Promenade

by Grand Hallway

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Jeg Elskersen
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Jeg Elskersen Listening to this album is like floating slowly on a meandering river on a crisp April midday; all the worries of the world left on the riverside as you get lost in your own thoughts. Favorite track: Blessed Be, Honey Bee.
Jason McLaughlin
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Jason McLaughlin Pretty, indie chamber pop, delicately robust. The cover art captures the mood perfectly. Favorite track: Raindrops (Matsuri).
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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.
2.
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.
3.
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.
4.
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.
5.
In A Cave 04:46
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
6.
Usagi No Uta 04:07
7.
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
8.
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.
9.
Sirens 06:27
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
10.
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"

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released September 16, 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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Grand Hallway Seattle, Washington

Grand Hallway is Tomo Nakayama and friends from Seattle, Washington. We make chamber-pop/art-rock/indie-folk music. Contact: GRANDHALLWAY@GMAIL.COM

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