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#1158996 - 11/27/19 07:07 PM Santa's Spies  
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There's lots of new folks out there who don't know me or my music, so here's the one that started it all. It won a contest in Nashville with 3000+ entries, got me a free demo, and encouraged me to keep writing. I know it's not perfect, but then neither am I. Hope it tickles your fancy. Lyrics on the site just push play. decided to throw the lyric on here too.

https://www.soundclick.com/music/songInfo.cfm?songID=4692317

Lyrics
Santa’s Spies

I really have it figured out
How Santa gets the word
He hears it from the animals
Each cat and dog and bird
From nest to den it’s passed along
By flock and then by pack
Till Santa writes it in a note
And stores it in his sack

Those innocent canaries
Who fill our house with song
Are part of the conspiracy
And pass wishes along
That warm and fuzzy kitten
With every little cry
He isn’t callin’ mama
He’s really Santa’s spy

It ain’t just in the city
The farmers have it too--------------- {Chorus
They hear it every day and night
Each neigh each baa and moo
So don’t forget when shoppin’
To go in that pet store
And pick up lots of presents
To please them to the core

{Instrumental Break

Trudy wants the telescope
She saw down at the mall
Billy wants that blue bike
They’re in the hoot owls call
Cody has been extra good
And so has Linda Lou
The puppies’ tails thump out in code
You think they’ll tell on you

I’m starin’ at my kitty cat
And lookin’ for a sign
To see if she’ll tell Santa
Just what I have in mind
I try to keep her happy
Her food and water fill
I hope her purr will carry
Through dale and over hill

It ain’t just in the city
The farmers have it too----------------- {Chorus
They hear it every day and night
Each neigh each baa and moo
So don’t forget when shoppin’
To go in that pet store
And pick up lots of presents
To please them to the core

So lets thank all our little friends
That carry out with this task
For helpin’ with our Christmas
Is quite a lot to ask

Yes helpin’ out old Santa
Is quite a lot to ask

Helpin’ out old Santa
Is quite a lot to ask

Copyright 2003 John W. Selleck

#1158997 - 11/27/19 10:50 PM Re: Santa's Spies [Re: John W Selleck]  
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And the crocodiles with their wicked smiles
tell Santa to take it back... laugh

Fun in a Sesame street kinda' way smile

#1158999 - 11/27/19 11:41 PM Re: Santa's Spies [Re: John W Selleck]  
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Hi Japov,
Thanks for the listen, and the nice comments. That was the idea, just a fun Christmas song. They actually liked both of the songs I entered so they gave me 2 free demos.

#1159043 - 11/30/19 02:52 AM Re: Santa's Spies [Re: John W Selleck]  
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A llongish one we'll thought through John, yes a good fun ssong.
Good to know you had some success with it as well
Regards
John


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#1159056 - 11/30/19 04:50 AM Re: Santa's Spies [Re: John W Selleck]  
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Thanks John,
I have had some success with this and a couple of others but not so much financially. If I had to do things over I would still write, and pay to produce the demos, even if they never make me another dime. There is just something about putting words together then hearing them to music that brings a smile to my life.

#1159060 - 11/30/19 07:45 AM Re: Santa's Spies [Re: John W Selleck]  
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Morning, John:

Enjoyed this one and your demo artist did a great job for you... and a Christmas/Santa song to a "country vibe" is a sure formula for success. Your lyric is well thought out, clever and tells the story so well. I hope you found a way to "pitch" this one back in July to allow the process to work through the many song submissions in this unique genre. Noting that you wrote it quite some time ago, I imagine you already know the process... and have participated many times.

Best of luck with your music. I noticed you were looking for demo artist Heather (Cowles) Morris and wonder if Laura Kelsey might be a good candidate for some of your songs needing great female vocalists? She is a member here from Western Canada.

Regards out there in the western Pacific.

----Dave

#1159076 - 11/30/19 11:03 PM Re: Santa's Spies [Re: John W Selleck]  
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Hi Dave,
Thanks for the listen, glad you liked this one. I did the rounds in music city for about 3 1/2 months when I lived there, and was making some progress with a couple of publishers, then my mom was getting close to passing back in NJ and I went back to spend what time I could with her. I never made it back but I tried pitching from NJ and it was like pitching from the outfield. I never got close to the plate. Western Canada is a hotbed of country music, the Calgary Stampede and such. Heather is a very known quantity to me, she did a couple of excellent demos for me. I am not close to doing anything yet but I wanted to touch base with her because I do have a couple of lyrics she would sound great on. I will try searching for Laura and see. Thanks again.

#1159077 - 11/30/19 11:20 PM Re: Santa's Spies [Re: John W Selleck]  
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Hi John
An old time country song - perfect for the Christmas season.
It's a bit generic melody-wise - but most old school stuff needs to be IMHO.
Merry xmas from Canucksville smile
Paul

#1159083 - 11/30/19 11:46 PM Re: Santa's Spies [Re: John W Selleck]  
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Hi Paul,
Thanks for the visit and the comments. Glad you liked it. The melody I had nothing to do with. I just won the contest and they did the rest. And you're right, it is a bit generic but it was my first song ever put to music so what did I know. I hope I've gotten a bit better with time. I loved yours.

#1159086 - 12/01/19 01:21 AM Re: Santa's Spies [Re: John W Selleck]  
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I can see this winning ...super writing, If I just read it, its a great story! without the music. Hi John, hope all is going well. Lane


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#1159115 - 12/02/19 01:00 AM Re: Santa's Spies [Re: John W Selleck]  
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Hi Lane,
Thanks for listening. It was the first I had written in years and yes, I am mighty proud of the lyric, glad you liked it.


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