That's What Friends Are For (The Swarbriggs song)

Republic of Ireland "That's What Friends Are For"
Eurovision Song Contest 1975 entry
Tommy Swarbrigg, Jimmy Swarbrigg
The Swarbriggs
Tommy Swarbrigg, Jimmy Swarbrigg
Tommy Swarbrigg, Jimmy Swarbrigg
Colman Pearce
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Cross Your Heart" (1974)   
"When" (1976) ►

That's What Friends Are For was the Irish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975, performed in English by The Swarbriggs.

The song is in a moderate tempo, with the singers calling on their listeners to help each other in times of need, because "That's what friends are for". The call is made to everyone in the world, rather than just those who know the needy person at the time.

The performance is notable for the fact that the singers wore identical electric blue suits, taking full advantage of the increasing trend towards bright and eye-catching costumes. The song was performed second on the night (following the Netherlands' Teach-In with "Ding-A-Dong" and preceding France's Nicole Rieu with "Et bonjour à toi l'artiste"). At the close of voting, it had received 68 points, placing 9th in a field of 19.

It was succeeded as the Irish representative at the 1976 Contest by Red Hurley with When.

The song and its accompanying music video were parodied in the Father Ted episode "Song for Europe" with the song "My Lovely Horse".


Chart (1975) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[1] 2


  1. "Ireland singles charts". Retrieved 2014-05-13.

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