Roy Orbison - Pretty Paper Lyrics




(The pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue)

Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
Pretty pencils to write I love you
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue

Crowded street, busy feet, hustle by him
Downtown shoppers, Christmas is nigh
There he sits all alone on the sidewalk
Hoping that you won't pass him by

Should you stop? Better not, much too busy
You're in a hurry, my how time does fly
In the distance the ringing of laughter
And in the midst of the laughter he cries

Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
Pretty pencils to write I love you
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue





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  1. Peter Cunnius

    Love this guy!

  2. James 0

    They can make all the holographic videos they want but there is no comparison to the real deal when he walked out on that stage and let that velvet voice loose.MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL THOSE FANS OUT THERE. R.I.P, ROY YOU AND ELVIS WERE THE BEST. J Deuce RNR Toronto Canada

  3. Dorothy McCollum

    Beautiful song. Went to KC MO years ago to a bar night karaoke and a gentleman sounded just like Roy Orbison. Fantastic night. Merry Christmas to all.

  4. Laycee Lay

    This is definitely one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time. It really captures the spirit of giving in a way that's hard to talk about at this time of year. Tho I'm use to the randy travis version but the original is fantastic... I hope everyone is keeping warm this christmas.. <3

  5. Dave Roberts

    The Big O.

  6. Gerald Murphy

    This song is, one song you can listen over and over again. Happy Holidays.🎅🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎉🎊🎉

  7. Chris Ballard

    Merry Christmas! RIP Roy

  8. Richard McDonel

    Everyone should listen to this once every Christmas season. Yes, Silent Night and O Holy Night are wonderful songs, but this piece is the only one I know that captures the reality of Christmas in our prosperous times and places. When Orbison recites those trite lines that we all use - "should you stop, better not, much too busy, you're in a hurry, my how time does fly " - with his perfect phrasing, it switches Christmas on to a whole different channel.

  9. deborah rogers

    Ahh reminds me of my dad. Who is no longer with us. It takes me to my childhood. Happy memories.

  10. Judy

    WHAT A GREAT song,from one of our oldies but goodies🌲🐾♥️🐾♥️🇺🇸🇺🇸☘

  11. Lexy Swope

    Fantastic sentiment.

  12. joemanpjg

    Merry Christmas to all 2019

  13. raymond walker

    This man is just unbeatable his heart is in every song

    Louise Wilson

    Yes indeed Raymond A Legend Hopefully to be remembered for a long long time! x

    wayne brown

    I agree-Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  14. Shirley Hume

    Just love this one, so nice at Christmas to hear it.

  15. Hypernova Needs A Chill Pill 2

    Anyone else from the radio station 98.5? They play all Christmas songs at this time of year, and I never really appreciated this one until right now. It's so beautiful and sad

  16. Mary Ann Loffredo

    Too funny. I enjoyed it so much

  17. FreddieC

    Love this guy and this song. One of my other favorites is In Dreams

    wish21100

    🎈 🎉 Merry ☃ Christmas 🎉🎈
    🔔 From one fan to another 🔔

    454pakr

    I agree! "In Dreams" is a GREAT song!

  18. Yvonne Johnson

    Roy is singing with the angel choir

    John Ledford

    One of the lead vocalists, out of a thousand

  19. Alex Schaf

    As much as I love Roy, I have to ask, and everytime I hear this magnificent song, the question comes to my mind:
    HOW COME ELVIS NEVER SANG THIS SONG?
    This song is so much Elvis Presley, and I can literally see him on stage in the early 70s, giving his all with his deep resonating baritone, a female choir backing him up. The perfect mix of country and gospel, which this song is, It would have fit him like a glove.

    Mike

    Elvis sang this song.

    mrsamzero1

    Answer, Col Parker!

    lazan arndt

    This song was Roy's not Elvis'

    lazan arndt

    @Mike Thank God I never heard Elvis sing this song.

    Alex Schaf

    He did? Where can I find the recording, pleease?!

  20. Gram Armstrong

    The only Christmas song that carries an HONEST message! To Hell with Santa claus and human greed!

  21. W. David Stephenson

    What can I say? THE Christmas song....

  22. Molly Gail

    Willie Nelson wrote this song & sings it much better than Roy O.

    RJ 1999

    Doubtful

    woldoog1

    @RJ 1999 he is right-1963.

    RJ 1999

    @woldoog1 he wrote it, but it's almost impossible to sing better then Roy Orbison.
    I love Willie Nelson, but Roy is hard to follow

  23. Tina Zawisky

    🎶🎶🎄💝🌹🎶🎶🎶

  24. Mike Eldridge

    time does not take away the love Mr Orbison gave us with his voice

  25. Diane Page

    best christmas song ever my husband loved it i play it every xmas in his memory x

  26. Valerie Whitehouse

    Great song great singer

  27. Betty Toh

    Beautiful ! Thank you for sharing !

  28. Faustina Ramharack

    Have to listen to this every December..

  29. Patricia Newton

    One of the good ones written by Willie Nelson.

  30. Andy McWilliams

    Does anybody know what / who this song was written about?

  31. Maria Hawkins

    What a beautiful song and sung by a beautiful person Roy Orbison ❤❤

  32. Neil Hunter

    Beautiful song in memory of our mother 30 5 56 to 26 08 2019 c smith :(

  33. jan panter

    Written by Willie Nelson. Lovely song.

  34. bluenote824 jones

    Great but the hat ????

  35. Theresa Dupuis

    BEAUTIFUL 😊 THANKS FOR SHARING 💓 💓

  36. zalewskimm

    Orbison had a universe of unlimited talent.

  37. gabriele konig

    It brings me to tears every year! It's so beautiful!

  38. margo Rolph

    simply beautiful

  39. Mary Betz

    ALWAYS LOVED THIS SONG. BEAUTIFUL. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲

  40. Mary Betz

    ALWAYS LOVED THIS SONG. BEAUTIFUL. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲

  41. Linda Tirone

    When this first aired in 1963, it still described how Christmas was in America, especially New England. Back in the day, no one was ashamed, or politically incorrect, if you wished one another a Merry Christmas. May God continue to bless America in 2019.

  42. Julian Villacorta

    Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
    Wrap your presents to your darling from you
    Pretty pencils to write I love you
    Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue

    Crowded street, busy feet, hustle by him
    Downtown shoppers, Christmas is nigh
    There he sits all alone on the sidewalk
    Hoping that you won't pass him by

    Should you stop? Better not, much too busy
    You're in a hurry, my how time does fly
    In the distance the ringing of laughter
    And in the midst of the laughter he cries

    Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
    Wrap your presents to your darling from you
    Pretty pencils to write I love you
    Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue

  43. Jane Dutton

    Love this song, still makes me cry even when not Christmas.

  44. Shirley Laux

    This song brings tears to my eyes, to think about those on the street who don't enjoy Christmas as we do God bless them and thanks to Roy ,,,,,,,

  45. Shirley Laux

    The Artist ,,,,,,,Roy Orbison with the most Amazing Vocals and voice ,,,,,,my favorite love this song ,,,,

  46. Doctor Ryodine

    this might be one of the dumbest Christmas songs i know XD

  47. Sarah Newcomb

    Roy is the best.....Just love this song.....All about Christmas.......

  48. Kevin Smith

    Simply beautiful

  49. Leeanne Cosier

    My all time favourite Xmas song ever. Love you Roy

  50. Dennis Sweeney

    One of favorite songs of all times. There will never be another one like Roy

  51. Mária454 Szabó

    ROYORBISON
    PRETTYPAPER

  52. Mária454 Szabó

    ROYORBISON
    PRETTYPAPER

  53. Mária454 Szabó

    Roy Orbison - Pretty Paper

  54. DoubleRainbow666

    Dad💙. Our song.. On the nights of our Daddy Daughter dances, wed hop into his treasured Chevy and he'd pop in this cassette EVERY time. I love you so very much Dad. Your Princess Magilicuty 💛

  55. Mária454 Szabó

    merry christmas roy orbison
    i love that song

  56. Betty Toh

    One of the most beautiful X'mas songs that I know of. Thank you for sharing. Love Roy Orbison's rendition.

  57. Louise Wilson

    Such a lovely song Sung by The master x

  58. Betty Toh

    One of my favourite X'mas songs. Beautiful rendition by Roy Orbison. Brings tears to my eyes......

  59. Léo Canhoto e Dino Santos Santos

    Belas baladas como sempre..!

  60. Linda Fraser

    Besides Elvis, Roy had the best voice ever.

  61. james jennison

    BEAUTIFUL TRUE SONG ,  HIGHLIGHTS PEOPLE IN THERE OWN WORLDS OBLIVIOUS TO OTHER PEOPLES PLIGHTS

  62. patti disch

    Best version of this song ever.

  63. Subwaygirl NYC

    Roy.❤️😍❤️Need I say more..RIP, Roy..

  64. gerri neal

    wow is that a YOUNG picture of him.. That doesn't really even sound like him in later life
    still love his singing

  65. TheTourmaline57

    The coolest man,that ever lived.

  66. Robert Huge

    205 GRINCHES DON'T LIKE THIS SONG???? GO BACK TO THE ZOO!

  67. Linda Carver

    What a Voice!! Died too soon!!

  68. Sheila Johnston

    Roy Orion sang this the best, so touching... Merry Christmas, especially to those in need.
    May we lift their burden in some Blessed Ways?

  69. Sarah Newcomb

    Willie doesn't know how to sing this even though he wrote it. Leave the singing to Roy.........

  70. James Miller

    This has all but disappeared from local playtime during the Christmas season when it used to be a regular. Don't know why other than it has a sad content. I guess people really do hurry by. The story in this carries shadows of 'no room at the inn'.

  71. Edward Paton

    Perfect Christmas song brilliant voice

  72. William Winn

    Love Roy, reminds me of my mom Decorating the Christmas Tree in the 80s.

  73. Robert Dunham

    Real singers for background

  74. betchybubbles

    Can still picture my gram singing to this. My favorite Christmas song.

  75. Andrea Pyne

    LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH ❤️👏🏻 The Classics are the BEST

  76. Alice Johnston Johnston

    Love this song!

  77. Corno di Bassetto

    It's a wonder he never recorded a xmas album to my knowledge. He had the voice for those high notes in carols such as O Holy Night etc.

    Sarah Kinsey

    I really wish he did! I'm sick and tired of the pop Christmas songs, I prefer the old classic ones from the 50s and 60s, like ones by Andy Williams.

  78. raywhittenjr

    HAPPY NATIONAL CHRISTMAS CARD DAY!

  79. Sarah Newcomb

    2018 Merry Christmas.......Roy; what a voice.........

    J de Pape

    Sarah Newcomb    Thank you Sarah and a Merry Christmas to you.

  80. Mary Glynn

    This Christmas song reminds me of my teenage years in boarding school,we had this record to play at recreation time.xx🎄🎄🎄

  81. Jan Ambrose

    30 years ago we lost this man, his exceptional voice, unusual songwriting and just an all around wonderful man. Rest is peace.. 6 December 1988 at age 52. Too soon.

  82. Thomas Haverstock

    The greats singer on the planet

  83. Gramma Dee

    THANKs. Beautifully done.have seen 100s of c m STARS but never able to get to see Roy. THANKs

  84. Sarah Kinsey

    Oh how I wish he did a whole Christmas album!

  85. včelaření

    Pekné svátky,krásná písen

  86. adventurous63

    The Man, the Master.

  87. Trophy Dad

    Love the video. Nice effects, not too much, just right.

  88. Irene Moss

    Brings tears to my eyes. Such a voice. Gone far too soon.x

  89. armadillotoe

    I was 11 when this was popular. I could tell even then, this was special.

  90. Larry Mick

    Was that Floyd Cramer? Kinda sounds like him, but not enough to tell for sure. Either way-perhaps my FAVORITE Roy Orbison treasure!

  91. Sarah Morrow

    I only care who sang this, not who wrote it........

  92. John Scales

    It's my favourite song of all time.

  93. marco cisneros

    It don't get any better than this....

  94. Eileen Tipton

    so nice

  95. george farquhar

    Best song Roy ever had just regret he stop singing

  96. Marlene Sullivan

    GOLDEN VOICE OF ROY.. xx 😎

  97. Cyanrose Jensen

    This one for my "Mama"...sing with the Angels.