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Two Thirds Of Our Lives [LP]

by The Last Domino

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Wake-Up Call 03:12
LYRICS --------- Can you not hear me? Are you in that deep? More important dreams Depend on reveille Noses to grindstones Fingers to their bones What have you to show For the seeds you've sown? Can't see your star? Weed somethin' away Punch out the clock; more time for the play Tired of living only one third of your life? Sleep when you're dead Here's your wake-up call Here's to livin' two thirds of our lives
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Flylashes 03:05
LYRICS --------- As I hold ubiquitous eyes On my dominion's life O' why should I feel lonely tonight? I've found I haven't spotted you 'round Does something keep you bound? This crown I'd gladly trade for your shroud You fly through my mind Escaping over again and over again A fly in your eyes You snare me over again and over again In this dormiveglian mist I feel your fingertips Our syzygy begins with your lips My guard has been dismissed to the dark I'm at your beck and call I'd give all mine for your dominion A fly in your eyes You'll snare me over again and over again The stars in your eyes I'll steal them over again and over again 'Til death
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The Heist 02:31
LYRICS --------- Hey, somebody tell me how this all went wrong Well, somebody lost their focus and tripped the alarm (Oh! I’m hit!) Who called the cops? Where did they come from? (Oh! I’m hit!) No time to run; it’s either them or us Hands down, they’re not takin’ us alive Put your hands down They’re not takin’ us alive tonight Hey, somebody want to check if the coast is clear? Well, I would, but sending you is a much better idea (No! That’s it!) I call the shots! I’m in charge here! (No! That’s it!) Then be my guests; I won’t shed a tear Hands down, they’re not takin’ me alive Put your hands down They’re not takin’ me alive tonight
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LYRICS --------- Off the ground, but you’ll never know How to cast a memorable glow Look on out your lofty window We’re the constellations below Been a while since the diamond days have shone I died again, but I’m still not etched in stone Compass led me as west as it would go Until it stalled, directionless, and broke As I did so Sought a sign on every city road But I found it when I paved my own Off the ground, but you’ll never know How to cast a comforting glow Look on out your costly window At humble constellations below Been a while since the firenights have glown But we are fueling a peerless inferno Living for something greater than our own Standing firm so we never ever go domino So look inside yourself for a long-lost shine And you might find that you will want to Off the ground, but you’ll never know How to cast a memorable glow Throw the blinds across your window Still, we’re constellations below Off the ground, how are you to know Whether others bask in your glow? Cast pride right out the window And join the constellations below It’s oh so much brighter down here with us No bridles out here where your head is clear Can’t hear with your head in the ozone
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Paperweight 03:19
LYRICS --------- All the memories, all of the times, and All the pictures we laughed and smiled in Well, it seems they were all just a lie Don't spray another poisoned word at me Lookin' back, it was not surprisin' Even if I had not surmised it Nevertheless, I'm gonna survive You've played your final toyin' game with me You know that shot of our hot sunrise in Japan? I burned the photo But the frame will make a damn fine paperweight I'm gonna trash the thoughts, and break away Peel the scab, and wash the stain away Go dancin' all the pain away I'm gonna dance it all away I hope you find some guy who can stand ya And that you purchase a nice new camera And when he sees through your decorative plan He'll tear that thing apart, and watch you fade They'll ostracize and brand ya And no hook will ever care to land ya And I'll be jitterbuggin', drink in hand 'Cos buried snapshots are your only trace You know that picture of us dining in Scotland? I hurled the photo But the frame will make a damn fine paperweight You know that shot of us streaking in Amsterdam? I kept the photo Plus the frame will make a damn fine paperweight
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LYRICS --------- Deifying I may be But good gods, she's heavenly Her blonde almost as dirty As we are in my daydream I never thought so high only to come so down With her ascent so high, it made me go so down And the most that I knew She liked her booze brown, and her jeans black She downplayed her body Just as slyly as her vibrati So many leagues away from me, I thought Now I swim in her sea I never thought so high only to come so down Her pedestal grew higher as my own sank down Not for tryin' to be cool She liked her booze brown, and her jeans... She cocked the gun so high only to shoot me down I raised her up so high, but she just wanted down And as far as I know She keeps her booze brown, and her jeans black
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LYRICS --------- Quit fuckin’ around; put your money where your gob is, boy Quit beating around bushes, and dislodge them, boy You may already have put your best foot behind you, boy So why not just dash through the caution signs, my boy? What are you waiting for? The right shade of green? What new excuse will you give me? “It’s not the perfect delivery”? Stop trying to hit me and hit me “Will legacy long outlive me?” “Am I just a facsimile?” Stop trying to hit me and hit me Quit fuckin’ around; put your money in your airwaves, boys Quit jerkin’ around in a circle of generic voices I know you must have some trace of uniqueness, boyos So why do you slap us with redundant redundancy? What are you waiting for? The right stack of green? What new excuse will you give me? “The game changes when you’re not indie”? Stop trying to hit me and hit me Is this your all? Are you shitting me?! What happened to your ability? Stop trying to hit me and hit me
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LYRICS --------- You sit there (in worship pose) Bleating (archaic prose) Repeating (a stale response) Until you forget the meaning (and go in hate) But we don’t (religionless) We live it (and love) How can He mean more to us than to you? You sit there (in Jesus’ name) Attending (spite-fueled campaigns) Defending (a den of thieves) The tables must be upended (re-educate) Judge rightly (appearanceless) As Christ did (in love) This is the Gospel according to John Stand up for what’s right like He would today
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LYRICS --------- I woke up on the wrong side of the board today To find that I was robed in black Always was the white knight to honor and obey And guard my house from blind attack It turns out that I have no business in such clothes Designed for those who know the truth Honesty’s a grey-hued element of oaths And empathy should die with youth I’m not cut out to be human No sleeves up which tricks can hide My heart is bared and illuminated I show my gambits with pride Pieces on my new side are fallin’ down in droves I’m cornered each way that I face The lightest ones among us deal the strongest blows And my steadfast ground is givin’ way Altruism was my suit, my shield, my sword Transparency my coat of arms But traits like that will get ya bludgeoned, pierced, and gored The animal that’s born of harm awakens I’m not cut out to be human No skin off which barbs can fly My teeth are bared and they’re salivatin’ Is this how most go through life? The tiles have shapelessly crumbled Crushed by these fiends in disguise Now the beast in me lumbers forward And so the world must abide My roar
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LYRICS --------- Max out the hose, and bang a gong (No sleep until we are dream-fulfilled) We’ve been adoze for damn too long Soak up that oxygen (Flame strong) Wind up your time again (Game’s on) Now is the finest when Just try to fire as you spy the reds of my eyes at dawn I’ll weather the hail, lest I find two thirds of my life are gone Keep stoked the fires behind the reds of your eyes at dusk Keep clenched the fingers of time before they refine to dust The unforseens are commandeering charge (Still shakin’ these harsh awakenings) So gnash your teeth, then don your spear and targe Fed up with bawlin’ fits (Hearts strong) Chin up; no callin’ quits (March on) Now we are all in this Just try to fire as you spy the reds of our eyes at dawn We’ll weather the hail, lest we find two thirds of our lives are gone Well-stoked, the fires behind the reds of our eyes at dusk Well-kept, our capsules of time, until they decline to husk Well, as we’ve seen, priorities’ll change Let not your prime focus be estranged Take the lead while no act’s prearranged (Fuel-pump all your veins) Vice-squeeze your fate (Pale-knuckle the reins) Reseize the day For once in my life I am alive For once in our lives We are alive

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released February 3, 2023

©℗2023 The Last Domino / Glow Of The Night Publishing

John Orr: vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keys, synthesizer, sequencing, alto saxophone

Written, arranged, and performed by John Orr
Produced by Luiza Carvalho and John Orr
Drums engineered by Wes DeBoy
Mixed and mastered by Luiza Carvalho

Collaborators:
Luiza Carvalho: additional vocals on 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, guitarscaping on 11
Jerzy Jung: vocal intro on 3
Kevin Kirk: additional vocals on 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 13, vocal arrangement of finale on 13

Cover photo by Morgan Dunbar, remixed by John Orr
Photo concept and model: Juliana Dunbar

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The Last Domino Los Angeles, California

John Orr has performed under the name The Last Domino since 2005. What began as acoustic singer/songwriter fare with his first EP blossomed into a unique style through subsequent releases that spans a myriad genres from rock to electronic to Parisian waltz. Domino shows are innovative one-man-army performances, layering organic loops & beats with various instruments like the saxophone & melodica. ... more

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