The Music of Paul Voudouris

Renaissance (Adult Contemporary Pop)

This is the latest recording by Paul and was funded entirely by patrons. As always, there are wonderful lyrics, interesting chord changes, and wonderful production and musicianship.

Track Listing

01 Be Who You Are



Why use the latest fashion if it's not what you'd wear
Pretending it's your passion when nothing's really there
To mimic Mary's hairstyle and long for Jimmy's jeans
Condemns you to an exile from all your hopes and dreams
Inside you'll find all that you need
Be who you are
There's no one like who you are
Be who you are, 'cause everybody else is already taken
Gianfranco wants his sandals and bags by Louis V.
Generic is a scandal for those who must be seen
Inside you'll find all that you need
Be who you are
There's no one like who you are, near or far
So don't be mistaken
Thinking that who you are is anyone but a star
Be who you are, 'cause everybody else is already taken
External validation is an empty sensation
A weak approximation of real gratification
Inside you'll find all that you need
Be who you are
There's no one like who you are, near or far
So don't be mistaken
Thinking that who you are is anyone but a star
Be who you are, 'cause everybody else is already taken
"Cause everybody else is already taken
External validation is an empty sensation
A weak approximation of real gratification

02 There's Only Love In Love

“There’s Only Love In Love” I said some things I wish I hadn’t And did so many deeds I now regret So if I caused you any sadness or planted seeds of discontent Please forgive me, ‘cause everything I did, I did for love At times the child needs understanding A bit of tenderness to heal He’s been frightened and isn't really sure what to feel There’s only love in love, even when it feels like pain and anger in a moment There’s only love in love It’s only love And in the end we’re all reflections I don't always like the ones I see It’s easier to judge projections But I know that it all comes down to me Just remember that who I am, and I become, is love There’s only love in love Even when it feels like pain and anger in a moment There’s only love in love It’s only love

03 I Feel Nothing



You fall off your bicycle; my heart is like an icicle
I feel nothing, nothing
I drink way too much at night and shrink when I should stand and fight
But I feel nothing, nothing
I feel nothing, no, nothing
I don't cry or say sad good-byes; I don't sigh when someone close has died
I feel nothing, nothing
I feel nothing, no, nothing
This me without sensation is free from aggravation and pain and hate and love
Ow! Ow!
I don't hear the cries of suffering; I don't fear what all this numbness means
I feel nothing, nothing
I feel nothing, no, nothing
I feel nothing, nothing
I feel nothing, no thing

04 No Place But Here



There's no place but this, so why say "what if"
The moments of bliss are the life we're living
There's no place that I would rather be
The grass is green right where I stand
I don't need to sail the seven seas or dream of me in distant lands
I don't care what might be there
All I know is there's no place but here, no time but now
The world that appears, is my within, without
There's no place but this, so why say "what if"
The moments of bliss are the life we're living
So much time is spent remembering or lost in thoughts of days to come
Here and now I've got so many things
A simple rhyme and tune to hum
I'm okay with things this way
And so I sing, there's no place but here, no time but now
The world that appears, is our within, without
There's no place but this, so why say "what if"
The moments of bliss are the life we're living
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There's no place but here, no time but now
The world that appears, as within, without
There's no place but this, so why say "what if"
The moments of bliss are the life we're living
There's no place but here, no time but now
The world that appears is our within without…

05 Two Inches



Momma hit Daddy, Daddy hit me, I was as unhappy as a boy could be
Momma had lovers, Daddy had drinks, here I am revealing to an uptown shrink
School was just painful, lovers were nil, I was ever needy, ever unfulfilled
Taunted as tiny; pudgy and dumb, not a contender, barely fit for clubs
And all the while I've been so sad and lonely
Internet surfing, chatting online, I discovered how to be the Love-God kind
Hurray for the science, and all that it's done
See me with the rifle that replaced my gun
And all the while I've been so sad and lonely
I grew two inches and I'm loving it, yeah, I'm loving it, I'm so handsome
No more girls will be ignoring me; they'll stare adoringly, and see the big man I've become
Yeah, I'm a Casanova with my sexy ways
Bigger is better!
The method I chose?
I did the things I had to do to make me grow
And all the while I've been so sad and lonely
I grew two inches and I'm loving it, yeah, I'm loving it, I'm so handsome
No more girls will be ignoring me; they'll stare adoringly, and see the big man I've become
I grew two inches; now I'm supersize,
Open up your eyes, behold my manhood
No more jokes and no more ridicule, I'm so cool
Each extra inch makes me feel good
So tell me, doctor, what am I to do?
Is this improper, or am I a happenin' dude?
And all the while I've been so sad and lonely
I grew two inches and I'm loving it, yeah, I'm loving it, I'm so handsome
No more girls will be ignoring me; they'll stare adoringly, and see the big man I've become
I grew two inches; now I'm supersize,
Open up your eyes, behold my manhood
No more jokes and no more ridicule, I'm so cool
Each extra inch makes me feel good

06 It Is What It Is



I tried to change your ways
To make you, me, and see what I see
We died a bit each day when jealousies made strategies
Our fears wanted control and all the love we'd known disappeared
It is what it is, no use to resist
You are who you are, I am who I am
We wished that we could be as we had dreamed
And yet it seemed that it all fell apart
And our hungry hearts were not appeased
It is what it is, no use to resist
You are who you are, I am who I am
That's the way it is, my friend
It is what it is
It's just an ego thing that won't let our spirits sing
If we would learn to just let go then we'd live in love
It is what it is, no use to resist
You are who you are, I am who I am
That's the way it is
All as it should be
What will be, will be
That's the way it is, my friend
It is what it is

07 Oh God!



Hello, God, I hope that you won't mind the things I say
"Hell", oh God, what's with that, and thoughts like Judgment Day?
How about forgiving, where You're the road for wayward souls to find their way home?
Tell me, God; are You angry when we don't do Your will?
That seems odd. Must we be good for You to be fulfilled?
The perfect father would never sacrifice his son to pay for our "sins"
Barbaric myths, mumbo jumbo rites and claims
Oh, God
Dear God
I'm not flawed; I'm just the human product that You made
Gracious God, if I'm not Christian will You feel betrayed?
Who saves the savages, or those who don't believe in afterlives of bliss?
Pedophile preachers pander Heaven in Your name
Oh, God, If You, indeed, exist, I ask that you improve on this
Dear God, corrections here and there would be most welcome everywhere
What of the faithful who suffer in pain?
Are their prayers answered or do they wait in vain?
I say that heaven is ours to make, for goodness sake!
Kyrie, Kyrie Eleison
It's hard conceiving of a gated paradise whose bouncer checks guest lists
Dramatic fiction, balm for ignorance and fear
Spiritual junk food, not unlike drugs and beer
Oh, God, If you, indeed, exist, I ask that you improve on this
Dear God, corrections here and there would be most welcome everywhere
Kyrie, Kyrie Eleison

08 Let's Be Friends

 “Let’s Be Friends” You think I wronged you, I feel you did the same, to me Two visions of truth with no agreement in-between We’re so busy speaking but no one’s ever listening So, what will we do? Is this worth losing everything? Where’s the love we once swore, where’s the truth and open doors? Let’s be friends, give our hearts a brand new start And make amends, say, “Whatever may come, we’ll be friends” Remember way back when you and I were two as one? Forever laughter, never a cloud to shade our sun Where’s the love we once swore, where’s the truth and open doors? Let’s be friends, give our hearts a brand new start And make amends, say, “Whatever may come…” The anger ends and in it’s place a loving space Yeah, let’s be friends, say, “Whatever may come, we’ll be friends” So why do we argue over such stupid little things? Let’s say we’re sorry, and see what true forgiveness brings Where’s the love we once swore, where’s the truth and open doors? Let’s be friends, give our hearts a brand new start And make amends, say, “Whatever may come…” The anger ends and in it’s place a loving space Yeah, let’s be friends, say, “Whatever may come, No matter who we become, yeah, we’ll be friends.” We’ll be friends…

09 Your Wish Is Your Command



Your wish is your command; your life is in your hands
If you conceive it, you can achieve it
Your every dream comes true if you believe in you
If you could see it, then you would be it

Like magic, all appears when intention's strong and clear
Your wish is your command; your life is in your hands
If you conceive it, you can achieve it
Your every dream comes true if you believe in you
If you could see it, then you would be it

Like magic, all appears when intention's strong and clear
Your wish is your command; your life is in your hands
If you believe it

10 My Little Girl

 “My Little Girl” My little girl, beautiful baby The child that heaven sent from up, above So innocent, I think that maybe this is what is meant by feeling higher love She cries, I’m there, to hold her right and run my fingers through her hair She’s golden light that lingers in the air She’s love, she’s life My little girl, now adolescent Discovering the world with opened eyes I want her safe; to preserve her essence And show her truth will always vanquish petty lies Her eyes, her smile, the way she floats into a room with grace and style My heart will race whenever she’s around Our souls are bound My little girl My little girl is now a lady Married and with children of her own She’ll always be my beautiful baby The greatest gift that I have ever known My Little Girl

11 Goodbye copy

 “Goodbye” I just want to hold you tight, and whisper things you probably know What I’d give for one more night, but now it's time for letting go I find it hard to hold back tears; words don’t say the things I feel When did moments turn to years, how and when will this heart heal You’ve always been a part of me Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye Heartfelt memories are what you’ll leave behind Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye Close your eyes, dear one, I hope it’s peace and love you’ll find I never thought about this day, what it means to shed the shell Softly, as you slip away, I kiss your lips and wish you well You’ve always been a part of me Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye Heartfelt memories are what you leave behind Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye Fare-thee-well, dear one, I hope it’s peace and love you’ll find You’ll never be apart from me, I know Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye Heartfelt memories are what you’ve left behind Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye Spirit never dies; it’s only redefined Goodbye, goodbye Heartfelt memories are what you’ve left behind Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye Paradise, dear one, it’s peace and love we find

12 I'm Sorry, Forgive Me, I Love You

Temporary artwork for Renaissance by Paul Voudouris