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1. THE VISITORS - interlude

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. IT’S EASY NOW

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

 

 

 

 

 

3. YOU MAKE ME ROCK N’ ROLL​

  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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. BURNED

Paul Toshner

Dd   F   F#  

Take me away for days on end

take me out of myself

Take me away I pray this will end 

can’t say I’m myself

Nothing I’ve told you was written down, 

still doesn’t mean I’ve come around 

I’m still the same as I used to be, 

If I could only hear your hope and faith in me

it makes me try, 

but then I don’t know why, 

I’d say I do

Oh, I’m sure it pleases you

hold me closer to your ideal

tell me how it feels

hold me closer, hi, so hi...

and then we say goodbye.

 

When things get a little tight 

I never said I could should

I never said I should

I only said I would

tell you “let me go away” 

tell me you’d rather I stay

One more try, one more faith

one more heart in it, one more gate

one more lesson in what I always learn

stand apart and get burned

 

If numbers are what are strong 

Bo you belong, heart beats!?

Doubt reins hi when tears fall for nothing

 

 

 

 

20. IT AIN’T EASY

Paul Toshner

it ain’t easy being green

it ain’t easy being seen

it ain’t easy being colour blind

it ain’t easy beein too kind

so I wont be too kind

 

it ain’t easy being over done

it ain’t easy being undersold

it ain’t easy being left out 

in the cold....

it ain’t easy living for a living

but it ain’t easy dying in your 

spare time either

and it ain’t easy loving you 

coz it’s so easy loving you

it ain’t easy at all

 

it ain’t easy being part of a crowd 

that you don’t feel

it ain’t easy being part 

of something that’s 

not so real, 

not so real

not so real,  

 

it ain’t easy

coz its so easy

 

like choosing what 

you want for dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. YOUR ALURE 

Paul Toshner

C F G   Dm

I know this touches your soul

I know you want to know more about me

so here goes

I’m a little bit sore from taste

of your beauty - in my face 

how can I tell u how I feel 

when I can not think 

coz I can not see

u’r truly beautiful  - beautiful to me 

confused though yours truly 

it might take a min 

until you let me in

like I would sing in my youth 

what’s best, help me decide

plz don’t see my pride 

help me know for sure 

your allure

help me know for sure 

your allure

 

 

 

 

6. 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

 

 

 

 

7. PHENOMENAL HEART

Paul Toshner

Sometimes you look you fall 

but you find sometimes you fall 

And you don’t

 

It’s the world you put in you that you bring out, 

it’s the world without you that your in

To culminate phenomenal heart

 

“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” Yoshua Widlen

 

Sometimes you look you fall 

but you find phenomenal heart

Sometimes you fall 

And you don’t

To culminate phenomenal heart

let it out and bring it to the surface 

get it over, the surface x 

There, it’s there yeh yeh

To culminate phenomenal heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. FAREWELL TO A FEELING

Paul Toshner

 

This is a farewell to a feeling

This is a farewell to the moment

this is goodbye for now

I’m afraid that’s how it’s got to be

 

I did now sail well

I did feel the wind

I didn’t care 

if I loose or win

 

but soon I have to face

what’s waiting for me

and I really don’t want to go at all

 

This is farewell to a feeling

This is farewell to a moment

this is goodbye for now

I’m afraid that’s how it’s got to be

 

Theirs is only one place for me

as far as I can see

what will be

I’d like to be

but doesn’t seem .... yet

 

and I find myself elsewhere,

“all is fair in love and war”

 

This is farewell to a feeling

This is farewell to the moment

this is goodbye for now

I’m afraid that’s how it’s got to be

9. LOST FOR WORDS

Paul Toshner

C   F   G   F

Ab  Bb/G

 

I’m lost forwards

I’m lost forwards

I’m lost four words

I’m lost for words

 

I’m part of the hurt

I’m lost for sight

I lost foresight

 

no one can see me or you tonight

I’m lost for truth

I lost a tooth

I want to find my own proof

I’m lost for hope

it’s really a bad joke

I’m lost for a reason why I need to tug on this rope

 

I’ve been trying for so long

to get away from where 

I dont belong I’m lost forwards

 

all the people they make me feel fine

some of them make me mad 

some of them make me glad

 

and the ones that make me curse

- make me worse

but just like me, their finding some kind of time

 

I’m out of my head

spend to much time in bed

I’m out of my tree

somebody please pick me

I’m out of my gate

before it’s too late

 

Been trying for so long

to get away from where 

I dont belong I’m lost forwards

 

I’m lost for sight

no one can see me tonight

 

 

 

 

10. THE VISITORS  

Paul Toshner

Ab Cm Db x  

Bb Dm Eb Eb x

Eb Bb/D Eb/C x3 

Bb Dm Eb Eb x

D Db x2 B Bbm x3     

B Ebm E E x   

D Db x2 B Bbm x3

C Em F F

 

“I make a blessing over tea

He looks at me incredulously

I talk to him, he talks to me, 

hate to agree to disagree

I crack a joke, I force a smile, 

carry a burden mile after mile

we used to talk about....love, 

but now he says what’s it got to with

below or above” Jonathon Rosen Webb & Paul Toshner

 

In the summer my father comes south.

To visit the visitors. In the visitor’s windows

In the summer my father comes south.

To visit the visitors. In the visitor’s windows

 

The boat pushed out,

the sea was calm he let out his sails,

I held out my arms

always mindful for a storm he’d say 

“stay insightful, but keep the ship tight & warm”

In the summer my father comes south.

To visit the visitors. In the visitor’s windows

 

We see a different world 

With a very different view

We’ve only scratched the surface

When we refuse to see through

if u think you cant see-thru

 

These bitter sweet sensations 

whatever we believe

unlocking these reservations

takes a higher key

 

 

 

 

11. THE VISITORS – reprise II  Mesoud Benasully guitar

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

 

 

 

 

12. COMING HOME

   Paul Toshner

C F x    Ab   Bb   C

Cx4   Ab   Gm   Ab   Bb

D   F  x2      Ab   Bb

 

The Christmas bells are ringing now

I heard u say!

You better get it right now

And how you feel about coming home

 

Just a little smile

Just a little feeling of what you’ve been 

Missing for a while

In every song play

 

I’m coming home

I’m coming home for Christmas 

 

We light our lamps just 8 days

But ones enough

Coming home for Christmas 

 

The angels cry for what you’ve known

Just close your eyes and just let go

 

Now close the door

Turn out the light

I’ll tell you more

When I arrive tonight

I’m coming home for Christmas 

 

The atmosphere

The hands are there

So hold them out

For someone you care

And come on home for Christmas 

Come la scia di un'elica 

I’m coming home for Christmas 

You turn and see your life

 

 

 

 

 

13. BEAUTIFUL SUNSHINE  - reprise

  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

 

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

 

 

 

14. 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. AN ARTIST - prologue

   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

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