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Dschinghis Khan was the German entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 in Jerusalem performed by the group of the same name. It was written by Bernd Meinunger and Ralph Siegel, who would go on to be one of Eurovision's most prolific songwriting teams.

An up-tempo, flamboyant disco number akin to the song "Rasputin" by Boney M., the song told the story of the legendary Mongol barbarian and his many conquests.

At the contest, it was performed ninth following Switzerland and preceding host country Israel. At the close of voting, the song finished 4th overall with 86 points including 12s from Denmark, France, Monaco and Spain.

This is only one of two songs in Eurovision history to have the same title as the group performing it, the other being Love City Groove for the United Kingdom in 1995.

Lyrics

Hu, ha, hu, ha... hu, ha, hu, ha...
Hu, ha, hu, ha... hu, ha, hu, ha...
Hu, ha, hu, ha, hu, ha, hu, ha...

Sie ritten um die Wette mit dem Steppenwind
Tausend Mann
Ha, hu, ha...
Und einer ritt voran, dem folgten alle blind:
Dschinghis Khan
Ha, hu, ha...

Die Hufe ihrer Pferde, die peitschten im Sand
Sie trugen Angst und Schrecken in jedes Land
Und weder Blitz noch Donner hielt sie auf
Hu, ha...

Dsching... Dsching... Dschinghis Khan
He, Reiter; ho, Leute; he, Reiter, immer weiter
Dsching... Dsching... Dschinghis Khan
Auf Brüder, sauft Brüder, rauft Brüder, immer wieder

Lasst noch Wodka holen
Ho, ho, ho, ho...
Denn wir sind Mongolen
Ha, ha, ha, ha...
Und der Teufel kriegt uns früh genug

Dsching... Dsching... Dschinghis Khan
He, Reiter; ho, Leute; he, Reiter, immer weiter
Dsching... Dsching... Dschinghis Khan
He, Männer; ho, Männer; tanzt Männer, so wie immer

Und man hört ihn lachen
Ho, ho, ho, ho...
Immer lauter lachen
Ha, ha, ha, ha...
Und er leert den Krug in einem Zug

Und jedes Weib, das ihm gefiel
Das nahm er sich in sein Zelt
Ha, hu, ha...
Es hiess, die Frau, die ihn nicht liebte
Gab es nicht auf der Welt
Ha, hu, ha...

Er zeugte sieben Kinder in einer Nacht
Und über seine Feinde hat er nur gelacht
Denn seiner Kraft konnt keiner widerstehn
Hu, ha...

Dsching... Dsching... Dschinghis Khan
He, Reiter; ho, Leute; he, Reiter, immer weiter
Dsching... Dsching... Dschinghis Khan
Auf Brüder, sauft Brüder, rauft Brüder, immer wieder

Lasst noch Wodka holen
Ho, ho, ho, ho...
Denn wir sind Mongolen
Ha, ha, ha, ha...
Und der Teufel kriegt uns früh genug

Dsching... Dsching... Dschinghis Khan
He, Reiter; ho, Leute; he, Reiter, immer weiter
Dsching... Dsching... Dschinghis Khan
He, Männer; ho, Männer; tanzt Männer, so wie immer

Und man hört ihn lachen
Ho, ho, ho, ho...
Immer lauter lachen
Ha, ha, ha, ha...
Und er leert den Krug in einem Zug
Ha... hu, ha, hu...

Hu, ha, hu, ha... hu, ha, hu, ha...
Hu, ha, hu, ha... hu, ha, hu, ha...
Hu, ha, hu, ha, hu, ha, hu, ha...

They were riding in competition with the steppe wind
A thousand men
Ha, hu, ha...
And one was riding in front, they all followed him blindly:
Genghis Khan
Ha, hu, ha...

The hoofs of their horses, they lashed in the sand
They carried fear and horror in every country
And neither flash nor thunder stopped them
Hu, ha...

Geng... Geng... Genghis Khan
Hey, riders; ho, people; hey, riders, always further
Geng... Geng... Genghis Khan
Come on brothers, drink brothers, fight brothers, on and on

Send for some vodka
Ho, ho, ho, ho...
Because we are Mongolians
Ha, ha, ha, ha...
And the devil gets us early enough

Geng... Geng... Genghis Khan
Hey, riders; ho, people; hey, riders, always further
Geng... Geng... Genghis Khan
Hey, men; ho, men; dance men, like always

And you hear him laugh
Ho, ho, ho, ho...
Always laughing louder
Ha, ha, ha, ha...
And he empties the mug in one go

And each woman, that he liked
He took into his tent
Ha, hu, ha...
They said, a woman who did not love him
Did not exist anywhere in the world
Ha, hu, ha...

He fathered seven children in one night
And about his enemies he only laughed
Because nobody could resist his strength
Hu, ha...

Geng... Geng... Genghis Khan
Hey, riders; ho, people; hey, riders, always further
Geng... Geng... Genghis Khan
Come on brothers, drink brothers, fight brothers, on and on

Send for some vodka
Ho, ho, ho, ho...
Because we are Mongolians
Ha, ha, ha, ha...
And the devil gets us early enough

Geng... Geng... Genghis Khan
Hey, riders; ho, people; hey, riders, always further
Geng... Geng... Genghis Khan
Hey, men; ho, men; dance men, like always

And you hear him laugh
Ho, ho, ho, ho...
Always laughing louder
Ha, ha, ha, ha...
And he empties the mug in one go
Ha... hu, ha, hu...

Videos

Ger79 eurovision preview germany 197903:10

Ger79 eurovision preview germany 1979

Eurovision 1979 Germany - Dschinghis Khan - Dschinghis Khan05:10

Eurovision 1979 Germany - Dschinghis Khan - Dschinghis Khan

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