White Elephant

by Daniel Rylander

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"A mellow, Christmas-themed tune from me to you this holiday season! May it be merry and bright: happy holidays!"

"'White Elephant' is based on a true story. Last year, I went to a Christmas party and while I was there, I participated in a 'white elephant' gift exchange. It was much to my chagrin that I ended up with this ugly candy dish. The inspiration for the song came more or less as a joke from a friend of mine who suggested that I make the most of it and write some goofy holiday tune about my new gift. Over the next couple days, I wrote 'White Elephant' and ended up being rather pleased with what I had created. Far from a 'goofy' holiday tune, I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do."

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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It was a chilly night in the dead of winter;
Going out to a gift exchange at the Pastor's house.
The mood was light and a coziness did fill the air,
I found myself a place in a rocking chair.

And you were all I knew,
So I fell in love with you.

I made up my mind and checked my pulse for warning signs;
Put on a happy face and assumed that place.
The room got quiet as I chose myself a gift that night,
I found my Christmas wish in a candy dish.

And I could not refuse,
So you just had to choose.

Christmas-time and coffee;
Morning light and candy canes.
I gave you chocolate kisses,
You gave me such a bellyache.
Take your time on me love;
Wrap my head in cellophane.
You're looking so delicious,
It's just lack of air to my brain.

I fight to keep awake,
And to keep my demons all away;
We play this stupid game,
And I feel the same.
You get real close and for a moment it's just you I see,
If I only knew what you stole from me.

Then I would have to choose,
But you I just can't lose.

And at the end when we all say our final goodbyes,
I couldn't bring myself to look you in the eyes.
The night was young but you and I we feel so old;
Come over and warm yourself,
Let's get out this cold.

But you would just refuse,
But I, I'd melt with you.

Christmas-time and coffee;
Morning light and candy canes.
I gave you chocolate kisses,
You give me such a bellyache.
Take your time on me love;
Wrap my head in cellophane.
You're looking so delicious,
It's just lack of air to my brain.

credits

released November 25, 2016
All music and lyrics written by Daniel Rylander (ASCAP)
Bass guitar performed by Brian Fackelman
All other instrumentation and vocal performances by Daniel Rylander

© 2016 Daniel Rylander
Recorded by: Wes McCraw at Creekside Audio
Produced by: Wes McCraw, Brian Fackelman, and Daniel Rylander at Creekside Audio
Mixed and Mastered by: Wes McCraw at Creekside Audio
Digital album artwork layout and design by: Daniel Rylander

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Daniel Rylander Akron, Ohio

Daniel Rylander is a singer/songwriter from the Akron, Ohio area. His new single, "Understanding" is out and available now! A show schedule can be found on his official website (link below). Thank you for your support and continue to enjoy the music!

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