The War Is Not Over

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Latvia "The War Is Not Over"
Eurovision Song Contest 2005 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Valters Frīdenbergs,
Kārlis Būmeisters
As
Language
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
Mārtiņš Freimanis
Finals performance
Semi-final result
10th
Semi-final points
85
Final result
5th
Final points
153
Appearance chronology
◄ "Dziesma par laimi" (2004)   
"I Hear Your Heart" (2006) ►

"The War Is Not Over" was Latvia's entry in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, performed in English by Valters & Kaža.

The song is a gentle ballad with somewhat elliptical lyrics. The duo sings, "The war is not over, everyone knows it/It's just a reason to make us believe/That someone's the loser, someone's the winner", which can be interpreted as a call to their listeners not to believe what official sources say.

Early recordings featured the lyrics "That someone is loser, that someone is winner". These were replaced by the above line in deference to English grammar.

The duo performed the song seated on stools with acoustic guitars. The final chorus, however, was performed standing up and using sign language to accompany the lyrics.

As Latvia had not qualified for the finals at the 2004 Contest, the song was performed in the semi-finals. It was performed fifth, following Moldova's Zdob şi Zdub with "Boonika bate doba" and preceding Monaco's Lise Darly with "Tout de moi". At the close of voting, it had received 85 points, placing 10th in a field of 25 and thus qualifying for the finals (the top ten did so).

In the finals, the song was performed twenty-third, following Estonia's Vanilla Ninja representing Switzerland with "Cool Vibes" and preceding France's Ortal with "Chacun pense à soi". At the close of voting, it had received 153 points, placing 5th in a field of 24, thus qualifying Latvia for the finals at their next Contest appearance.

The song had received 12 points from Ireland, Lithuania and Moldova.

It was succeeded as Latvian representative at the 2006 Contest by Cosmos with "I Hear Your Heart".

This song was later recorded by the Danish pop-group Michael Learns to Rock on their Eternity-album released in 2008.