That Time of Year

by Rick Paul

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The Day After the Day After Christmas words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul On December 26th dad walked up and down the street He always had his pick of the best Christmas tree Mom woke up and winked and drove that Chrysler to the store My sis and I'd pretend we didn't know what for See, Mom and Dad believed that good things come to those who wait So we didn't mind when Santa's sleigh arrived a little late On the day after the day after Christmas We'd thank God for the blessings in our lives Only half the lights would blink On our second hand tree But we got all the presents on our list On the day after the day after Christmas We had everything we needed, so we didn't ask for much It was always wrapped and waiting, though the times were tough It was a family tradition my friends just didn't get But they all oohed and aahed that year I got that big train set Mom found it at the toy store's after-Christmas blowout sale Dad set it up and plugged it in and we all rode the rail On the day after the day after Christmas We'd thank God for the blessings in our lives Only half the lights would blink On our second hand tree But we got all the presents on our list On the day after the day after Christmas See, Mom and Dad believed that good things come to those who wait So we didn't mind when Santa's sleigh arrived a little late On the day after the day after Christmas We'd thank God for the blessings in our lives Only half the lights would blink On our second hand tree But we got all the presents on our list On the day after the day after Christmas On the day after the day after Christmas © 2006 Michael J. Parker (BMI)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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Santa's Best 02:31
Santa's Best words and music by Rick Paul At last it's here, that time of year The whole world's filled with Christmas cheer No time for play, hitch up the sleigh There'll be no reindeer games today There's far to go, so much to do The man in red depends on you The stars invite impending flight There'll be no rest for Santa's best tonight You'll earn your keep without a peep While hopeful children soundly sleep You'll only pause for Santa Claus To leave tomorrow's oohs and ahs There's far to go and much to do But each young child depends on you With heaven's light to guide your flight There'll be no rest for Santa's best tonight When he's going down each chimney With that bag full of toys Deliverin' presents to good girls and boys Without a doubt That's what it's all about Oh, yes, it's here, that time of year The whole world's filled with Christmas cheer No time for play, hitch up the sleigh There'll be no reindeer games today So far to go, so much to do You know we all depend on you Tonight's your night, your wondrous flight There'll be no rest for Santa's best tonight There'll be no rest For Santa's best Tonight © 2001 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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Molly's Bar and Grill words and music by Vic Michener and Rick Paul It blows in the door, then it's mud on the floor Oh, the snow just fits right in With a white tree from Sears and Christmas cheer That's running kind of thin Yeah, there's mistletoe, but it's hung too low Besides, she's not here So I take a stool, pretend I'm cool Ask Molly for a beer Somewhere out there Sparkling snow makes winter glow As they ring the Christmas bells But it's just another wasted night At Molly's Bar and Grill Molly knows the score, she's heard it all before Still she lets me bend her ear While the jukebox ruins that Christmas tune We used to love to hear Me'n old Jim Beam sing a tired theme Oh, I never dreamed she'd leave Molly says, "Joe, you should let her go Come on, it's Christmas Eve" Somewhere out there Sparkling snow makes winter glow As they ring the Christmas bells But it's just another wasted night At Molly's Bar and Grill Now the credits roll on the TV show "A Wonderful Life" is done No one else is here, so I down my beer Tell Molly I gotta run Then she says, "Joe, where you gonna go? Why not stay awhile?" And suddenly, I can plainly see What's been hiding in her smile Somewhere out there Sparkling snow makes winter glow As they ring the Christmas bells And underneath these neon lights There'll be no more wasted time tonight And we'll dance away the chill At Molly's Bar and Grill Yeah, underneath these neon lights There's no more wasted time tonight As we dance away the chill At Molly's Bar and Grill © 2006 John V. Michener (SOCAN)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
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It Started in a Manger words and music by Rick Paul Walking down the downtown streets I see dancing Christmas lights And the tinsel on the Christmas trees Shimmers in the night There's a cardboard Santa advertising The sale at the corner store And the streets are trimmed in red and green With wreathes on every door But it started in a manger One cold wintry night No tinseled trees, no Santa Claus No twinkling Christmas lights And the Babe was born on a bed of hay While the ox and lamb looked on There were no presents under a tree That first cold Christmas dawn Underneath the freeway ramp A tall, dark figure stands Rubbing palms beneath his nose To try and warm his hands And though he'll have no bed tonight No gifts under a tree He knows Christmas is for him The same as you and me 'Cause it started in a manger One cold wintry night No tinseled trees, no Santa Claus No twinkling Christmas lights And the Babe was born on a bed of hay While the ox and lamb looked on There were no presents under a tree That first cold Christmas dawn © 1998 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved

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I love Christmas music, so it is a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to share these original Christmas songs with you. Thanks for listening. May the blessings of Christmas be on you and all those who have a special place in your heart during the holiday season.

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released November 21, 2006

1. The Day After the Day After Christmas
words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul
© 2006 Michael J. Parker (BMI)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved

2. Santa's Best
words and music by Rick Paul
© 2006 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved

3. Molly's Bar and Grill
words and music by Vic Michener and Rick Paul
© 2006 John V. Michener (SOCAN)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved

4. It Started in a Manger
words and music by Rick Paul
© 1998 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved

All songs produced, arranged, and performed by Rick Paul
(P) 2006 Rick Paul
All Rights Reserved

Special thanks to my co-writers, Mike Parker and Vic Michener, without whom two of the songs on this collection would not exist. Thanks to all the songwriters, musicians, and music producers who provided input on my recordings-in-progress, especially Hans Van Even, Glen Heffner, Rick Cupoli, and Fred Grittner. Thanks, too, to my MySpace friends who have given me inputs on the recordings-in-progress and cover graphics.

I love Christmas music, so it is a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to share these original Christmas songs with you. Thanks for listening. May the blessings of Christmas be on you and all those who have a special place in your heart during the holiday season. - Rick

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Rick Paul Laguna Hills, California

Rick Paul's songs combine memorable pop/rock and country melodies with mature, often thought provoking, lyrics on life and love. His singing has drawn comparisons to Dan Hill, Randy Newman, and Neil Young, while his piano playing is most frequently compared to Rick’s biggest musical influence, Elton John. Rick performs frequently in Orange County, California. ... more

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