Koit Toome Mere Lapsed
"Mere lapsed" ("Children of the sea") was the Estonian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, performed in Estonian by Koit Toome.
The song is a piano ballad, with Toome singing about going on a sea voyage with his lover. The voyage also serves as a metaphor for the pair striking out on their own to start a new life.
On the Eurovision stage, Koit Toome was accompanied by Mikko Maltis (guitar, backing vocal), Ain Varts (guitar) and Jüri Mazurtšak (drums).
"Mere lapsed" had in fact won the ticket to Birmingham only by a hair. Earlier in 1998, during the entire voting sequence at the Estonian national final for Eurovision, Evelin Samuel had been in the anything but surprising lead with her song "Unistus igavesest päevast". The very last juror from Switzerland, however, turned the tables in favour of Koit Toome and made Evelin Samuel a dramatic runner up.