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Why Do I Always Get It Wrong?

United Kingdom "Why Do I Always Get it Wrong?"
Eurovision Song Contest 1989 entry
Country United Kingdom
Artist(s) Ray Caruana,
John Beeby,
Brian Hodgson,
Maggie Jay,
Mike Bell,
Peter May
As Live Report
Language English
Composer(s) John Beeby
Lyricist(s) Brian Hodgson
Conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst
Finals performance
Final result 2nd
Final points 130
Appearance chronology
◄ "Go" (1988)   
"Give a Little Love
Back to the World" (1990) ►

"Why Do I Always Get it Wrong?", written by Brian Hodgson and composed by John Beeby, was the United Kingdom's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1989, performed by the sextet Live Report, led by Ray Caruana.

Live Report won the right to perform at Lausanne by winning the UK national final, A Song for Europe, where they were the sixth act to perform. For the second of four consecutive years, Live Report was picked via a nationwide telephone vote, receiving more than twice as many votes as the second-place finisher.

At Lausanne, the song was performed seventh on the night, after Belgium's Ingeborg Sergeant with "Door de wind", and before Norway's Britt Synnøve with "Venners nærhet." At the end of judging that evening, "Why Do I Always Get it Wrong?" took the second-place slot with 130 points. Norway, Portugal, Luxembourg, France and Germany all gave their 12 point designations to the UK that evening. Despite losing the contest by six points to Yugoslavia's Riva with "Rock Me," the UK actually received the most sets of 12 point designations for the evening (Yugoslavia received the 12 points from four countries).

For the second year in a row, the UK entered a ballad at the Eurovision final. This song revolved around a man who took off running "where [his lover] won't find [him]," as she causes him to hurt, and leaving her presence for good is the only way to stop the pain. Crying out against his illogical love for the woman who has treated him so badly, Caruana asks, "Why do I always get it wrong?"

After Eurovision, the song placed at #73 on the UK Singles Chart.

Preceded by
Go
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
1989
Succeeded by
Give a Little Love Back to the World


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