That Time of Year

by Rick Paul

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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)
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2. Santa's Best
words and music by Rick Paul
© 2006 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
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3. Molly's Bar and Grill
words and music by Vic Michener and Rick Paul
© 2006 John V. Michener (SOCAN)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
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4. It Started in a Manger
words and music by Rick Paul
© 1998 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
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All songs produced, arranged, and performed by Rick Paul
(P) 2006 Rick Paul
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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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Track Name: The Day After the Day After Christmas
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
Track Name: Santa's Best
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)
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Track Name: Molly's Bar and Grill
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)
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Track Name: It Started in a Manger
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