Pretty Paper

Album: Greatest Hits (1972)
Charted: 6 15


  • This was written by Willie Nelson, who at the time was a successful songwriter but relatively unknown performer. It's a Christmas song where the singer goes about preparing for the holiday, but notices an unfortunate homeless person who can't afford the luxuries of the season. Unsure how to handle this, the singer decides he is just too busy and carries on with his preparations. The "Pretty Paper" serves as a metaphor for how we often cover up our problems or choose not to notice them. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Nelson later recorded this song. It has also been covered by Glen Campbell, Kenny Chesney, Freddy Fender and Chris Isaak.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 8th 1963, "Pretty Paper" by Roy Orbison entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #60; and four weeks later on January 5th, 1964 it peaked at #15 {for 1 week} and spent 7 weeks on the Top 100...
    The Big O had five other Top 100 records in 1963; "Workin' for the Man" {#33}, "In Dream" {#7}, "Falling" {#22}, "Mean Woman Blues" {#5}, and "Blue Bayou" {#29}...
    Sadly; Roy Kelton Orbison passed away on December 6th, 1988 at the young age of 52...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barbara from Boonville, InThe greatest singer to grace the earth, wish we had Roy doing more Christmas songs, what an awesome voice
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