Netherlands
NETHERLANDS
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Title of the song:
Ik geloof in jou
Performer:
Justine Pelmelay
Composer/Lyricist:
E. Schimscheimer
Justine Pelmelay
Biography
Justine Pelmelay is the lady with the powerful voice who represented the Netherlands for Eurovision back in 1989 with the song Blijf zoals je bent. She released a duet in 1997 (Perhaps love) with famous American singer John Denver, just a few months before he tragically died. Last year, Justine was also nominated for the OGAE Song Contest, with her song Alles wat ik wil. She ended 2nd in the Dutch selection only behind Twarres. Justine is a real Eurovision fan. As the Netherlands weren't allowed to participate in ESC 2002, she organised an "Alternative Song Contest" which was held on May 11th in Utrecht. Participating artists were: Marlayne (ESC 99), Conny Vandenbos (ESC 65), Ronnie Tober (ESC 68), Getty Kaspers (ESC 75), Lenny Kuhr (ESC 69), Heddy Lester (ESC 77), Maribelle (ESC 84) and besides Justine Pelmelay, there also was Sandra Kim from Belgium (ESC 86). Justine's brand new single (and entry for OGAE 2002) is Ik geloof in jou (I believe in you), composed and written by Edwin Schimscheimer.
Edwin Schimscheimer is a famous Dutch songwriter, producer and arranger. For instance, he arranged two songs for the famous group Twarres (Netherlands OGAE last year) in 2001, She couldn't laugh and Stream. He is also especially known in the Netherlands for his song-writing for "Het Nationale Songfestival", the Dutch preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Edwin participated in the Dutch preselection five times with six songs from which two songs qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1989, he composed Symphonie for Full Colour (5th in the selection... won by Justine Pelmelay !). He both wrote and composed De mooiste dag sung by Aurora in 1990. In 1992, he had two songs in the selection, Hartstocht from Lisa Boray (who co-wrote the song with Edwin - ended 4th) and that year winning song Wijs me de weg sung by Humphrey Campbell (who's now married to Ruth Jacott, ESC 1993). Humphrey finished 9th in Malmö. Finally Edwin composed Waar is de zon for Willeke Alberti who represented the Netherlands in Dublin in 1994.
Original lyrics Ik geloof in jou
 
We hebben zoveel meegemaakt
En al zo veel overwonnen
Maar de laatste tijd zie ik pas
Hoe je werkelijk bent
Je kruipt in mijn gedachten
En leest ze als géén één
Dit is zoveel mooier
Zoveel mooier dan alleen
 
Ik geloof in jou
Met alles wat je bent
En ik droom van jou
Wanneer je hier niet bent
Waarheen de weg ook leidt
En waarheen de tijd ons brengt
Ik geloof in jou

 
Het was heus niet altijd makkelijk
En toch ben je gebleven
Zelfs in de zwaarste storm
Heb jij je beste steeds gegeven
Met jou wil ik nu verder
Voor nu en voor altijd
Dit is wat ik wilde
En dit wil ik nooit meer kwijt
 
Ik geloof in jou
Met alles wat je bent
En ik droom van jou
Wanneer je hier niet bent
Waarheen de weg ook leidt
En waarheen de tijd ons brengt
Ik geloof in jou

 
Bij jou ben ik voor niets meer bang
En jouw hart is me heilig
 
Ik geloof in jou
Met alles wat je bent
En ik droom van jou
Wanneer je hier niet bent
Waarheen de weg ook leidt
En waarheen de tijd ons brengt
Ik geloof in jou

 
Ik geloof in jou...
English lyrics I believe in you
 
We have experienced so much
And so much has been conquered
But only lately I see
How you really are
You crawl into my mind
And read it like no other
This is much more beautiful
So much better than alone
 
I believe in you
With everything you are
And I dream of you
When you're not around
Wherever the road may lead us
And wherever time brings us
I believe in you

 
It wasn't always easy
But still you stayed around
Even in the biggest storm
You always gave your best
With you I want to go on
For now and till forever
This is what I wanted
And this I want to keep
 
I believe in you
With everything you are
And I dream of you
When you're not around
Wherever the road may lead us
And wherever time brings us
I believe in you

 
With you there's nothing I'm afraid of
And your heart is sacred to me
 
I believe in you
With everything you are
And I dream of you
When you're not around
Wherever the road may lead us
And wherever time brings us
I believe in you

 
I believe in you...