"Old City Bar" as written by and Paul F. O'neill....
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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"Old City Bar" as written by Paul F. O'neill Paul O'neill

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    General CommentThis is a great song. It really epitomizes what Christmas should be all about.
    Zughiaqon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenttotally agree, this is what Christmas is all about
    mesinger412on November 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"If you want to arrange it
    This world you can change it
    If we could somehow make this
    Christmas thing last"

    This is the best verse. It's all about helping each other when we need it most. Who cares about the religion or commercial aspects of Christmas? Those things may matter to some, but in reality, all that matters is the charity. It seems that Christmas is the only time of year that everyone gathers together for the goodness of mankind, and it's a shame that it doesn't last longer than just that wintery season.
    arejay4on November 06, 2009   Link

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