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I was hoping to write another song before the year ended, but I was pretty busy having a great time with family and friends. So here’s a song for the new year. However last year was, or however this year is starting out, insert some motivational phrase here.

hey here we are, starting another year
and people try to decide what it will be like
but even if you say good riddance
even if you’re glad to see it go
it’s just another measurement

so hey, let’s start again
you could say it’s another chance
but we have those everyday
you get a million everyday

hey here we are, remembering another date
and we think of who has left and who we will meet
and even if you say farewell
or even if you say hello
it’s another someone that you know

hey here we are, proving ourselves right
and looking with wonder at a world we thought
we knew so well
and even if you’re in the same place
even if you’re somewhere new
it’s a great big world of possibilities

Carrie and I just got back from our first Christmas in New Mexico since we moved to Las Vegas in 2007. We saw her family and mine and had a fun time. I met my new niece, Rayna, and she is just fantastic. She’s 6ish weeks old, has big eyes, and moves around a lot while she’s dreaming. I’m hoping she will learn the drums soon and join the band.

Nan is Carrie’s grandma, and she asked me to write a song about Christmas in her garage; she sets up tables and chairs for a big family meal every Christmas Eve. I didn’t get a whole lot written, but I’m thinking I might expand it before next Christmas. (We did improvise a little when I played it in the garage.) This take is from a portable recorder Carrie got me, just to test out the sound. And I like it. Be on the lookout for some RB live albums in the near future.

we’re gonna have a lot of fun
christmas eve at nan’s
we’re gonna get a lot of visiting done
christmas eve at nan’s

we will see some family, we will have some treats
and it will be a long long drive but it will be sweet
to spend christmas eve at nan’s

we’re gonna have a lot of fun
christmas in nan’s garage
we’re gonna get a lot of visiting done
christmas in nan’s garage

It may be that I write too many songs about the weather. But they can’t all be love songs, and rain is an uncommon thing here. (Well, I guess they could all be love songs; there’s no rule.) I sat down and finished this in one take; you can probably tell, but it’s nice when that happens.

Also, I realized there are only ten more songs left in this project. It doesn’t feel like I’ve written that many; I keep expecting to find out I accidentally skipped ahead twenty or thirty songs.

every time it gets just a little bit cloudy
i wish for it to rain
long enough to make up for the sun
drying up everything

every time i feel just a little bit of sadness
i wish for it to go
send it miles away, get it out of my mind
and keep it out of my bones

we all have our interests, we all hold our thoughts
to be self-evident
and as the time goes by, and the years
we remember these things and decide what they meant

every time it rains it feels like things have changed just a little bit

When Carrie heard this, she asked if I wrote it in response to that Gayla Peevey song, “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.” I had remembered there was an old song about getting a wild animal for Christmas, but I didn’t want to look it up and be influenced by it.

well it’s christmas eve, you’re looking under the tree
for that something special from me
you’re trying to be sneaky, but i am sneaky too
and that is how i snuck up on you
but you won’t find your present here, and i just have to laugh
because on christmas morning, i’ll take you out front
and show you your christmas giraffe

i got you a giraffe for christmas, just like you always wanted
i know what to feed it, we have a place to keep it
so i got you a giraffe for christmas

we’ll it’s christmas morn, you’re looking pretty sad
i made you breakfast but i still feel bad
i tried to surprise you, but i made you cry
let’s go out front, just cover up your eyes
’cause you won’t find your present here and i just feel so bad
but it’s not a car, and it’s not a truck
why, look! it’s your christmas giraffe

i got you a giraffe for christmas, just like you always wanted
i know what to feed it, we have a place to keep it
so i got you a giraffe for christmas

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