Old City Bar by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

As we getting deeper into December you can’t help but find yourself consumed by Christmas music everywhere you go.

The radio stations, restaurants, department stores.  Sooner or later you will come across your favorite.  Maybe you get really into it and blast Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” all year long?  Maybe it drives your nuts?

What’s your favorite holiday song?

Mine is fairly unknown.  Old City Bar by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  “TSO” has become wildly popular in the last decade.  Even if you don’t know the bands name, I’m sure you have heard their Progressive metal / hard rock versions of classic holiday ballads on the radio at one point or another.

But their simple acoustic guitar track, Old City Bar off their 1996 Album, Christmas Eve and Other Stories, totally captures what this holiday should be all about.

This song tells the story of an city bar on Christmas Eve where an indifferent, bartender is moved to empty the til to help a stranded girl fly home to see her family for the holiday and how it changes him and those their to witness it.

Take the time to help a neighbor, or even a stranger this holiday season.  Enjoy.

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In an old city bar
That’s never too far
From the places that gather
The dreams that have been
In the safety of night
With it’s old neon light
It beckons to strangers
And they always come in
And the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
The music was low
And the night, Christmas Eve
And here was the danger
Even with strangers
Inside of this night,
It’s easier to believe
Then the door opened wide
And a child came inside
That no one in the bar
Had seen there before
And he asked did we know
That outside in the snow
That someone was lost
Standing outside our door
Then the bartender gazed
Through the smoke and the haze
Through the window and ice
To the corner street light
Where standing alone
By a broken pay phone
Was a girl the child said
Could no longer get home
And the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
The bartender turned
And said “Not that I care
But how would you know this?”
The child said “I’ve noticed
If one could be home,
They’d be already there”
Then the bartender came out
From behind the bar
And in all of his life
He was never that far
And he did something else
That he thought no one saw
When he took all the cash
From the register draw
Then he followed the child
To the girl across the street
And we watched from the bar
As they started to speak
Then he called for a cab
Then he said “JFK”
Put the girl in the cab
Then the cab drove away
And we saw in his hand
That the cash was all gone
From the light that she had wished upon
If you want to arrange it
This world, you can change it
If we could somehow
Make this Christmas thing last
By helping a neighbor
Or even a stranger
To know who needs help,
You need only just ask
Then he looked for the child
But the child wasn’t there
Just the wind and the snow
Waltzing dreams through the air
So he walked back inside
Somehow different I think
For the rest of the night
No one paid for a drink
And the cynics will say
That some neighborhood kid
Wandered in on some bums
In the world where they hid
But they weren’t there
So they couldn’t see
By an old neon star
On the night Christmas Eve
When the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
In case you should wonder,
In case you should care
Why we on our own
Never went home
On that night of all nights,
We were already there

 

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Author: billshappinessproject

I was near the end of 2016 when I realized that my life was totally out of balance. I was 30 and I was working my life away. I did not have strong relationships with my wife, family, or friends. It was around this time that I came across THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. It was then that I decided to launch my own year long project towards personal happiness for the entire year of 2017.

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