World's Largest Sheet Music Selection


Pretty Paper

By Willie Nelson/Roy Orbison

Be the first! Write a Review

Voice, Choir, SATB - Digital Download
By Willie Nelson/Roy Orbison. Arranged by Dana Usealman. 6 pages. Published by Dana Usealman (H0.432979-669600).

Item Number: H0.432979-669600

2018 Holiday Contest Entry


This arrangement should be performable by a high school choir, but can also be appreciated by a more advanced choir.

WillieNelson's iconic song, made famous by Roy Orbison, was written about adisabled street vendor that would sell gift wrap, ribbons, andpencils during the holiday season. It was later embellished andpublished as a short story. It's a beautiful, yet somber song, thatreminds us that not everyone is jolly during the Christmas season.This is a good piece for the middle of a concert to provide acontrast to the typical Christmas genre or to bring awareness andsupport to those that struggle during the season.

Pretty Paperis typically a simple country song with swinging 8ths, but I'vearranged it with full harmonies and straight 8ths for a completelydifferent feel. You could still perform it with swinging 8ths ifyou'd like more of the original character of the piece. I originallythought it would be an a Capella arrangement and arranged all of thevoice parts first, but felt it needed a bit more rhythmic pull andadded the piano. It could still be performed a Capella for a moresimple, thoughtful performance.

About SMP Press

This product was created by a member of SMP Press, our global community of independent composers, arrangers, and songwriters. Our independent musicians have created unique compositions and arrangements for the Sheet Music Plus community, many of which are not available anywhere else.

Click here to see more titles from these independent creators and to learn more about SMP Press.

Please note this product may not be eligible for all sales, promotions or coupons offered through Sheet Music Plus - please check promotional details for specifics.

About Digital Downloads

Digital Downloads are downloadable sheet music files that can be viewed directly on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Once you download your digital sheet music, you can view and print it at home, school, or anywhere you want to make music, and you don’t have to be connected to the internet. Just purchase, download and play!

PLEASE NOTE: Your Digital Download will have a watermark at the bottom of each page that will include your name, purchase date and number of copies purchased. You are only authorized to print the number of copies that you have purchased. You may not digitally distribute or print more copies than purchased for use (i.e., you may not print or digitally distribute individual copies to friends or students).

Buy Together




We recommend purchasing
Pretty Paper
Digital Print Deluxe Binder

Buy both for $27.85

[ { "catalogRefId":"20924273", "quantity":"1" }, { "catalogRefId":"19747510", "quantity":"1" } ]
AddtoCart Digital
Close X

By signing up you consent with the terms in our Privacy Policy

I am a music teacher.