MUSIC HALL

Format: CD
Released: September 2003
Label: Panoptikon
Catalogue: OPTIK 02

Artist: Martin Hall
Music and lyrics: Martin Hall
Producer: Martin Hall, Thomas Li, Johnny Stage, Frank Hasselstrøm
Design: Kenneth Schultz
Photo: Casper Sejersen

INDEX

1. Another Heart Laid Bare 3:19
2. The Girl with the Moon in Her Eyes 3:15
3. Lovers in the Rain 4:26
4. Doing The Continental 2:37
5. Catching the Dust 2:03
6. Documentary 1 (Mads Nørgaard) 0:34
7. She Shines 3:51
8. Pantomime 2:29
9. Face Map 1:51
10. Moody 4:27
11. Documentary 2 (Talkshow Guest) 1:02
12. The Stranger in Your Voice 1:08
13. Blue Eyes Bolero 2:50
14. Etiquette 3:13
15. Documentary 3 (Jeff Matthews) 1:38
16. Introducing Burning Sugar 1:19
17. Burning Sugar 4:13
18. Goodnight 2:23

LYRICS

Another Heart Laid Bare

Another heart laid bare on the doorstep to my exile
Another pantomime to disbelieve
I see your bended head
Always humble in the daylight
Playing the servant’s role to never see

Of all the images that you left for my keeping
The one I like the most is the world outside
I never thought I would but the distance seems so perfect
I can’t deny the fact that I’m pleasantly surprised

Another victim cries
Pointing fingers at the heavens
Declaring me the crime of centuries
The traces on my skin
They keep shining in the nighttime
A fingerprint on every memory

The Girl with the Moon in Her Eyes

Hey
See that smile
High and dry
It’s the girl with the moon in her eyes
God
What a dress
What a mess
I wish I could look something like that
Chaotic and genius

Bang
There she goes
What a show
Better hold on to all you’ve got
She’s tearing the world apart
Guys in the crowd
Hanging out
Never know what to do
It’s a zoo
Behaving like imbeciles on the loose

Whenever she’s walking down the street
She’s breaking the heart of boys she meets
You wouldn’t believe the things she’s capable of
She’s dropping a handkerchief or two
And suddenly everyone’s acute
‘Cause all of the world wanna follow her home

She’s got them all in her hand
Her song and her dance’s gonna get you
It’s such a wonderful sight
The look in her eyes is divine
You simply ain’t got a chance
It’s out of your hands, better run boy
‘Cause at the end of the night
She’s kissing goodbye with them all

Hey
Do you see what I mean?
It’s the girl with the moon in her eyes
Don’t try to fight
Walk on by
If she gets you
You’re out of your mind
And into a bag of mice

Lovers in the Rain

It’s like a merry go round
That goes up and down all the time
You’ll see a face in the crowd
Without any doubt in your mind

You just know that he’s the one
Or that she’s where you belong
In her loving arms, the only place to be

Lovers in the rain
Strangers on a train
Everything will change and stay the same
Sweet as any lover’s words
Hard as any lover’s hurt

Lovers in the rain
Lovers on their way
Lovers on a thousand midnight trains
Hidden like a memory
A little bit of history

Another Hemingway girl
Who’s turning the world for a boy
You see them hanging around
In cafés and bars all the time

When they say the magic words
It’s the sweetest sound you’ve heard
No one cares about the writing on the wall

Lovers in the rain
Strangers on a train
Everything will change and stay the same
Sweet as any lover’s words
Hard as any lover’s hurt

Lovers in the rain
Lovers on their way
Lovers on a thousand midnight trains
Hidden like a memory
A little bit of history

They never see it coming
Hurting
Falling like a little scene
They’re always high and mighty
Only into in their own little dream
But just a little make-believe
A little bit of mystery
Is all you need

Doing the Continental

Now really
Close doesn’t count
Not at all
It’s just your vanity making its call
You’re such a promising light
At least for a while
When I’m bored

So many little Napoleons fail
They’re never getting the point of the game
They’re trying too hard to please
It’s such a relief
When they’re gone
The laughter in the rain
We’ll take a turn again
When I’ve regained my breath

I’ve seen a lot of dead people on drugs
Hanging around in cafés like they’re not
Inhaling nicotine candy
And quoting that Andy cliché

In a world full of sad girls with great looks
I’ll be your Martini Girl
I’ll be late for a thousand appointments
But still I’m your girl
I’m flirtatious
Outrageous
Contagious
A three minute love affair
I’m so gracious
So spacious
Delicious
I’m all you can bear

So have a bite of my sweet lover’s heart
I’m irresistible right from the start
I’ll tell you when to start chewing
And when to be queuing to see me leave

Catching the Dust

All of this time
Watching the lines
Slowly run out into the blue
Catching the dust
Staying untouched
Hiding the world within your hand

All of this time
Just catching the dust
Hiding the world

She Shines

She shines like all tomorrow
There’s no need to beg or borrow now
She’s worth a million dollars inside
She doesn’t look like Marilyn Monroe
In that film where she’s so wonderful
She’s like a train that’s out of control

She’s feeling so good
She’s out of her mind
She’s fallen in love
She’s feeling divine
‘Cause ever since she met you
She knew that she would get you, now
You know it’s only a matter of time

She shines like all tomorrow
There’s no need to beg or borrow now
She’s worth a million dollars inside
She doesn’t look like Marilyn Monroe
In that film where she’s so wonderful
She’s like a train that’s out of control

Her feet on the ground
Her head in the sky
She’s having the time
The time of her life
The kisses on the mirror
Are meant to bring you nearer now
You know that it’s only a matter of time

She shines like all tomorrow
There’s no need to beg or borrow now
She’s worth a million dollars inside
She doesn’t look like Marilyn Monroe
In that film where she’s so wonderful
She’s like a train that’s out of control

Shining like a rainbow
Lighting up the sky
You can see her sparkling way up high now

Pantomime

Feeling like Berlin 1929
So many feelings all caught up inside
Falling like cities seen through lovers’ eyes
Shaking with fever as they say goodbye

Each time you look
Somebody hides
All of the world
Up in the clouds

Feeling so stupid in this pantomime
All that I need is one pair of starry eyes

Moody

Feeling moody again
On a Sunday
Turning Monday all over again
I’m moody again
Sentimental
Never ending
I’m longing for you
Wherever you’re hiding
Still longing for you
And your silver lining

Counting the times that I’ve been here before
In need of a key as I’m closing the door
No need to find a reason
In every feeling that’s passing me by
It’s all in my mind

Feeling moody again
On a Sunday
Turning Monday all over again
I’m moody again
Sentimental
Never ending
And longing for you
Wherever you’re hiding
Still longing for you
And your silver lining

Cigarette burns on my pillow
Cigarette burns in my mind
Thin as the air that I’m breathing
Whenever you’re near

The stranger in your Voice

I always wait
For the light
For the day
When love has gone
All of the time
All of the lies
Turn inside of me

The stranger in your voice
Comes and goes
Never shows
I’m on my own
Feeling amused
Feeling accused
I’m a thousand miles away

Every tragic love affair will end itself
Always founded on a tragic lack of taste
No sweet applause
Not even a word
From the stranger in my heart

Blue Eyes Bolero

Blue eyes, blue eyes
Blue like all of the sky
Blue eyes, blue eyes
Climb your helium high

Unbroken
Windows open
Blow you out
Climb the airwaves
On the staircase
Sliding down

Blue eyes, blue eyes
Feel the needles and pins
Blue eyes, blue eyes
Don’t know where to begin

Etiquette

Five in the morning
All of the world is out of reach
Empty casinos
A city that turns within its sleep
The bed in my room looks so clean

Run out of reason
Waiting for time to make me see
A broken believer
More of the same is my retreat
I guess that it shields every need

I’m trying to rewrite a letter with feeling
But I’m out of season with etiquette
I want you know what it’s like to have been cheated
For all that I needed but didn’t get

Five in the morning
Don’t you believe a word I say
I guess that I’m asking
For somebody else to take my place

Burning Sugar

The carpet of stars
It shines from afar
Much further away than reason
A story that starts and ends with the heart
No words ever tell the tale

I believe in all that I see
In all that I know
In all that I feel inside me
I know that dreams will come true
If they’re burning

Burning sugar
Burns inside me
Burning sugar
Burning so sweet

A story that goes where nobody knows
I used to believe in answers
But sometimes it starts and ends with the heart
No words ever tell the tale

Goodnight

Goodnight
Goodnight … sleep tight
Don’t worry ’bout a thing
The world you know and love
Will be the same again

As soon as when you wake up
It’s all right
Put on a little makeup
It looks nice
Forget a thousand feelings
From last night
And leave your troubles out

Goodnight
Goodnight … sleep tight
The morning’s coming soon
The dreams will lead you on
Like a wonderful balloon

It’s coming like a feeling
That deep sigh
Your heavy eyes are closing
It’s all right
You feel a little stardust
In your life
You’re gonna get so high

Don’t know what to believe
All the things that I see
If the clouds are for real
Or it’s all make-believe
Make a jump in the sky
Take a ride on the light
If you try suicide
You’ll only wake up

Goodnight
Goodnight … sleep tight
Don’t worry ’bout a thing
The world you know and love
Will be the same again

As soon as when you wake up
It’s all right
Put on a little makeup
It looks nice
Forget a thousand feelings
From last night
And leave your troubles out
Go leave your troubles out
Go leave your troubles out

Goodnight!


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Musicians

Agnes: vocals
Andrea Pellegrini: vocals
Aud Wilken: vocals
Billie Koppel: vocals
Carsten Kronow: tuba
Frank Hasselstrøm: keyboards
Hans Nybo: bassoon
Henrik Marstal: bass, cello
Iben Teilmann: viola
Isa Holm: vocals
James Crabb: accordion
Jeff Matthews: speak
Johnny Stage: bass, guitar
Kenny Andy: drums
Lise Westzynthius: vocals, piano
Mads Nørgaard: speak
Martin Hall: drums, networks, keyboards, piano, bass, guitar, sonic work, samples, backing vocals, programming
Mette Sand Hersoug: vocals
Ole Hansen: trumpet, flugelhorn
Sara Wallevik: violin
Søren Tarding: guitar
Tanja Thulau: vocals
The Vista Dome Ensemble: orchestra
Torben Engberg: organ

Recorded spring and summer 2003 at various locations.

Info

At the time of its release Music Hall – subtitled “Martin Hall songs performed by starlets, divas, chanteuses and comediennes” – presented its audience to 18 new songs and recordings performed by some of the best new female artists in contemporary Danish music. Among the participants you’ll find names such as Lise Westzynthius (nominated as best female singer at the Danish Music Awards that year) and Mette Sand Hersoug from the emerging Danish band Moon Gringo (another Danish Music Awards 2003 candidate). Catbird feat. Billie Koppel was yet a group nominated in several categories at the same award ceremony, and then there was Tanja Thulau, singer in the Danish group Luke who enjoyed massive radio airplay with the current hit single “Heaven’s on Fire”.

Apart from these younger names Music Hall also contains contributions from Aud Wilken, the great voice from Danish post-punk act The Poets (she was also the singer who gave Denmark its first top 5 appearance in 40 years at the International Eurovision Song Contest in 1995). Andrea Pellegrini, the mezzo-soprano from Hall’s critically acclaimed soundtrack Camille, also participated on the album, and finally the album featured a record debut for the grand lady of Danish theatre, Isa Holm (at the time 58 years old).

Apart from the female main contributions Music Hall furthermore includes short intervals with comments and speaks. Contributors include “the king of Danish fashion”, designer and entrepreneur Mads Nørgaard who comments on the general effect of pop music on “Documentary 1”, as well as the novelist Jeff Matthews who reflects on charm and femininity on “Documentary 3”.

“She Shines” was a big radio hit during 2003 (released as a promotional single only). The track is produced by Johnny Stage while “Blue Eyes Bolero” is produced by Frank Hasselstrøm and “Burning Sugar” by Thomas Li. All other tracks on the album are produced by Martin Hall.

1. Andrea Pellegrini: “Another Heart Laid Bare”
2. Mette Sand Hersoug: “The Girl with the Moon in Her Eyes”
3. Belgravia feat. Aud Wilken: “Lovers in the Rain”
4. Isa Holm: “Doing The Continental”
5. Tanja Thulau: “Catching the Dust”
6. Documentary 1: “Mads Nørgaard on Pop Music”
7. Belgravia feat. Aud Wilken: “She Shines”
8. Lise Westzynthius: “Pantomime”
9. The Vista Dome Ensemble: “Face Map”
10. Tanja Thulau: “Moody”
11. Documentary 2: “Talkshow Guest on Meeting the Maestro”
12. Andrea Pellegrini: “The Stranger in Your Voice”
13. Catbird feat. Billie Koppel: “Blue Eyes Bolero”
14. Belgravia feat. Aud Wilken: “Etiquette”
15. Documentary 3: “Jeff Matthews on Charm and Femininity”
16. Agnes: “Introducing Burning Sugar”
17. Belgravia feat. Aud Wilken: “Burning Sugar”
18. Mette Sand Hersoug: “Goodnight”