Paul Idstein

Paul Idstein

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Paul Idstein writes his songs from the heart. Whether it be a challenging commentary, a sensitive insight, or perhaps a light-hearted look at past and present times and issues. His music is uncomplicated; his lyrics are powerful and clear.

Biography

Born and bred in Sydney, Australia.
I grew up without a father and became wild and reckless for about 15 years.
You name it . . . I tried it . . . and much too often !?
The fact that I am still alive is a miracle in itself!
I am now married with a lovely wife and four great kids.
We now live on the Gold Coast in Queensland, where I work as a high-school social studies teacher.
This diverse background has helped me to perceive and express depths of emotions and take various angles on all sorts of issues and events.
I am inspired by any songwriter who is bold enough to expresses their honest and true feelings.
I would like to think that all listeners should be able to connect with, and be moved by, at least one of my songs.

Lyrics

Father's Day

Written By: Paul Idstein

Verse 1:
I never knew my father that well,
He left home when I was twelve.
I didn’t think he loved me that much,
He never bothered to stay in touch.
I seemed to share his apathy,
And didn’t care about family.

Chorus 1:
Father’s Day . . . . was just another day,
no cards, no way . . . . nothing much to say.

Verse 2
Then one day God changed my life,
and soon I’d met my lovely wife.
We had children, all beautiful,
each birth a miracle.
Said their eyes, deepest of blue,
I’m from God with Love, to you.

Chorus 2
Father’s Day – is now thanksgiving day,
for the miracles that came our way.

Bridge 1:
O Heavenly Father – how I thank you,
for my Father’s day.

Verse 3
Yes, each birth brought me to tears,
yet, are more precious through the years.
Now I love to watch them grow.
and to share their highs and lows.
Well, I’ve been blessed so lavishly,
with my treasure . . my family.

Ch 3
On my knees . . . now I pray,
Thank you God, for Father’s Day.

Coda:
1. O Heavenly Father – how I thank you, for my Father’s day (twice).
2. O Heavenly Father – we all thank you, for our Father’s day (repeat).

Booming Anthem

Written By: Paul Idstein

V1, Br, Ch . . . V2, Br, Ch . . .
V3, Br, Ch.

Verse 1:
Born in the fifties and sixties,
home a modest bungalow.
We grew up in the suburbs,
where there was lots of room to grow.
The world became more colourful, for psychodelic teens.
Only wanted love and peace,
and wearing our blue jeans.

Bridge:
Our booming generation,
a cultural sensation.
Our booming generation,
a global revelation.

Chorus:
Boom – Boom . . . Baby Boomer . . .
Baby . . . Boom - Boom.
Boom – Boom . . . Baby Boomer . . .
Baby . . . Boom - Boom.
Lifted the world from decades of gloom.
There’s over 40 (60, 80) million of us,
better make room.
Boom – Boom . . . Baby Boomer . . .
Baby . . . Boom - Boom.
Boom – Boom . . . Baby Boomer . . .
Baby . . . Boom - Boom.

Verse 2:
The seventies then signalled,
a new exciting stage.
Classic styles and music;
the information age.
We didn’t seem to worry,
no we didn’t seem to care.
Everybody was grooving,
in platform shoes and flares.

Bridge then Chorus.

Verse 3:
The time then came to settle,
and raise new families.
A whole new generation,
of precious memories.
Some are now retiring,
and should feel satisfied.
Their booming contributions,
will never be denied.

Bridge then Chorus.

Make a Choice

Written By: Paul Idstein

Verse 1
There comes a time in your life,
when you get sick and tired, of trouble and strife.
Sensations lose their appeal,
your head feels, like a spinning wheel.

Chorus
You look around, you look inside,
A light is shining on the things you’re trying to hide.
You feel a call, you hear a voice,
saying stand or fall, it’s your choice.

Verse 2
Sometimes you ask, why you are here,
you look forward, to the future with fear.
Feeling lost, nowhere to go,
You just don’t know, what road to follow.

Bridge 1:
Oh, something’s missing in your life,
You’re out there searching in the night.

Chorus
You look around, you look inside,
A light is shining on the things you’re trying to hide.
You feel a call, you hear a voice,
saying stand or fall, it’s your choice.

Echo: You feel a call . . . . you hear a voice.

Instrumental break

Verse 3
Your role in life, must be explored,
and the facts of your life, cannot be ignored.
Jesus changed all history,
He set you free, when He rose to victory.

Bridge 1:
Jesus has you in His sight.
He’ll turn your darkness into light.

Chorus
So look around, and look inside,
His light is shining on the things you’re trying to hide.
You feel His call, you hear His voice,
saying stand or fall, it’s your choice.

Echo: You hear His voice . . . . make Him your choice. (x3)

Sirens (Plea for the Poor)

Written By: Paul Idstein

Intro Verse:
Take a look at this beautiful baby,
for food and water he cries.
Proud mum hugs her beautiful baby,
Tenderly she closes his eyes,
As he screams out in hunger . . . and dies . . .

Verse 1
1 billion people never have enough to eat,
- do you really care?
Yet 1 billion others have become obese
– do you think it’s fair?
3 billion people live their life in poverty
– do you really care?
The rest of us are living lives of luxury
– do you think it’s fair?
Hands up all those who care.

Chorus:
Can’t you hear the sirens,
Can’t you hear them wail.
It’s the sound of misery;
it’s on a global scale.
Can’t you hear them screaming, don’t you understand.
It’s a sin to ignore them,
don’t you know it’s God’s command.
We’re a global family.

Bridge:
Who do we think we are?
Shooting billions of dollars into space and to war.
Who do we think we are?
Yet we can’t even feed, or clothe and shelter the poor.
Who do we think we are?
We’re a global family.

Verse 2
400 million children have no fresh water,
and no health care.
600 million children without any shelter,
all they have is air.
500 million children have no sanitation,
disease is everywhere.
See and hear their desperation, but do you really care?
Hands up all those who care.

Chorus:
Can’t you hear the sirens,
Can’t you hear them wail.
It’s the sound of misery;
it’s on a global scale.
Can’t you hear them screaming, don’t you understand.
It’s a sin to ignore them,
don’t you know it’s God’s command.
We’re a global family.

Bridge:
Who do we think we are?
Shooting billions of dollars into space and to war.
Who do we think we are?
Yet we can’t even feed, or clothe and shelter the poor.
Who do we think we are?
We’re a global family.

Closing Verse:
Take a look at this beautiful baby,
see his healthy big eyes.
Proud mum holds her beautiful baby,
joyfully up to the skies.
Oh what a wonderful surprise.

Young at Heart

Written By: Paul Idstein

Verse 1:

He’s as playful as a 10-year-old boy,
Takes the last word just like a teen.
Always wants to try the latest new toy,
He’s young at heart, he still likes to dream.

Chorus:

Still the same person,
still the same man,
His heart’s on fire from that same inner flame.
Has the same desires and the same dreams,
He’s still the same person,
he still feels the same.

Verse 2:

Worked at the company for twenty years,
learned all their new technology.
But one sad day confirms his darkest fears,
They make him take their redundancy.

Bridge

Suddenly he slips into
the dream of the day;
Back over hills, and back far away.
Recollects achievements; and recalls success.
Such precious memories help serve him the best.

Because he's . . .

Chorus

Verse 3:

But he’s as proud as any regular man,
he needs a healthy self-esteem.
Though he’s now older, he’ll do all that he can,
To show the world he is no has-been.

Bridge then Chorus ( x 2 )

Make a Good Choice

Written By: Paul Idstein

Good Choice
Verse 1
There comes a time in your life,
when you get sick and tired, of trouble and strife.
Sensations lose their appeal,
your head feels, like a speeding wheel.

Chorus
You look around, you look inside,
A light is shining on the things you’re trying to hide.
You feel a call, you hear a voice,
saying stand or fall, it’s your choice.

Verse 2
Sometimes you ask, why you are here,
you look forward, to the future with fear.
Feeling lost, nowhere to go,
You just don’t know, what road to follow.

Bridge 1:
Oh, something’s missing in your life,
You’re out there searching in the night.

Chorus
You look around, you look inside,
A light is shining on the things you’re trying to hide.
You feel a call, you hear a voice,
saying stand or fall, it’s your choice.

Echo: You feel a call . . . . you hear a voice.

Instrumental break

Verse 3
Your role in life, must be explored,
and the facts of your life, cannot be ignored.
You can help shape history,
Just by trying to be, the best you can be.
Bridge 1:
Give new meaning to your life,
And turn your darkness into light.
Chorus (v3)
So look around, and look outside,
Shine your light on the world – and shine it bright.
Answer the call, answer the voice,
Take a stand, walk tall, make a choice.

Echo: You hear a voice . . . . make a good choice. (x3)

The Christmas Present

Written By: Paul Idstein

THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT
v1, v2, PC, Ch, v3, PC, Ch,
Verse 1:
I found a gift right under the tree,
A precious gift’s been given to me.
Can’t wait to open it and see,
Why don’t you come, and share it with me.
Verse 2:
Look, it’s a book, with words of gold,
“The Greatest Story Ever Told”.
Tells of a Baby born one day,
who came to take our sins away.
Pre Chorus:
It’s the story, of love and glory, the greatest victory.
Chorus:
I received a present, from underneath the tree,
A special Christmas present, that God has given me.
Good news that Jesus came to set me free,
And I can live in heaven for all eternity.

Verse 3:
Peel back the holy pages and read,
more of this wonderful mystery.
A Prince who died but rose a King,
let’s now rejoice with angels and sing.
Pre Chorus:
It’s the story, of love and glory, the greatest victory.
Chorus: x2 ?
I received a present, from underneath the tree,
A special Christmas present, that God has given me.
Good news that Jesus came to set me free,
And I can live in heaven for all eternity . . . for all eternity.