There Must Be Another Way
|"There Must Be Another Way"|
|Single by Noa and Mira Awad|
|Released||February 24, 2009|
|Format||Radio single, CD single|
|Producer(s)||Noa, Mira Awad, Gil Dor|
"There Must Be Another Way" is a song by Israeli singers Noa and Mira Awad, and was Israel's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, finishing 16th with 53 points. The song competed in the first semifinal on 12 May, qualifying for the final round. The song was composed by Noa, Awad, and Gil Dor, and contains lyrics in English, Hebrew and Arabic.
Noa, a Jewish-Israeli and Awad, an Arab-Israeli, performed it together as a song that emphasises hope and understanding through common humanity. The singers describe "There Must Be Another Way" not as a song of peace, but as a simple call to respect the humanity of others.
There was some controversy about the duo performing together for Eurovision. Several Jewish and Arab local artists and intellectuals called for Awad to step down because, in their view, her participation would convey a false impression of national coexistence that would be used to cover up the deaths of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip. In an interview on National Public Radio, Awad acknowledged this criticism, and said, "We're not naïve enough to think that we're representing any existing situation. We are trying to show a possible situation that we believe is possible if we just make the necessary efforts."
|Swiss Singles Chart||93|
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- Swiss Singles Chart
- Lyrics from the official Eurovision website
- English lyrics from Diggiloo Thrush
- Video from the official Eurovision channel on YouTube
- Arab-Jewish duo chosen to represent Israel at Eurovision, by Reuters, Haaretz