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Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs'e seyahat was Germany's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 in Tel Aviv, performed by the band Sürpriz.

The song was performed 21st on the night, following Malta and preceding Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the close of voting, it had received 140 points, placing 3rd.  The song is remarkable for being the first appearance by members of the Turkish-German minority in a major role for their home country. It is also the first occasion on which the German entry contained lyrics in Hebrew and Turkish.

Lyrics

Selâm, selâm, hand in hand on the journey to Jerusalem

Selâm, selâm, lasst uns geh’n auf die Reise nach Jerusalem
Selâm, selâm, hadi gidelim Kudüs’e hep birlikte

Schon als ich ein Kind war, spielten wir dieses Spiel
Reise nach Jerusalem, einer nur kommt ans Ziel
Denn wenn der Rhythmus plötzlich schweigt
Heißt das, es ist vorbei, kein Platz mehr frei

Selâm, selâm, lasst uns geh’n auf die Reise nach Jerusalem
Selâm, selâm, hadi gidelim Kudüs’e hep birlikte

Wir haben einen Traum, der nie die Kraft verliert
Leben ist eine Reise, die nach morgen führt
Frieden ist mehr als nur ein Spiel bei dem nur einer gewinnt
Weil wir Menschen sind

Selâm, selâm, lasst uns geh’n auf die Reise nach Jerusalem
Selâm, selâm, hadi gidelim Kudüs’e hep birlikte

We walk hand in hand to a peaceful land
Barış olsun diye yürüyelim el ele
We walk hand in hand to a peaceful land
Dost kalırsak eğer yarışamaya değer
And if we stay friends, a dream will live forever

Ve bir zaman, hedefe vardığımız an
Irgendwann kommen wir an

Selâm, selâm, lasst uns geh’n auf die Reise nach Jerusalem
Selâm, selâm, hadi gidelim Kudüs’e hep birlikte
Selâm, selâm, lasst uns geh’n auf die Reise nach Jerusalem
Selâm, selâm, hadi gidelim Kudüs’e hep birlikte

Selâm, selâm, hand in hand on the journey to Jerusalem
Selâm, selâm, lasst uns geh’n auf die Reise nach Jerusalem

Hi, hi, hand in hand on the journey to Jerusalem

Hi, hi, let’s go on the journey to Jerusalem
Hi, hi, come on, let’s go to Jerusalem all together

Already when I was a child, we played this game
Musical chairs, only one reaches the goal
Then when the rhythm suddenly stops
It means, it is over, there is no more free space

Hi, hi, let’s go on the journey to Jerusalem
Hi, hi, come on, let’s go to Jerusalem all together

We’ve got a dream, that never loses its power
Life is a journey, that leads to tomorrow
Peace is more than just a game, where only one can win
Because we’re human

Hi, hi, let’s go on the journey to Jerusalem
Hi, hi, come on, let’s go to Jerusalem all together

We walk hand in hand to a peaceful land
I wish there was peace and everybody would be hand in hand
We walk hand in hand to a peaceful land
There would be friendship and no quarrels
And if we stay friends, a dream will live forever

And all this will happen in the future
Some day we’ll arrive

Hi, hi, let’s go on the journey to Jerusalem
Hi, hi, come on let’s go to Jerusalem, all together
Hi, hi, let’s go on the journey to Jerusalem
Hi, hi, come on let’s go to Jerusalem, all together

Hi, hi, hand in hand on the journey to Jerusalem
Hi, hi, let’s go on the journey to Jerusalem

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