous ne m’aiderez pas ?

Faut y aller mollo, mon frère
Vas-y mollo, mon frère
Vas-y mollo si tu ne peux pas continuer
Vas-y mollo, mon frère
Vas-y mollo, mon frère
Vas-y mollo si tu ne peux pas continuer