Hallway Heavies

Hallway Heavies

 Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA
BandR&BFunk

Improv-oriented jam music that combines a multitude of musical styles into one, high-energy pulse that resonates with all musical tastes. Hallway Heavies provides a dynamic aural experience that is spontaneous and creative by drawing on each member's unique background, training, and influences.

Biography


UltimaSongs Recording Artists 'Hallway Heavies':

"Don't play what's there, play what's not there." This famous quote by Miles Davis applies well to fifteen years of musical exploration and experimentation from a group of musicians who have learned, developed, and performed together from the very onset of their musical careers. The result is the creation of a unique musical experience called 'Hallway Heavies'. The upcoming full-length album titled 'So Far...' exemplifies a group of players that have the rare ability to come together and fill in that which is not there in such a manner as to produce a tightly knit collection of original compositions that dare to push the boundaries of each other's comfort zones. 'So Far...' represents just how far the band has come, and how far the listener will go when experiencing the musical perspective of 'Hallway Heavies'.

Hailing from the central part of Iowa, the core of Hallway Heavies has performed and recorded throughout the United States since the early 90s. Blending an eclectic mixture of funk, improv, rock, R & B, blues, and jazz, Hallway Heavies delivers a distinct live show that transcends beyond a typical listener's expectations. Never is a song performed exactly the same way twice, leaving audience members anxious to return. All styles of cover tunes can be found on a typical set list and nothing is off limits with this ensemble. Hallway Heavies is collectively influenced by a wide variety of artists from all genres of music which contributes to a sound reminiscent of artists such as Steeley Dan, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Grateful Dead, Phish, The Allman Brothers, Mint Condition, and more.

Hallway Heavies constantly strives to expand the boundaries and limitations of their capabilities in an effort to discover and explore that which is not there.

Lyrics

So Far...

Written By: Hallway Heavies

When the last one came around my friend I was standin’ on the shore
When I heard you knock my friend well I opened up the door
I don’t know how I got here yeah
I just know I’m part of the plan
Not sure exactly who’s in charge but I’m sure they gotta understand

Be yourself
There is no other way to go
Free yourself
It’s the only sure fire way to know
If you’re traveling in the narrows
Or you’re walking the right road
Destination home to the place ya know when ya finally get there

But we can destroy all that we could have been
We all have demons sometimes to let in
We two can be so much more than we are
Just to believe it can take you so far

Avoid those complications
Say the voices in my head
Avoid that hesitation man or you’ll likely wind up dead
Seeing things for what they are not what they seem instead
Maybe then one day my son your soul will be wisely fed

Live it right
Cuz everyday is your last chance
Give it all your might
Maybe tonight is your last dance
When you hear that whistle blowin’
When the train comes then you’ll know it
Destination home to the place you know how long it takes to get there

But we can destroy all that we could have been
We all have demons sometimes to let in
We two can be so much more than we are
Just to believe it can take you so far

When the next one comes around again
I’ll be standing on your shore
And when you hear me knocking well you’ll open up the door
And you can show me how you led me here
You can help me understand
That it was me that was in charge all along
And we two are part of the plan

But we could destroy all that we could have been
We all have demons sometimes to let in
We two can be so much more than we are
Just to believe it can take you so far

But we could destroy all that we could have been
We all have demons sometimes to let in
We two can be so much more than we are
Just to believe it can take you so far

Life Is Beautiful

Written By: Hallway Heavies

There was a time when I could sing
And a time when I was sane
And everything around me breathed and ebbed and swayed
But now my throat is feeling rough
I’m pretty sure I’ve had enough
Of all these dramafied unrealities lost in the purple haze

And now I’m sure I can be strong
With all these good things going wrong
Just try to man it up and bit that bullet hard
I’ve gotta fight it to the end
Lord only knows I can’t depend
On you and your secret bag of broken hearts

Life can be so beautiful
Sometimes
Clouds with silver lining dust my eyes
Makes me cry

Tonight the candle slowly burns
While the fishbowl slowly turns
Round and round the morning sun we go
Searching for a familiar face
In this unfamiliar place
Looking endlessly for love we already know

Now when the screaming still remains
After the pain
Resolution coming down hard on you
So don’t you fret your pretty head
Cuz fairly soon we’ll all be dead
Running is the last thing you could do

Life can be so beautiful
Sometimes
Clouds with silver lining dust my eyes
Makes me cry

Barefoot stepping on the grass so green
See what I mean
Naked swimming in an ocean blue
Baby me and you

Come with me to pastures high and vast
Forget the past

Clouds with silver lining dust my eyes
Makes me cry
Barefoot stepping on the grass so green
See what I mean
Naked swimming in an ocean blue
Just me and you
Come with me to pastures high and vast
Forget the past

My Surprise

Written By: Hallway Heavies

Say gimme green not this government
Explain to me where all my money went
To the grocery store to feed the poor
Out the window through the door
Any explanation would suffice

Ain’t coming clean with your politics
Your death machines are blood sucking fleas and ticks
Aristocrats with wallets fat
But social stats ain’t where its at
I’ll take my chances on the blue collar class

Everything’s all right lets all have a good night
Dance on the graves of our kids
When its all been said and done
And Armageddon’s reign motherfuckin war’s been won and
We can all go to Heaven Lord imagine my surprise

My surprise, my surprise, my surprise, imagine my surprise

No energy to take the power back
Empty words don’t present the facts
Geriatric bureaucrats
Myriad of soulless cats
I’ll take my chances on the ones they call trash

No empathy to save the world
No hero’s flag to be unfurled
No martyr’s song to sing along
No good to bad to right to wrong
Just you and me and all the little boys and girls singing

Everything’s all right lets all have a good night
Dance on the graves of our kids
And when its all been said and done
Polar ice caps melting and the war’s been one and
We can all go to Heaven Lord imagine my surprise

My surprise, my surprise, my surprise, imagine my surprise

Gimme green not this government
Explain to me where all my money went
To the grocery store to feed the poor
Out the window through the door
Any explanation would suffice singing

Everything’s all right lets all have a good night
Dance on the graves of our kids
When its all been said and done
And Armageddon’s reign motherfuckin’ war’s been won and
We can all go to Heaven God imagine my surprise

Coming From The Room

Written By: Hallway Heavies

Say butterflies love suicide
Chasing darkness dream another day
Violins meet violence
Music for the ones who will betray

Something in my head becomes clearer every day
Confusion clouds much closer to reveal

Now you can see
It’s not just me
I can never shun the god of rain
It’s blasphemy
Just to let it be
Bended knee and concrete meet again

I can only pray that we’ll meet again someday
From a distance to your ghost I’ll wave

One day comes around I’m sure the earth will quake
Primal screams and echoes from the cave

What can it be
I think I hear you
I think I smell you
I think your voice is coming from the room

Could it truly be
Could I be near you
I got to tell you
I hear something coming from the room

Or is it just me
I think I see you
I think I know you
Could I make you come inside my room

Your memory
A cold December
Yes I remember coming from the room

Coming from my room
Coming from my room
Coming from my room

God speed
Love and greed
Wasted day’s illusion in my mind
Bedroom eyes
Got me paralyzed
Thoughts and visions of the killin kind

I can only pray that we’ll meet again someday
From a distance to your ghost I’ll wave

What can it be
I think I hear you
I think I smell you
I think your voice is coming from the room

Could it truly be
Could I be near you
I got to tell you
I hear something coming from the room

Or is it just me
I think I see you
I think I know you
Could I make you come inside my room

Your memory
A cold December
Yes I remember coming from the room

Coming from my room
Coming from my room
Coming from my room

Still A Man

Written By: Hallway Heavies

Said I’m a mountain
Though deep within my soul I’m just a man today
Nothing seems to carry me too far away
Feet are planted firmly on this rocky ground
And silently I listen for the sound

Cuz I know something when you’re
Down at the bottom
Nobody above you to throw you some rope
There is someone
You can always believe in
There’s always one thing you gotta know, yeah yeah

Take a look at your reflection in the sky
How far off you sit and wonder why
Answer to the questions who am I
So far down inside

Said I’m sunshine
Though deep within my soul I’m still a man today
Somehow find that still I’m travelin through the rain
Washin every speck and stain of dirt away
For to clean my soul

Cuz I know something when you’re
Down at the bottom
Nobody above you to throw you some rope
Yeah there’s someone
You can always believe in
There’s always somebody you gotta know, yeah yeah

Take a look at your reflection in the sky
How far off you sit and wonder why
Answer to the questions who am I
So far down inside

For Your Love

Written By: Hallway Heavies

You wanna know why
I do those things I do for you
Its because
I gotta feeling inside of me real true
Girl you make me feel the way a man should feel
When I come home at night after work just feel right
You would be there to cook a meal
The perfect woman is a symbol for the perfect man
Girl I’m telling you this
Cuz I really need you to understand

Its for your love

For your love
I’d walk a million miles to get to you
For your love
I’d swim across the oceans for you
Its your love it drives me crazy and I don’t know what to do
For your love yeah your love

Day by day and night by night
I think about you loving me
You know you keep me feeling right
It’s the things you do
That got me feeling you
It’s the way that you love me
Oh I know that you love me and I love you too
The perfect woman is a symbol for the perfect man
Girl I’m telling you this
Cuz I really need you to understand

Its for your love

For your love
I’d walk a million miles to get to you
For your love
I’d swim across the oceans for you
Its your love it drives me crazy and I don’t know what to do
For your love yeah your love
For your love
I’d walk a million miles to get to you
Your love
I’d swim across the ocean for you
Its your love it drives me crazy and I don’t know what to do
Your love your love

For your love
For your love yeah

For your love

I’d walk a million miles to get to you
For your love
I’d swim across the oceans for you
Its your love it drives me crazy and I don’t know what to do
Your love your love its
For your love yeah
It drives me crazy and I don’t know what to do
Your love your love

Do you believe do you believe do you believe
Do you believe do you believe do you believe in love
Do you believe do you believe do you believe
Do you believe do you believe do you believe in love

Discography

2007 - So Far... (©2007 UltimaSongs Records)
2004 - Loco-Motif
2002 - Situation After That
1993 - Mother Have Mercy (single from the Iowa Arts Council Flood Relief CD)

Set List

A typical set includes originals and cover tunes by artists such as:

Steely Dan
Stevie Wonder
Frank Zappa
Weather Report
Jimi Hendrix
Grateful Dead
Prince
The Allman Brothers
Led Zeppelin
The Beatles
Aquarium Rescue Unit
Herbie Hancock

and more...