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1. BEAUTIFUL SUNSHINE 

Words and music: Paul Toshner

B B/Ab Ebm Ebm/Ab

B F# x B Db

Db/Bb Ebm Db/F F# Eb/G Absus-Ab Absus-Ab​

 

I wake up in the morning, beautiful sunshine

I wake up in the morning all I see is you

 

At the end of a day of marked success

I take out my cufflinks as I get undressed

I thought of you as I climbed the stairs

Acutely aware I was glad you were there

And even though you’re asleep and unaware

I’m happy that I have someone who cares

 

The words flow easy

That's also your doing

But lets not get carried away though

I'm afraid of approving

 

And I wake up in the morning,

beautiful sunshine

I wake up in the morning

all I see is you

 

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day

You're more beautiful 

Than anything Shakespeare could say

Shall I compare thee to a starry starry night

You’re more dazzling 

than anything Vincent tried to hold in sight

 

אִשָּׁה יִרְאַת יְיָ   Isho yiras Hashem

 

 

 

2. AN AMERICAN STAR (sympathy for the journalist)

Words and music Paul Toshner

 

F  Dm

 

F  Dm   Bb   Gm

Ab  Fm   Db   Dbm

Bb  Gm   Eb   Ebm

C  Am   F   Fm

Db  Db/Bb   F#   F#m

 

- “Hello I’ve come to do an interview on you

  I hope that’s alright”

 

I had a job at a local rag 

citing everything she’d say

I fell in love before we met 

which for a journalist never pays

So when the day came along in a restaurant 

And I heaped upon her praise 

she coldly asked me what I want 

I said "tell me ‘bout the early days"

 

She said - (sigh);

my mother would never leave without 

her favourite fender strat

she rushed us both to the hospital 

in my fathers old black cat

I was born at the side of the road 

my friend and that was that

 

- "well tell me where did you grow up"

(Sigh) Yes I did “grow up!” and in a neighbourhood 

where emotion is not revealed 

maybe years have passed, I think you've guessed, 

still I have not healed

But I would borrow my mothers strat

and sneak out to a club in “the old black cat” x 2

 

Born - how!?  In an Englishman’s car

With a mothers guitar 

An American star is born

down, where the tears do not cry

But a voice in her eyes. 

And accompanying sighs are born...

 

Then she said something really quite strange and I saw it in her eyes

“I don’t believe in journalists, they ruin so many lives”

I said “I’m sorry, it’s an age old fight

But I don’t take no liberties because of my rights”  x 2

 

1. F   4. Bb   Born – down, in an Englishman’s car

With a mothers guitar

An American star is born

 

2. F    5. C     Down, where the tears do not cry

and a voice in her eyes. 

And accompanying sighs are born 

 

3. Ab   6. Db    Now  in the land of the free

As she wants it to be

But she’d rather believe in me

 

- “ well thanks very much, bye!

- “It's a free land, it's a price you pay"

 

The journalist is “just doing his job” which is to serve a two edged sword: 

making the star “canonised” as a superstar, and seeking to reveal they are “just human”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. THE VISITORS

Words and music: Paul Toshner

 

Bb  Dm   Eb

 

What brings you to these parts my friend

Is their something you’ve lost

Has the wind been strong

Did you not belong

Was the ground awash with frost

 

Come in I say

Warm those feet of clay

We’re not all Vincent Van Gogh

 

Its been foretold 

That a colour less sold

(a colourless soul)

or the not so bolden rainbow

 

Gets to re-engage

Even centre stage

And somehow comes to pass

 

Or at very lease

doth find some peace

in what’s left of his ass

 

People die

things do change

if this is goodbye

it’s not so strange

not so strange at all

 

In the summer

my father comes south  

to visit the visitors

in the visitors windows

 

 

 

4. ANENU / ANSWER US  

(עֲנֵנוּ)

Paul Toshner

Music in part II: Puccini

 

Weather thing gone

Were the thing gone

Were’d the thing go

Wear the thing gone

 

F  Db

In my dreams we laugh

but I know this can not be

if I ask what’s become of you

you’d ask the same of me

 

the right line

at the right time

in right place

with the right face

 

Ribono Shel L’olam 

Anenu di padre 

di tutto di padre

Adam

 

Master of forever

answer us 

Father of 

the fathers of man

 

In my dreams we laugh...

 

...easier said than done

be it money, health or love, 

or loosing someone 

 

When things seem black

it’s a time to stop 

but not look back

a time to rest and see

what tomorrow will be

 

If you want call it a test

but be assured that 

He knows best

His truth abounds

without a sound

even in a mess

 

If you see the good

you'll see the best

 

We're not naive 

to trust it's just opposite for us

if things seem bad 

try emunah (faith) אֱמוּנָה, 

a tad

 

I know it's easier said than done

be it money, health or love, 

or loosing someone 

 

Dilegua, o notte

(Vanish, o night)

Tramontate, stelle

(Set your stars)

Tramontate, stelle

(Set your stars)

 

All'alba

(At daybreak)

 

HaKodosh Boruch Hu

(The Holy Blessed He

הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא

G-d)

 

Ribono Shel L’olam 

(Master of forever)

Anenu di padre 

(answer us Father)

di tutto di padre

(of [the] fathers)

Adam

(of man)

 

Answer us

answer us 

 

Master of forever

answer us 

Father of 

all fathers of man

 

The right line

in the right time

with the right face

in right place

 

Ribono Shel L’olam 

(Master of forever)

Anenu di padre 

(answer us Father)

di tutto di padre

(of [the] fathers)

Adam

(of man)

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. THE HORSE SPOKE 

   a story of Emunah told to me by my cousin Ivor Tiefinbrun

 

Once upon a time my cousin Ivor went into the pub and everyone said “what happened!? Did you loose your 

license, are you going to jail?!” He said “The horse spoke”. They said “What d’you mean?”

 

Well, he’d just come out of court for speeding so fast in a built up area, and the judge didn’t believe you could do that speed in that area. So he let him off with it.

 

But they all said to him “what d’you mean, the horse spoke!?

 

He said “let me explain, once upon a time there was a king, and the king had a favourite horse and he looked out the window and he sees the stable boy riding his 

favourite horse. And he runs out, sais to the guard “chop his head off”. The stable boy says “wait a minute, I can

 

see the king every day from my little window, riding his favourite horse and I can see him whispering in the horses ear. I thought if I teach the kings horse to speak and answer him back, he’d be very happy!”

 

The king goes “Hmmmm!? That would be lovely wouldn’t it! You can really teach my horse to speak?! I tell you what I give you a year.

 

 

And if at the end of the year you succeed you’re going to be the richest man in the 

kingdom, next to me. But if you fail you’ll wish I’d simply cut your head off coz you’re going to die a slow excruciating death.

 

He says “fine”

 

But he goes back to the stables, and the other stable boys say “you’re mad, you’re gonna be awake all year worrying about what he’s gonna do to you, you could have just had your head chopped off and that would have been it:

 

 

- “sholom al Yisroel done!”

 

He said “no you don’t understand. A lot can happen in a year; The king could die, I could die, the horse could die, the horse could speak.

 

You see the message of the story is that when he went out of court, he should have got a big ticket, lost his driving 

license, and he went into the pub, and they all said “what happened”, he said 

“the horse spoke”

 

they said 

“What d’you mean!?”

 

 

 

6. PAPER GUN

Words and music: Paul Toshner

 

G   F   C   G

C   Dm   Dm   C

C   Dm - G   Dm - G   C

D   Em   Em   D

D   Em - A   Em - A   D

E   Em   Em   E

E   F#m - B   F#m - B   E

 

“There’s something needs to be done.

It's like something in you that says I need to do this.

And if I don't do anything else I know that I know that I know that I have to do this!” 

​Mesoud Benasully

...when someone has wronged you

that is their problem

but that it happened to you is your problem

that it happened to you is yours...

 

where have men been,

what have they become

Gun, paper gun paper gun

Gun, paper gun paper gone

soon they’ll be seeing the light

in fact I certainly hope 

we should be enjoying this 

together on the other side

Probably you prefer that I told you that I 

want to buy you pizza than I tell you I love you

then again depends on weather you have

an allergy to cheeze but nowadays you

can get tofu, tofu is an alternative to cheese

forget it, forget it, give up, don't do it,

don't do it to yourself, don't do it to your family

it's ok, good to love, good to look at other people, 

but you must understand yourself

ok, teach me how to eat sushi

...you don't have chopsticks

what is normal, we all ask that question

the funny thing is being unusual nowadays is so bloody 

normal that nobody really notices if you are unusual or not 

in fact being normal is much more unusual than being unusual

 

The synergy is what counts

where in lies the reality

how fickle we are, how tempted to the unknown

the gender makes no difference

 

​Singing a song, loving me, loving you back...

that’s what I'm thinking about

...nobody is going to change that

I'm talking about everybody’s coping about the same thing.

G-d bless you

hello Mr Appelbaum, I wonder whether or not

you'd like to come round and tell a story...

Of course you need to understand 

that we are working on a masterpiece...

when action is replaced with emotion

instead of going to do something silly

get it out on paper

then perhaps you'll calm down later

or maybe not it depends how much 

or how little self restraint you've got

 

Hope you are well, that's all I am saying

have a wonderful evening and whatever it is

you're not doing, don't do it for long

because if you don't do it what you're not doing

who knows what you'll end up doing

 

coz truth be told I am more bold

where you can not outrun

your hate, from love

that you thought so little of

as you laughed...at my paper gun

 

“I think every person at one point  in their lives

they had this strong feeling that they have to do something

about a situation, maybe they were raised in a way that they shouldn't,

I'm saying...something must be done” 

​Mesoud Benasully

Like a social misfit

you play the scene

“there’s  good and bad in everyone”

so you think you’ll come out clean

 

well I wont give you the pleasure

from me you wont get a rise.

Anyway you’re blissfully un-aware

of why you should be so despised

 

“never rub another mans rhubarb”

always good advice 

like "an eye for an eye

a tooth for a tooth"

there’s a price

so avert your gaze and a little less praise

yes avert your gaze and a little less praise

when temptation fires your ego.

you’ll notice in time

you’re not paying the fine

“Im all right jack” doesn’t cover the legal

 

but I am your enemy my friend

and until the bitter end

you are the reason

for my mindful treason

It's broken so what’s to mend!?

 

In hot and bloody cool disdain

you’ve justified most every lie

moriality can feign

 

the end was over before the war begun

when I left you weaving your only fun

 

twas pen and paper that used to be

my field of no retreat

but now I'm doing all I can

that we should never meet

 

Gun, paper gun paper gun

Gun, paper gum paper gone

Gun, paper gun paper gone

soon they’ll be seeing the light

 

“It's like one of those people that they need to climb Mt Everest

and it requires years of training and then facing the unknown up there

and so many people they have tried and they have failed

and some people even have lost their lives lo alianeo

I don't have more  words to conti....”

​Mesoud Benasully

 

 

 

7. IT’S EASY NOW

Words and music: Paul Toshner

 

you can give it all up, throw it away

“it doesn’t matter - so what” I hear you say

what about a part in the play

 

but you think it's all gone, 

so you sing along

you remember the words, 

but it’s absurd!

coz you keep them inside

to protect your pride

 

it’s easy now

if you're in love

 

but you keep what you got

you keep moving on

you keep it in style,

it may take a while,

you may have to loose

to know how to win!

 

you can give it all up

throw it away

“it doesn’t matter 

- so what” I hear you say

but you've got 

a part in the play

 

you think it's all gone, 

so you sing along

you remember the words, 

it’s a little absurd!

coz you keep it inside 

to protect your pride

 

it’s easy now

coz you're in love

 

who wrote the book how did it sell

who are you now 

you’ve drunk from the well

of bugles and passing phases

newsreels and carbon sages

 

we all turn a page 

but it matters what you read

and who you know, 

not who might tell you

you could have had a part

in the show

 

you started to cry 

it seemed for no reason why

so you wrote down a song, 

but its taking too long

so get up on your feet again, 

where you belong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. YOU AND YOUR OWN

Music: Paul Toshner

Words: Paul Toshner and Max Witreol

 

Ebm F# B Db

B Em B Em B Abm

 

It’s such a shame when we complain

About our nearest and dearest

About the ones we need the most,

who give us all we are

 

And yes I know your not alone

it’s not just you, I know it’s everyone

We pass it off, in saying

we always hurt the ones we love

 

You and your own, it just makes sense

In the battle zone, not sitting on the fence

If you go I will test you right away,

I will test you right away, if you go

 

I'm grateful for your friendship

your troubles are also mine

as you say there’s no space between us

I say "in time"

 

You and your own, it just makes sense

In the battle zone, not sitting on the fence

If you go I will test you right away,

I will test you right away, if you go

 

 

 

9. IN LOVE AGAIN

Words and music: Paul Toshner

 

Tonight when we see we want to be

under the stars and the moonlight

we can be lovers, undiscovered

to the whole world, beautiful girl

I’ve never before 

than when you’re with me

I wont let yougo, forever I see

you for me

for you

or any two lovers who

just like me

just like you

 

oh oh oh

Ohhhh I’m in love again

3rd time today

with you

 

if one of my dreams

came true to me

then holding my hand

we’d reach for

our own better day

where we went our way

to the whole world

beautiful girl

you for me

for you

like any two lovers who

like me

like you

 

oh oh oh

Ohhhh I’m in love again

3rd time today

with you

 

 

 

 

10. YOU MAKE ME ROCK N’ ROLL​

Words and music: Paul Toshner

 

​​​F# F#/Bb B Db

G G/B C D

 

You make me rock n roll

you make me take the can

you make me roll 

 

what did I to deserve someone like you

what do I say when you say that the things I do

make you wanna go away

I didn't meant to hurt you that way

Like you don’t mean all the things you say

 

You say too true, 

You say sometimes we say

the things we really don't want to do

You say we can understand

when we lend a hand,

when we stay for the fight if we hang in there tonight

 

You make me rock n roll

you make me take the can

you make me roll 

 

what do we do!?

we stick at it for what we knew 

but the situation’s hanging on the brink 

How do we mend this parting 

Tell you what, this is how I’m starting

Tellin you now that I’m in for keeps

 

You make me rock n roll

you make me take the can

you make me roll 

 

 

 

 

11. HOPE IN THE DARK

Music: Paul Toshner

Words: Yoshua Widlen

You move and you struggle you double your trouble

I’m bursting your bubble, you’re stuck in a boat

Or the water you’re soaked

How do you float in your life

 

 

 

 

12. JIKAN

Words and music: Paul Toshner

 

Fm  Cm   Db/Bb   Cm

Db   Eb

Db   Bb/D   Eb   Bb/D

Am  Em   Dm   Em

 

Jikan, tired of life without change

Jikan, to re-arrange

to never look back

rise above

don’t cry for pain

only love

only love and Jikan

 

I’m so tired coz I’m so weak

time to sleep to find my feet

I know you see the world 

that’s through my eyes

you know when I’m weak

it comes as no surprise

Jikan

 

Did we look to close to find 

the love we need

in as much our lovers 

hearts so hard when we

refuse to give

what we receive

 

When we’re tired we take the most

think of you think of me so close

remember a new day 

brings another sun

remember the old days

warm from the only one

we really don’t need to run

from Jikan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. TO NONE OTHER THAN ME

Paul Toshner

Am   Dm

 

Here’s a little song

“to none other than me”

 

Not scared of man;

not scared to be himself

 

I hear the train in the distance 

The world has gone quietly mad

It’s one thirty in the morning

things have never been quite so bad

 

I feel the hair on the back of my neck

the blood gone from my cheeks

I fear the abyss 

I didn’t expect this

 

The errors I made

Are being seriously paid

I went beyond to admit

So as to excuse all of it

 

Years of devotion

to none other than me

now I am a prisoner

To none other than me

 

No reason to lie, no reason to see

the Lord He is good

He wants you to be

Not scared of man

not scared to be himself

 

I have who to blame

confused by their game

I may even be wrong

But that’s me singing their song

 

This time it’s through

what must I do

I hope G-d will forgive me

I hope I forgive me too

 

What a fool I have been

Time and again I think I win

That wherever I am

I think perhaps I can

 

Scared of man:

scared to be himself

 

No reason to lie, no reason to see

the Lord He is good

He wants you to be

Not scared of man

not scared to be himself

 

Sorry, I love you 

but you have your issues

so much so what you do

selling hope 

strung together with tissues

 

Hard to live up to

harder to swallow

easily choked on

left feeling hollow

 

But blame, is a thing of the past

I own my own mess

Like I said at the start 

I have what to confess

 

Too scared of man:

too scared to be himself

 

No reason to lie, no reason to see

the Lord He is good

He wants you to be

Not scared of man

not scared to be himself

 

So if you think you're in a hole

or under duress

What will happen now

It’s anyone’s guess

 

Just don’t creep around in disguise

more and more lies

Till' you can safely say: 

That you rue the day

 

"Perhaps I will change

Though probably not

G-d help me to care

If that’s what I forgot.

I got scared of man

I  got scared of myself"

 

No reason to lie, no reason to see

the Lord He is good

He wants you to be

Not scared of man

not scared to be yourself

 

Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah used to say: 

Where there is no wisdom there is no fear of G-d, 

and where there is no fear of G-d there is no wisdom. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. AN ARTIST - prologue

Words and music: Paul Toshner

 

Cm/C-/B-/Bb    Gm   Fm   G    x:  C

Caug    Gaug/B   C  Fm/Eb   C    Fm - G - C      x 2

Eb Bb

 

Finally letting go,

finally sitting down,

finally what I know

laughing a clown in town

 

he doesn’t care about the surreptitious,

he’s into helping you get rid of the delicious,

junkie and monkey on your back

 

He cares about the sense of it,

He’s into the defence of it,

but not with violence, or silence, 

is he free

 

He doesn’t care 

about the critical,

it’s too political,

just his spiritual, lyrical visible 

melody

 

so we sang together,

we sang together, we sang alone

An artist has to make some room

in everything he seems

taking that the higher lines are free

 

And how it feels to be seen and known

For what you have, and what you let go, and let show

But how it feels to be dreaming though,

everything’s quite sad

but I’m glad for what I have

 

If an artist has to make some room

in everything he seams

tell me really are the higher lines free

so we sang together,

we sang together, we sang alone

 

In the middle of the noise on a crowded day

I can hear myself and you know I want to say something

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. THE VISITORS – reprise II  Mesoud Benasully guitar

Words and music: Paul Toshner

 

In the summer my father comes south.

To visit the visitors. In the visitor’s windows

​​

So you know the mitzvah *1 of kibud Av *2. Tough one!

The Frimmer Yidden *3, they chap *4  the matsiv*5 

in everything, that in this life, we’re just visitors here.

 

*1 Commandment

*2 Honoring parents

*3 Observant of the mitzvahs

*4 To understand

*5 The situation at hand

 

 

 

 

 

16. BEAUTIFUL SUNSHINE

   Paul Toshner

 

It's all honey in the morning 

with a little bit of toast on the side

Took a little time

אֵֽשֶׁת חַֽיִל  Aishes chayil,  

and I wake up in the morning, beautiful sunshine

I wake up in the morning all I see is You

and I wake up in the morning, beautiful sunshine

I wake up in the morning all I'd see is You

 

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day

for Thou art more beautiful 

than anything Shakespeare could say

אִשָּׁה יִרְאַת יְיָ   Isho yiras Hashem

“False is grace,   beauty is vain”

you have risen above them all the same

 

and I wake up in the morning, beautiful sunshine

I wake up in the morning all I see is You

and I wake up in the morning, beautiful sunshine

I wake up in the morning all I'd see is You

Oh and it took a little time to think it over

took a little time

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