Old City Bar Lyrics - Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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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
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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 streetlight

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 all ready 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 cross 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

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Lyrics? No,brilliant poetry instead. | Reviewer: WSM | 11/9/13

We've 'experienced' TSO for years. It's an experience, far more than a concert. To totally get the concert, you must go to their web site and read the lyrics. Strongly suggest 'Christmas Eve and Other Stories". I'll follow them anywhere. Their Beethoven music plus lyrics and light shown is stunning, brilliant & unforgettable. We saw them in Richmond when they had a 3-way cat walk suspended from the ceiling. We'll travel to North Carolina this year.

TSO | Reviewer: Sonvya | 12/20/12

Will be seeing them Sunday in Dallas, hope they play this, if not that is ok...this has been on my bucket list for years and my husband is making it come true for my christmas present, best one ever!!!

Great song but disappointed that they didn't play in Greensboro NC today | Reviewer: Jerry Scott | 12/2/12

This is my wife's favorite TSO song. We saw them today in Greensboro NC and was disappointed they didn't play it. Nonetheless, this year's show is better than 2011 by far and it was great. I agree with earlier post about bucket list; we are going to make this annual Christmas tradition in Scott household.

True and touching | Reviewer: Nicole | 11/21/11

This song is very touching. I saw the title and thought, meh... But the song, the lyrics, the music! You really can't judge a book by the cover. I have this song in my head all year round. Christmas is about helping others. That's what give one the nice, good, warm feeling. "To know who needs help, you need only just ask!"

Powerful. | Reviewer: DJ | 12/20/10

The fact that this song in itself is slightly grisly and about normal people in a setting one never really thinks about makes this song stand out from the beginning.
And then as you listen to it, it becomes clear that it is about the true miracle of the season: the kindness of strangers. It gives you hope and touches/impacts you in a way no other christmas song can do.
I challenge anyone who listens to this song to do better than the bartender this Christmas season, or at least give a helping hand to a stranger.

Truly Captures Christmas | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/1/10

THe lyrics, the music, the notes- its perfect. TSO captures the true meaning of Christmas. I tear when I hear this song- or any of their songs. The all touch me deeply. Christmas is ny time of the year- and this song describes it exactly :)

Christopher | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/4/10

A very touching song.

Many would say TSO live is a bucket list 'must see'.

Just an engrossing experience. Read the words; listen to the music. As a fan, I've got them on daily from Nov. 1. Then again in July. Gotta 'make this Christmas thing last.'

I hope you enjoy the music and their show.

Haunting, inspirational, sad. All at once. | Reviewer: Pam | 12/13/09

I love TSO, my husband says they are "over- produced" . I'm right, he's wrong, this is a sad but hopefully song that pulls my heartstrings. And I thought nothing could melt this grinches icy heart.
I have seen TSO live, a must do if you like them. A +++++

>>> BEST SONG EVER | Reviewer: Jose | 6/13/07

... in today's times when we do not take the time to count our blessings, this song brings the best of humanity to light.

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