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Paradise Oskar

Paradise Oskar is a mask, behind which we find the 20-year-old singer/songwriter Axel Ehnström from Helsinki.

Axel couldn’t sing before he learned to walk and he wasn’t a five-year old Mozart

reciter, but he has always been willing to learn things. This characteristic landed him

to study music at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki last autumn.


Axel already took an interest to music when he entered school and soon his own melodies

were ringing in his head. Songwriting was more and more prominent in Axel’s life

and he wanted to bring his songs for others to hear. But first he had to get a stage name.

He found that in Astrid Lindgren’s fairytale – an old vagabond, who made his living

playing the accordion.


Last summer during improvisation, he quickly came up with a melody and wrote the partly

sarcastic lyrics about people’s indifference.  He decided to send his shoebox budgeted demo 

to the Finnish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. His only wish was to get feedback from his music.


A few weeks later the Finnish Broadcasting Company contacted him, but the e-mail was

a total surprise to Axel.  The jury had picked Da Da Dam straight to the

Finnish final!


After his initial bewilderment, Alex started to put the finishing touch to the song.

The well-known composer/arranger/producer guru Leri Leskinen came to his assistance.

Da Da Dam was first performed publicly at the end of November and started to conquer

the masses.


Paradise Oskar’s first performance on a live TV broadcast in January paved the way; he won

his qualification round and got more and more fans.


Before the final qualification, even the status of a favourite didn’t make this young man nervous. 

Paradise Oskar sang his way irresistibly and irrevocably to the hearts of the Finns. In the final of 

the Finnish national final, Da Da Dam scored almost fifty per cent of all the phone

and text message votes.

Lyrics of Da Da Dam

Peter is smart,
he knows each European country by heart.
He likes to sit under an apple tree on his yard
and wait for an apple to fall.

When Peter is nine
his teacher tells him that this planet is dying,
that someone needs to put an end to it all
and so when Peter comes home
he tells his mom:

I'm going out in the world
to save our planet.
And I ain't coming back
until she's saved.
I'll walk my way to see
the King and parliament.
If they don't help
I'll do it by myself.
I don't wanna be
Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da

Peter is young,
he tries to talk
but no one listens to him.
Everybody's busy living and dying,
not thinking about what they're doing.

But look at the boy who
went out in the world
to save our planet.
And he ain't coming back
until she's saved.
He walked his way to see
the King and parliament.
But they all turned their heads
and walked away
singin'
Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da
Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da

And now I'm going out in the world
to save our planet.
And I ain't coming back
until she's saved.
I'm walking in the footsteps
that young Peter made.
And everybody is welcome to join,
and sing with me:
Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da
Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da

Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da da dam
Peter est intelligent,
il connaît chaque pays européen par cœur.
Il aime s'asseoir sous un pommier dans le jardin
et attendre tomber une pomme .

Quand Peter a neuf ans,
son instituteur lui dit que cette planète va se mourir,
et que quelqu'un devrait mettre fin à tout cela.
Et voilà, quand Peter rentre à la maison
il dit à sa mère:

”Je vais aller dans le monde
pour sauver notre planète.
Et je ne reviendrai
avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée.
J’y vais à pied pour le dire
au Roi et au Parlement.
S’ils ne viendront pas en aide,
je la saverai moi-même.
Je ne veux pas devenir :
Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da ”

Peter est jeune,
Il essaie de parler au monde,
mais personne ne l'écoute.
Tout le monde est occupé à vivre et à mourir,
à ne pas penser à ce qu’on fait.

Regardez bien le garçon,
qui est sorti dans le monde
pour sauver notre planète.
Il ne reviendra
avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée.
Il y va à pied pour le dire
au Roi et au Parlement..
Mais ils ont tous tourné la tête,
et se sont éloignés de lui,
en chantant :
Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da
Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da

Et maintenant, je vais aller dans le monde
pour sauver notre planète.
Et je ne reviendrai
avant qu'elle ne soit sauvée.
Je veux suivre le chemin
que le jeune Peter a frayé.
Tous sont les bienvenus à me rejoindre
et à chanter avec moi :
Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da
Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da

Da da dam, da da dam
da da da da da da da da dam