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It's no secret that many politicians like to rock out every once in a while:

  • Mike Huckabee is a proficient bass player;
  • Jon Huntsman tickles the old ivories;
  • And, of course, Bill Clinton played saxophone on a late night talk show once.

However, it's a rare thing when a politician spends their time writing their own compositions. Enter Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and his double life as a writer of love songs.

Hatch, the longest-serving senator in the Republican caucus, has quietly been racking up a discography of compositions that have been released by recording artists and even featured in films.

As a matter of fact, he has been known to lock down around $40,000 a year in royalties. (In other news, are we all in the wrong line of work?)

Many of his songs are religious hymns and tributes to long-lost friends, including this touching number dedicated to his friend Ted Kennedy, which he wrote upon hearing news of the senator's death.

He's also written Christmas songs, songs chronicling national tragedies such as 9/11. Hatch even penned a little ditty about New York City. Here are the lyrics:

"Strollin’ down Fifth Avenue

On a cold December night

Christmas tree comin’ into view

Lights bouncin’ off that famous ice

I’ll be skatin’ with my baby

Glidin’ by, maybe

Stealin’ just a kiss or two at Christmas time

Manhattan winter,

Rockefeller Center

Skatin’ with my baby on a New York night"

Senator Hatch joins former president Richard Nixon, who wrote a number of piano concertos throughout his life. Now that Hatch is the head of the Senate Finance Committee, not to mention being third in line for the presidency, his songwriting career may be placed on ice (for now).