Saturday, December 24, 2011

Old City Bar

I’ve loved the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for years and have listened to their Christmas Eve and Other Stories CD every Christmas season for many years. For some reason today on my way home from visiting with my step-father in North Carolina, this song really touched me like it never had before – maybe I was paying closer attention to the words or maybe because it's Christmas Eve. Please enjoy this performance by  Bart Shatto here .  The words are below. He may be a little out there but his voice is wonderful!

In an old city bar
That is never too far
From the places that gather
The dreams that have been

In the safety of night
With its 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
That 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 a 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 drawer

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 and he said J.F.K.
Put the girl in the cab and 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
And 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 that night, Christmas Eve

When the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
And in case you should wonder
In case you should care

Why we’re on our own
Never went home
On that night of all nights
We were already there

Then all at once inside that night
He saw it all so clear
The answer that he sought so long
Had always been so near

It’s every gift that someone gives
Expecting nothing back
It’s every kindness that we do
Each simple little act


  1. Jill this is a wonderful post. I loved listening to this. Now I want the CD. haha
    Wanted to come by and wish you a very Happy New Year.

  2. Jill, this is beautiful and thanks for posting. I love their music as well but don't think I've heard this song. God bless you for your kindness to me this past long while; God bless you.

  3. Love the post!loveeeee it!!! Jill Happy New Year!

    Mua y abrazitos!


  4. I really enjoyed this, Jill.
    Thanks for stopping by my place tonight. Come back soon....:)

  5. Well, better late than never, Jill!! LOL Thanks for coming by my way and leaving a comment. I love the Trans Siberian Orch. We went to see them many years ago here in El Paso...only a few people had heard of them, so the venue was quite limited to attendees..they put on one helluva show, though. Now, they're ticket prices are just a tad more than we can afford, but I'm very grateful I had an opportunity to see them in concert. I love that song too. I always play their CD's around that time year, while I'm in the studio or baking in my kitchen...adds a whole new perspective as to what you're doing and why. I too especially love this song and it also chokes me up when I listen to it. I know this sounds very strange, but then I can just feel your eyes rolling back to your head, "Georgina, strange???" LOL We spend Christmas Eve with my mother and when we catch I-10 to come back home, there's this strip joint right before the entrance ramp and I always feel so sorry for the dancers and the guys that are there late into the night on Christmas Eve....since most of the time I call out "losers" when I pass the place!! LOL How sad that that's the only place they feel "at home." OY!!

    Ok, I think I've said enough!! LOL Hope you had a great Christmas and you're back on track with all that is life. Didn't make your banana nut bread last year, but I'm already mashing and freezing 'nanners to make some more it!!


  6. Oh I adore TSO too!

    Thank you SO very much for your prayers my friend.

    I'd love for you to pop by for a visit. I am hosting a $50 Kirklands Giftcard Giveaway.


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