RTL Today – Musical moments: 10 songs with Luxembourg in the lyrics

From Elvis Costello to Van Morrison, these funky tunes feature little Luxembourg!

Luxembourg – Elvis Costello and attractions

rolling stone listed Costello among the 100 greatest artists of all time. So naturally he wrote about one of the greatest countries of all time.

Well, let’s be honest, in ‘Luxembourg’ he sings: “Don’t start your morning moaning or you could wake up in Luxembourg”, but maybe he’s kidding and actually would like to wake up in Luxembourg? It is surely not so bad?

Get Well Soon – Godley & Creme

This English rock duo, hailing from 1970s rock band 10cc, pay homage to Radio Luxembourg (a predecessor of our very own RTL Today radio!) in this classic track:

I spend the night with Radio Luxembourg
Pop music makes me sleep
I grant the dial to Radio Luxembourg
It’s better than counting sheep

Dad’s car – The cardigans

This Swedish rock band rock’n’roll, uh, road trip in their dad’s car. Along the way, they cross the Grand Duchy:

From Luxemburg to Rome
From Berlin to the moon
From Paris to Lausanne
From Athens to the sun
Our car has become a spaceship

You’re Not Fun Anymore – The Bluetones

We are back in Britain with Britpop purveyors The Bluetones, who have written an entire album called Luxembourg. It’s love! Or maybe something spicier, because the song “You’re No Fun Anymore” is about an S&M relationship that has lost its luster. ‘Luxembourg’ is the escape word!

I can’t say the word, whoa lux Luxembourg

On Hyndford Street – Van Morrison

Here’s another song featuring radio station Radio Luxembourg, rather than the country itself. Well, the song is a bit over the top for this number. It’s somewhere between a hymn to “sunny summer afternoons” and a spoken word poem:

Take me back, take me away, away, away
On Hyndford Street
Where you could feel the silence at half past eleven
The long summer nights
As the radio was playing Radio Luxembourg

Lady of Luxembourg – Ronnie Ronalde

This one is a bit of a niche: a music-hall singer imitating birdsong and yodelling with slicked back hair and a carefree tone. He is delighted by the lady from Luxembourg:

See her walk you see a dream
People are talking everywhere she’s been
Hear her talk, you know what I’m mean
The lady from Luxembourg

Luxembourg_Lxb – Mike Ross

And now for something completely different… Togolese/Luxembourgish artist Mike Ross shares his vision of ‘belle danse’ in the Grand Duchy:

Luxembourg is not just about money
Luxembourg is not just about banks
In Luxembourg we also know how to party (In Luxembourg we also know how to party)

Luxemburg – Jesse Harris

American singer-songwriter Harris focuses his summer melody on the Grand Duchy:

In Luxembourg on the grass
Did you know all that would pass?

In the days before rock ‘n’ roll – Van Morrison

Versatile musical legend Van Morrison is back for a second stint. He pays tribute here to his musical heroes: Little Richard, Ray Charles, and to the source of a lot of good music: Radio Luxembourg.

We’ve traveled the wavebands
We would have Luxembourg,
Luxemburg and Athens

Ask – The Smiths

By popular demand, we felt we had to include this number. Manchester’s favorite rock band (well, okay, there are quite a few to choose from) remembers:

Spend the hot summer days indoors
Write scary verses
To a horse-toothed girl in Luxembourg

Prime! Ons Heemecht (Our Homeland)

Alright, so that’s 11 songs, but we couldn’t not end with this true Luxembourg classic, the national anthem. It really is a banger, isn’t it?

In English, the lyrics include:

Keep this, our Luxembourg land,
Foreign yoke and woe!

Do you like or hate any of the artists above? Let us know below in the comments.

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