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Sleeping on Trains (Part 1)

from Peeling Onions Volume I by hally



This song is very obviously inspired by Dave Brubeck’s Take Five, he is a huge inspiration for me and I like to call him “The Gentleman of Jazz”. This piece is part 1 of an aural and visual journey which tries to describe my adventures travelling on the No. 6 Subway Train up and down Manhattan, my futile attempts to stay awake late at night after a gig downtown as i traveled home to Tove’s apartment up on 110th Street. I would ride the train all night, waking up at the Bronx or on the lower east side, never @ my stop.


Music And Lyrics By hally
(C) hallymusic 2017

Will Dowling - Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax
Dave Redmond - Upright Bass
Kevin Brady - Drums
Saoirse Casey - Backing Vocals & humming

Recorded, Mixed And Mastered by hally @ Arthouse Studio
Brass Arranged by hally

Thanks to Gary for the second pair of ears

Video by hallymusic....
This music video was directed by hally and the original footage was shot and graded by Colby Moore. Colby is a Writer/ director based in NYC and also a maker of short films and city montage videos. His work is amazing, check him out on
The footage was remixed and re edited by hally at Arthouse Studio.


Sleeping on trains, I'd slip away
This place in time, my last resolve
The no. 6 is really quick
I'd ride all night.

Sleeping on trains with a guitar case
I dream of you and a cheap fare
The village awoke @ 6 am
From the last orders of yesterday

Sleeping on Trains as the morning shakes
My eye’s wide all night from the cracked streets and the crippled doors
And who speaks but that little man with no legs and bitten hands
He cares for a dram
and a little peep

Sleeping on trains while the whole carriage are on time
The next light, the last stop
The Village yawned from conditioned air
On the east side of the wrong track
To the low end
I must yield


from Peeling Onions Volume I, track released January 8, 2017


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Hally is an independent musician, songwriter and producer from Ireland. 2017 sees the launch of his project “Peeling Onions” consisting of 52 pieces of music, one song released every week for a year. Hally is an experimental indie singer-songwriter with jazztastic undertones, he invokes musical composition, visual art and the written word to realize his creations. ... more

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