Dare to Dream

14, 16 & 18 May 2019

ESC2018

Paradise Oskar

Da Da Dam

Paradise Oskar is a mask, behind which we find the 20-year-old singer/songwriter Axel Ehnström from Helsinki.

Preview video

Axel couldn’t sing before he learned to walk and he wasn’t a five-year old Mozart
reciter, but he has always been willing to learn things. This characteristic landed him
to study music at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki last autumn.

Axel already took an interest to music when he entered school and soon his own melodies
were ringing in his head. Songwriting was more and more prominent in Axel’s life
and he wanted to bring his songs for others to hear. But first he had to get a stage name.
He found that in Astrid Lindgren’s fairytale – an old vagabond, who made his living
playing the accordion.

Last summer during improvisation, he quickly came up with a melody and wrote the partly
sarcastic lyrics about people’s indifference.  He decided to send his shoebox budgeted demo
to the Finnish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. His only wish was to get feedback from his music.

A few weeks later the Finnish Broadcasting Company contacted him, but the e-mail was
a total surprise to Axel.  The jury had picked Da Da Dam straight to the
Finnish final!

After his initial bewilderment, Alex started to put the finishing touch to the song.
The well-known composer/arranger/producer guru Leri Leskinen came to his assistance.
Da Da Dam was first performed publicly at the end of November and started to conquer
the masses.

Paradise Oskar’s first performance on a live TV broadcast in January paved the way; he won
his qualification round and got more and more fans.

Before the final qualification, even the status of a favourite didn’t make this young man nervous.
Paradise Oskar sang his way irresistibly and irrevocably to the hearts of the Finns. In the final of
the Finnish national final, Da Da Dam scored almost fifty per cent of all the phone
and text message votes. 

The entry

Title
Da Da Dam
Performed by
Paradise Oskar
Written by
Axel Ehnström
Composed by
Axel Ehnström
Broadcaster
YLE

Lyrics of Da Da Dam

English (Original)

Peter is smart, he knows each European country by heart. He likes to sit under an apple tree on his yard and wait for an apple to fall.
When Peter is nine his teacher tells him that this planet is dying, that someone needs to put an end to it all and so when Peter comes home he tells his mom:
I'm going out in the world to save our planet. And I ain't coming back until she's saved. I'll walk my way to see the King and parliament. If they don't help I'll do it by myself. I don't wanna be Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Peter is young, he tries to talk but no one listens to him. Everybody's busy living and dying, not thinking about what they're doing.
But look at the boy who went out in the world to save our planet. And he ain't coming back until she's saved. He walked his way to see the King and parliament. But they all turned their heads and walked away singin' Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
And now I'm going out in the world to save our planet. And I ain't coming back until she's saved. I'm walking in the footsteps that young Peter made. And everybody is welcome to join, and sing with me: Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da da dam

French

Peter est intelligent, il connaît chaque pays européen par cœur. Il aime s'asseoir sous un pommier dans le jardin et attendre tomber une pomme .
Quand Peter a neuf ans, son instituteur lui dit que cette planète va se mourir, et que quelqu'un devrait mettre fin à tout cela. Et voilà, quand Peter rentre à la maison il dit à sa mère:
”Je vais aller dans le monde pour sauver notre planète. Et je ne reviendrai avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée. J’y vais à pied pour le dire au Roi et au Parlement. S’ils ne viendront pas en aide, je la saverai moi-même. Je ne veux pas devenir : Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da ”
Peter est jeune, Il essaie de parler au monde, mais personne ne l'écoute. Tout le monde est occupé à vivre et à mourir, à ne pas penser à ce qu’on fait.
Regardez bien le garçon, qui est sorti dans le monde pour sauver notre planète. Il ne reviendra avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée. Il y va à pied pour le dire au Roi et au Parlement.. Mais ils ont tous tourné la tête, et se sont éloignés de lui, en chantant : Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Et maintenant, je vais aller dans le monde pour sauver notre planète. Et je ne reviendrai avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée. Je veux suivre le chemin que le jeune Peter a frayé. Tous sont les bienvenus à me rejoindre et à chanter avec moi : Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da da dam

The entry

Title
Da Da Dam
Performed by
Paradise Oskar
Written by
Axel Ehnström
Composed by
Axel Ehnström
Broadcaster
YLE

Artist accounts

This artist doesn't have any official channels

Paradise Oskar is a mask, behind which we find the 20-year-old singer/songwriter Axel Ehnström from Helsinki.

Preview video

Axel couldn’t sing before he learned to walk and he wasn’t a five-year old Mozart
reciter, but he has always been willing to learn things. This characteristic landed him
to study music at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki last autumn.

Axel already took an interest to music when he entered school and soon his own melodies
were ringing in his head. Songwriting was more and more prominent in Axel’s life
and he wanted to bring his songs for others to hear. But first he had to get a stage name.
He found that in Astrid Lindgren’s fairytale – an old vagabond, who made his living
playing the accordion.

Last summer during improvisation, he quickly came up with a melody and wrote the partly
sarcastic lyrics about people’s indifference.  He decided to send his shoebox budgeted demo
to the Finnish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. His only wish was to get feedback from his music.

A few weeks later the Finnish Broadcasting Company contacted him, but the e-mail was
a total surprise to Axel.  The jury had picked Da Da Dam straight to the
Finnish final!

After his initial bewilderment, Alex started to put the finishing touch to the song.
The well-known composer/arranger/producer guru Leri Leskinen came to his assistance.
Da Da Dam was first performed publicly at the end of November and started to conquer
the masses.

Paradise Oskar’s first performance on a live TV broadcast in January paved the way; he won
his qualification round and got more and more fans.

Before the final qualification, even the status of a favourite didn’t make this young man nervous.
Paradise Oskar sang his way irresistibly and irrevocably to the hearts of the Finns. In the final of
the Finnish national final, Da Da Dam scored almost fifty per cent of all the phone
and text message votes. 

Lyrics of Da Da Dam

English (Original)

Peter is smart, he knows each European country by heart. He likes to sit under an apple tree on his yard and wait for an apple to fall.
When Peter is nine his teacher tells him that this planet is dying, that someone needs to put an end to it all and so when Peter comes home he tells his mom:
I'm going out in the world to save our planet. And I ain't coming back until she's saved. I'll walk my way to see the King and parliament. If they don't help I'll do it by myself. I don't wanna be Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Peter is young, he tries to talk but no one listens to him. Everybody's busy living and dying, not thinking about what they're doing.
But look at the boy who went out in the world to save our planet. And he ain't coming back until she's saved. He walked his way to see the King and parliament. But they all turned their heads and walked away singin' Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
And now I'm going out in the world to save our planet. And I ain't coming back until she's saved. I'm walking in the footsteps that young Peter made. And everybody is welcome to join, and sing with me: Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da da dam

French

Peter est intelligent, il connaît chaque pays européen par cœur. Il aime s'asseoir sous un pommier dans le jardin et attendre tomber une pomme .
Quand Peter a neuf ans, son instituteur lui dit que cette planète va se mourir, et que quelqu'un devrait mettre fin à tout cela. Et voilà, quand Peter rentre à la maison il dit à sa mère:
”Je vais aller dans le monde pour sauver notre planète. Et je ne reviendrai avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée. J’y vais à pied pour le dire au Roi et au Parlement. S’ils ne viendront pas en aide, je la saverai moi-même. Je ne veux pas devenir : Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da ”
Peter est jeune, Il essaie de parler au monde, mais personne ne l'écoute. Tout le monde est occupé à vivre et à mourir, à ne pas penser à ce qu’on fait.
Regardez bien le garçon, qui est sorti dans le monde pour sauver notre planète. Il ne reviendra avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée. Il y va à pied pour le dire au Roi et au Parlement.. Mais ils ont tous tourné la tête, et se sont éloignés de lui, en chantant : Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Et maintenant, je vais aller dans le monde pour sauver notre planète. Et je ne reviendrai avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée. Je veux suivre le chemin que le jeune Peter a frayé. Tous sont les bienvenus à me rejoindre et à chanter avec moi : Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da da dam

The entry

Title
Da Da Dam
Performed by
Paradise Oskar
Written by
Axel Ehnström
Composed by
Axel Ehnström
Broadcaster
YLE

Artist accounts

This artist doesn't have any official channels

Paradise Oskar is a mask, behind which we find the 20-year-old singer/songwriter Axel Ehnström from Helsinki.

Preview video

Axel couldn’t sing before he learned to walk and he wasn’t a five-year old Mozart
reciter, but he has always been willing to learn things. This characteristic landed him
to study music at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki last autumn.

Axel already took an interest to music when he entered school and soon his own melodies
were ringing in his head. Songwriting was more and more prominent in Axel’s life
and he wanted to bring his songs for others to hear. But first he had to get a stage name.
He found that in Astrid Lindgren’s fairytale – an old vagabond, who made his living
playing the accordion.

Last summer during improvisation, he quickly came up with a melody and wrote the partly
sarcastic lyrics about people’s indifference.  He decided to send his shoebox budgeted demo
to the Finnish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. His only wish was to get feedback from his music.

A few weeks later the Finnish Broadcasting Company contacted him, but the e-mail was
a total surprise to Axel.  The jury had picked Da Da Dam straight to the
Finnish final!

After his initial bewilderment, Alex started to put the finishing touch to the song.
The well-known composer/arranger/producer guru Leri Leskinen came to his assistance.
Da Da Dam was first performed publicly at the end of November and started to conquer
the masses.

Paradise Oskar’s first performance on a live TV broadcast in January paved the way; he won
his qualification round and got more and more fans.

Before the final qualification, even the status of a favourite didn’t make this young man nervous.
Paradise Oskar sang his way irresistibly and irrevocably to the hearts of the Finns. In the final of
the Finnish national final, Da Da Dam scored almost fifty per cent of all the phone
and text message votes. 

Lyrics of Da Da Dam

English (Original)

Peter is smart, he knows each European country by heart. He likes to sit under an apple tree on his yard and wait for an apple to fall.
When Peter is nine his teacher tells him that this planet is dying, that someone needs to put an end to it all and so when Peter comes home he tells his mom:
I'm going out in the world to save our planet. And I ain't coming back until she's saved. I'll walk my way to see the King and parliament. If they don't help I'll do it by myself. I don't wanna be Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Peter is young, he tries to talk but no one listens to him. Everybody's busy living and dying, not thinking about what they're doing.
But look at the boy who went out in the world to save our planet. And he ain't coming back until she's saved. He walked his way to see the King and parliament. But they all turned their heads and walked away singin' Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
And now I'm going out in the world to save our planet. And I ain't coming back until she's saved. I'm walking in the footsteps that young Peter made. And everybody is welcome to join, and sing with me: Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da da dam

French

Peter est intelligent, il connaît chaque pays européen par cœur. Il aime s'asseoir sous un pommier dans le jardin et attendre tomber une pomme .
Quand Peter a neuf ans, son instituteur lui dit que cette planète va se mourir, et que quelqu'un devrait mettre fin à tout cela. Et voilà, quand Peter rentre à la maison il dit à sa mère:
”Je vais aller dans le monde pour sauver notre planète. Et je ne reviendrai avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée. J’y vais à pied pour le dire au Roi et au Parlement. S’ils ne viendront pas en aide, je la saverai moi-même. Je ne veux pas devenir : Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da ”
Peter est jeune, Il essaie de parler au monde, mais personne ne l'écoute. Tout le monde est occupé à vivre et à mourir, à ne pas penser à ce qu’on fait.
Regardez bien le garçon, qui est sorti dans le monde pour sauver notre planète. Il ne reviendra avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée. Il y va à pied pour le dire au Roi et au Parlement.. Mais ils ont tous tourné la tête, et se sont éloignés de lui, en chantant : Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Et maintenant, je vais aller dans le monde pour sauver notre planète. Et je ne reviendrai avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée. Je veux suivre le chemin que le jeune Peter a frayé. Tous sont les bienvenus à me rejoindre et à chanter avec moi : Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da
Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da da dam