Promenade

by Grand Hallway

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released 16 September 2009

All songs written by Tomo Nakayama (c)2009
Produced by Grand Hallway
Recorded and Mixed by Shawn Simmons
Additional Recording by Jeramy Koepping, Jaclyn Shumate, Cory Gray, Bob Roberts, and Tomo Nakayama
Mastering by Ed Brooks at RFI
Artwork by Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP

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Track Name: Raindrops (Matsuri)
listen to all the people walking in the rain
hear the young mother guide her children by the hand
all the sound of life
all the sound of love

listen to buildings being torn down to make more room for buildings
listen to stories disappearing under wrecking ball and cranes
all the sights are fading
oh, the sound of fading
but i'd rather be with you, anywhere

oh, the sound of life
oh, the sound of change
oh, the sound of starting
over from the start
i wanna be with you
i wanna be with you
i wanna be with you when you're starting out

i wanna be with you
when you're waking up
when you wash your hair
when you're taking coffee
when you go to work
when you're eating lunch
when you pay your bills
when you're dancing on the floor
when you hear this song
when you close your eyes at night
listening to those drops of rain
when you have the time
when you have more time
when you're in love with the thought of love
once more.
Track Name: Blessed Be, Honey Bee
blessed be, honey bee
when you're lying next to me
i'm a hibernating grizzly bear, grizzly bear
grizzly bear, a grizzly bear
we don't need to rise for anything
we'll spend the winter sleeping off
the love that you and i have stored
way down in our bellies

feel the breeze, baby please
when you're sailing off to seas
in the middle of two continents
two continents, continents, two continents
keep me as your mate in navy blue
i'll be on board to anchor you
when you feel you are ready to return to shore
return to shore
return

blessed be, honey bee
when you're lying next to me
blessed be, honey bee
when you're sailing off to sea
keep me as your mate in navy blue
i'll be on board to anchor you.
Track Name: Under the Roof
commandeer the open room
compartment made for two
concern for me and you did grow

more time is all we need
common sense is all we need
good sleep is all you need, my love

your heart will hesitate, our eyes cannot relate

under the roof we will fall apart
under the roof we forget who we are
under the roof we will fall apart

undressed with doors ajar
staring at the mirror for hours
you've never seemed so far away

our ties will degrade, my heart cannot relate

under the roof we will fall apart
under the roof we will see how we really are
under the roof we will fall apart

climb in the back of the motorcar
lying in the grass, we forgive what we are
under the roof of a million stars

i loved you, dear.
Track Name: Elinor with the Golden Hair (Tsukimi)
harvest moon, my harvest moon
(skies that could swallow you whole)
bright red moon, my harvest moon
(oceans are calling you home)
cover me in the thin silver reeds, the green eulalia
(i can see your skinny body falling from the sky)
in the stark, sterling light it's so very clear: there's good in everyone
(i can see your skinny body falling from the sky)
now, moon, bring her to me
bring her to me

elinor, elinor, elinor
elinor with the golden hair

in the summer time, when the air is dry
we will meet, we will meet

elinor, elinor, elinor
my elinor with the golden hair
you are safe here
you belong here
we begin here
live anew here

in the summer time, when the air is dry
we will meet, you and me

now, moon, bring her to me
bring her to me.
Track Name: In A Cave
feel the earth move slowly 'neath your hurried feet
in your heart, a glowing coal
and i long to drill a cave where we could sleep
we return to ancient roles

if the sun leaves you dry, then i'll take you dry
if the day leaves you weak, then i'll take you weak
and if love makes you whole, then i'll see you whole
'til the end, 'til the end

feel the earth move slowly 'neath my hurried stroll
worn in silver, born in gold
and i long to see you on the other side
when the northern lights are gone

if the sun leaves you dry, then i'll take you dry
if the day leaves you weak, then i'll take you weak
and if love makes you whole, then i'll see you whole
'til the end, 'til the end

so please, stay the way you are
oh please, stay the way you are
'til the end
'til the end
'til the end
'til the end
Track Name: Happy New Year
call your brothers over, climb those flights of stairs
bundle up, it's cold out there out on the roof
your baby's gone away and drinking cold champagne counting down and locking lips with someone new

pretty girls they never notice when you're smiling
pretty boys they never care when they've been breaking your heart
little darling don't you fear, the end is coming near for us

so here's to old regrets and those mistakes we made
send them off like big balloons, over the moon
my baby's gone away, i drink all night and day
counting off the things we did and didn't do

pretty girls they never notice when you're smiling
pretty boys they never know when they've been breaking your heart
little darling don't you fear, the end is coming near for us

happy new year
(happy new year, darlin')
happy new year
(happy new year, darlin')
happy new year
(happy new year)
happy new year
Track Name: Pearrygin (Quite a Quiet)
i sat in the dark, stared out at the shapes in the clouds
and listened to birds dive into a lake
and flutter their wings through the wake

bright stars in the sky, great sycamores saying goodbye
the winds and the sands all shaking their hands
where water and land used to meet

i'm sorry you're not here with me
i'm sorry you're not here to see
it's quite, a quite, a quite
a quiet

quite a lovely sight.
Track Name: Sirens
spent so many nights
wondering where you are
riding on your bike
doing what you like without me
oh can't you see?
this house is very cold, the floors are very old
the neighbors walk and keep me up at night, at night

spent so many nights
wondering who you are
every time you laugh
who is making you laugh?
because it's not me (no, you don't make me laugh either)
i'm getting much too old
it's not funny anymore
you think it's so romantic
the life of a musician who is poor
the life you think that you're well-suited for
but i've been through that so many times before
so i can't go there with you

ah, ah, ah

i'll spend most every night
wondering how you are
Track Name: The Passenger (Minuet for Americans)
o' the open aired passenger, his chin moved up the left
o' the open aired passenger, his brain fell out his head
his wife in pink, what did she think
as she held his remainder in her hands
scrambling over the seat for the largest pieces of his skull
what he surely can't afford to lose

o' the captain of 123, a plane he no longer could steer
o' the captain of 123, before the mountains appeared
the flight control, what did they know
as their charge just kept right on hovering
and the girl on board, what did she know
as she heard her mother whispering
"do not be afraid, we'll be alright"

and the barber of new orleans, the day the raining began
o' the barber of new orleans, when the levee gave in
no saints came marching out, no booming voices from above
but he had nary a doubt
for he oh-so-often was told of love
by the good book that guided his land
and they all said
"do not be afraid, we'll be alright"