Diamond Days & Firenights [2 LP]

by The Last Domino

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released November 11, 2008

John Orr - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, keys, synth, beats, programming, kazoos, beer bottle pan flute, alto saxophone
All songs written, arranged, and performed by John Orr
©2008 Glow Of The Night Publishing (ASCAP)
1.06 written by John Orr and Matt Stutzman
1.11 written by Billy Corgan (lyrics) / The Smashing Pumpkins (music) - ©1995 Virgin Records America Inc. (used with permission)

Instruments produced by Matt Stutzman and John Orr @ Pungent Sound (Durham, NC)
Vocals produced by Wes DeBoy at Wes DeBoy Recording (Muncie, IN)
Additional vocals on 1.02 and 2.09 ("The Rescue") produced by Eric Day @ Attic Recordings (Bloomington, IN)
2.10 recorded by Eric Day @ the Indiana University student union building (Bloomington, IN)
Mixed by John Orr @ House Of Boy (Indianapolis, IN)
Mastered by Eric Day @ Attic Recordings

Violin on 1.06 and 2.03 by Matt Stutzman
Additional vocals on 1.02 and 2.09 ("The Rescue") by Marie Buckingham, Peggy Larkin, Cameron Oehler, and Ian Oehler

Artwork concept and layout by John Orr
Photography by Phil Kijak except for performance photo by Brent Dragoo and disc face photos by Karen Regan


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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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Track Name: 1.01 - 11:11
Honey, look now, way up high
Focus on that star
Close your eyes and concentrate real hard
Tell no one under the sky
What it is you see
Tell no one, oh no, not even me

Soon you will know just what the future promises
But all that matters now is that you make a wish
So make a wish
Track Name: 1.02 - Diamond Days & Firenights
I'll keep my eyes up tonight

Gimme somethin' of past desire
Dreams of long ago
Gimme somethin' untainted made of glistening gold
'Cos my globe is cracked and leakin'
And out falls the snow
So gimme somethin' undamaged onto which I can hold

Diamond days & firenights
Make a mark and make it shine
Bright enough to see from satellites

Well there's no shame in dreamin' of a future age
Where all your aspirations haven't been whisked away
So I'll keep my spirits hopin' that the road will pave
And gimme somethin' that I can carry off to my grave

Diamond days & firenights
Draw your eyes up to the sky
You won't distinguish us from the moonlight

Keep your eyes up
We are the sunlight
We are the starlight

Honey, look now, way up high
Focus on that star
Close your eyes and concentrate real hard
Track Name: 1.03 - Rift
'Round nine o'clock on Monday
A sudden rift divided you and me
The air between us thickened
It formed a wall and I just can't explain it
Honesty is all the rage in my world, so tell me straight
And cut this tension
I knew it was comin'
But what I expected was not like this
You're not like this

To what do I owe this swift turn of events tonight?
Please shed some light
The wheels were turning, then all motion abruptly ceased
And I flew from my seat
The silent treatment doesn't remedy any blow
Far as I know
Is this how you like it to go?
Then I'll go

By nine o'clock on Sunday
The rift had widened to a canyon's size
I tried to hunt for answers
But it proved a pointless exercise, a waste of time
Your excuse, my little song won't put right what's been put wrong
And I don't care to
'Cos if there might be some way
Don't think that I would bridge the gap between
This space between

To what do I owe that swift turn of events that night?
Please shed some light
The wheels were turning, then all motion abruptly ceased
And I flew from my seat
The silent treatment isn't working as you prescribed
'Cos I don't mind
If this is was all your design, I'll keep that in mind next time
Next time? Yeah, right
Track Name: 1.04 - Midwinter Massacre
Down by the farmhouse in old Edentown
That's where the first of the lot had been found
His limbs and his mouth were wire-bound

Mother lay inside the house, bruised and burned
Headless, along with the boys and the girls
What in the world did they do to incur Discordia?

Now the police search the dead winter night
With all the regalia, the hounds and the lights
Try as they might, they'll never find me
Track Name: 1.05 - Last Call (Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bottle)
I don't remember what was said when I caught you two in bed
But now I sit here drinkin' shit beer, chasin' Johnnie Walker Red
It's not the fact you wrecked my world, or that you left me for a girl
But now supposin' the bar is closin', I've got no place left to curl

So barkeep, please don't shout last call
Or I might just end it all
Just keep it comin' with the alcohol

I never touched one drop with you. I knew it would upset you to
But now I slump here drinkin' skunk beer, chasin' Johnnie Walker Blue
The more I drink, the more I see I don't need you to comfort me
Through empty bottles and beer I've got total clarity

Oh barkeep, please don't shout that call
Or I might just end it all
Just keep it flowin' with the alcohol

Oh, when tomorrow comes around, where do you think that I'll be found?
I've had enough to kill a full-grown cow
Oh, when tomorrow comes around, I may be six feet underground
But I'll still have one more for now

I saw your face when dawn had cracked. You pled with me to take you back
I soaked the reverie in when everything went Johnnie Walker Black
I'd just remembered what was said, but seeing your face had calmed my head
And I'd let bygones become bygones if I could return again

Oh, when tomorrow comes around, do you think that I'll be found?
I had enough to kill a full-grown cow
And when tomorrow comes around, looks like I'll be six feet underground
Too bad I never had that final round

This was my last call for someone's aid
Now it's the last call for Heaven's train
If only you weren't too late
Track Name: 1.07 - Loophole
Here I am, back in the city where nobody sleeps
Lost in the throngs of those I've conjured up in the dream
Just as I'm rounding 2nd & 46th
Blue eyes are peering from behind the fence

Jumping from rooftop to rooftop and spreading my wings
I land on some moon and enjoy all that silence can bring
And just when, at last, I think that I am free
Red curls are peeking from a crater next to me

You always find a way into my dreams
No matter how I try to escape
I travel city to city, from planets to other planes
Yet you always find some way into my dreams

I've prided myself in my ability to control
Everything happens here because I make it so
But throughout it all I guess I should have known
Only you could be the one to find the loophole
The way into my dreams
Can't count the times I've tried to escape

I still see you when I wake, and it haunts me throughout the day
'Cos you'll always find some way into my dreams
Track Name: 1.08 - Perpetual Motion Machine
I knew a girl who beat cancer by sheer force of will
Doctors and treatments weren't the answers, nor were the pills
I fear I haven't the might to make similar strides in my life
I just stew in my brine with my back burners all set on high

She traveled on to heal those with her old affliction
Conquered all fears and achieved more than she ever pictured
But I'm the grandfather clock, the bicycle attached to a beam
The record after it's ended, the perpetual motion machine

Zero to ninety in seconds mere
Ain't that impressive in neutral gear
Track Name: 1.10 - Tracks In The Snow
I found the ring right away, indicating you'd gone and won't come back
I hoped and I prayed that there might be a way we could patch things
Alas, things can't change, but if that's the case, why'd you say, "now and forever"?

Now who's gonna put the spark in your eyes?
And who's gonna sing the songs that you like?
And who's gonna light the fire in your life?
Just who's takin' you home tonight?

Tracks in the snow, that is all that I'm leaving behind me
When I reach that field on the outskirts where we used to lay, then it's over
I drove here to stay and always remain, seeing your face now and forever

I'd shift the car out of neutral
I'd even pull out the key
And I'd take the hose out the window
If you would only come back to me
Track Name: 1.11 - Muzzle
lyrics by Billy Corgan (used w/ permission)
Track Name: 2.01 - Let's Try This Again
She left her house with just a bag of odds and ends
And hopped the train just as the doors were closin' in
Diamond days & firenights are what she says you gotta live for
"What do you live for?"

Sorry I can't be the one to follow suit
My nerves are caged, I can't bear what it's like to lose
Yet somehow I always succeed in playing the muse
"Just take your chances, no second glances"

I've been down this road before
But where it forks ahead, I don't know the way
I finally got my torch to glow
And I'll try this again right now
Let's try this again right now
Will someone show me how?

Somethin's stirrin' up inside my world of glass
Ever since that fateful year had come to pass
The hand of fate slapped me directly on the ass
To make me cry and start my life

So now I'll grab my own little bag of odds and ends
And hop the doors before they shut me out again
These diamond days & firenights sound pretty splendid
Will they be there when I get there?

Only time will show me how to live
But I know where to begin
Breaking through this shell's the key to the end
'Til then, "whoa-oh-oh..."
Track Name: 2.02 - Dark Alleyway
I'm beginnin' to think that all of my missteps
And my mortal sins can't be all my fault
You told me from birth it was a condition
But you were dismissin' that it's a part of us all

It's what I seem to tell all of my patients:
"Don't let your hatred go without a fight"
If only you had done the same thing
I wouldn't have changed into what I am tonight

And so you create an animal
I don't owe you anything at all
But I can promise you one thing
I can promise you won't wanna meet me in a dark alleyway

Way back when, all the drugs and therapy sessions
Resulted in less than you, doctor, had prayed
Even the beds with straps and electrodes
Had only fed those demons lurking in wait

It's unfortunate that I had to lie and
Pretend to deny that which I truly maintain:
There's nothing wrong with the mind's dark corridors
And to try and ignore them is what makes us insane

I was starting to think you wouldn't come

But you just had to test me
Now you must understand
It'll end here in this dark alleyway
Track Name: 2.03 - Definition Of Love
We are all caught up in the notion that love should be like a movie scene
Catch the perfect fish in the ocean and swim carelessly downstream
It's easy to believe that life is scripted with wine and roses and destiny
We can't see the focus has been shifted from the facts of reality

Love is not that fantastical
It's living here, not in some made-up space
Love is not that impossible
It's just a matter of the time and place

Take a sec and ask yourself: how do you define love?

She'd been trying to hold her heart together; patches and glue were not enough
With the help of one simple gesture, the vessels healed and fixed right up
So she's simplified her expectations: what is versus what could be
Thanks to the one who showed her such dedication
Guess dogs have one on humanity

Love is not that intangible
Look around, you'll find its reach is vast
Love is not unattainable
Dwelling on the future, you'll get nowhere fast

I am one to talk, I've discovered
I'm just as bad as all the rest
Searching for a concept, not a lover
Perfect would never be the best
But why should I resolve myself to less than a chimerical life?
Knowin' when it comes, but all the while wishin' for more
It's a double-edged knife

What love is not; that's the problem here
Too caught up in the notion, too focused on what love is not
I keep forgetting to summon the happiness
That those times have brought

Another week, another year, and maybe I'll define love
Track Name: 2.04 - An Intervention
What happened here?
Why does everyone look so glum?
Let's have a beer
And drink to health if we've lost someone

She said, "I'm sorry, but I hate to be
The bearer of bad news
Truth is, you're hurting us
And now it's time for you to choose"

What can I say?
I never knew you all felt this way
But on my grave
I swear to all of you that I can change

So have no fear
I'm a brand new man tonight
Just give me one more beer
Then I'll turn over any leaf you'd like

She said, "I'm sorry, but I knew you'd say that
And I wish it was not so
Although it tears me up
I think it's time for me to go"

What can I say?
I never knew that you felt this way
But on my grave
I swear to you right now that I can change
I can change...
Track Name: 2.05 - On Your Mark
There you were, just a button away
And suddenly you were part of my life again
Memories broke through the floodgates
So it seems that the years were unkind
We share similar scars now and we've both grown
But a doubt still whispers

On your mark, set, ready to go
Ready to trip me again?
I'm not fallin' for it
Ready to trap me again?
I won't stand here waitin'
I'll place a bet this'll end in record time

Moments are passing you
You've got a lot of catchin' up to do
Can't see the finish line?
Pick up the pace or quit while you're behind

Pardon me, you'll have to forgive
I didn't mean to start right in like that
It's just a force of habit
I can't believe what you're sayin' to me
If this is true, well, then anything's possible
Pigs really do have wings

On your mark, set, ready to go
Ready to trip me again?
I'm not falling for it
Ready to trap me again?
I won't take the bait
Ready to push me again
And cross the line?
If you can't see it to the end
Just quit while you're behind

Still taking bets this'll end in record time
Track Name: 2.06 - Alone
You threw a curve the night I learned
What you fear the most
My eyes had burned and my stomach turned
Because I couldn't let you know

You've got a virtual army
Of those who would concur with me
Between your strength and your allure
You'll never be alone

You may infer I have some nerve
But you've got to know
For what it's worth, it shook my earth
When you said you'd always be alone

Our road was short and winding
But my word is always binding
So if it'll help you rest assured
You'll never be alone
Track Name: 2.07 - Girl With The Rhino Skin
She has the face of a woman
Young, but toughened, almost wooden
A curse she received in her youth

Only a girl of seven
When her mother taught her a lesson
One called "the ultimate truth"
She said, "Girl, don't count on anyone
And you'll never be let down"

So how do you propose to begin
To open up to your fellow man
When you can't even see that your skin is porcelain
But it's as thick as cement?

I've done my share of neglecting
Those who would warrant protecting
But you only see target boards

Don't be afraid to be human
We're stronger than you assume
We are more than you give credit for
Now, girl, just have an ounce of faith
And you may just be astounded
Track Name: 2.08 - Ellipsis
...but what if you taught me a lesson?
What if you were right?
What if we're all really what you say?
What if you were right?
I should check my defenses if you were right...
Track Name: 2.09 - The First Time I Died (Pt. I - The Discovery, Pt. II - The Descent, Pt. III - The Climb, Pt. IV - The Rescue)

I'm going on a journey tonight
Can't delay no more
Don't even think about waiting up
It'll be a while

I'm gonna find out once and for all
What I truly am
And if I catch your scent on the trail
Coming from behind

I'll cut the rope
And watch the bridge fall to the other side
So you won't be able to follow me in

I traveled on and onward for days
Turning into weeks
No sign of anything even close
To a guiding light

At last, I had come to a place
Where the trees cleared off for miles
A pond that reflected the black above
Drew me to its edge

I watched as the water
Showed me something on the other side
I saw what no one should ever have to see

I saw what I am
My true nature
Water so cold
I dove right in


The first time I died
The guests walking by weren't sure what they were seeing
A fog left me blind, a rush left me numb
What a way to ring in the new year

I heard a gentle voice on the way out
Guiding me to my resting place

(O Discordia!)
She said, "Don't be afraid to let go"

The first time you die
The breath of your life drifts away, leaving you hollow
No tunnels of light or flashes of past memories
Just smothering darkness

You might hear a voice on the way out
Difficult not to obey


When I got to the peak
I found a rope lyin' next to me
Stretchin' up to eternity
I gave a tug on the line
And shot up into a big bright light
So brilliant that I had to shield my eyes

To you,
The one who pulled me up
And saved my life tonight

All metaphor aside
I revere your undimming light
I don't think lions could have more pride
...there I went right again
It's hard to stop when I grab this pen
Without a sign, with no sign of an end

Thanks to you
Know just what you have done?
Here's to you,
The one who always returns
To save some other's life

Three cheers for never coming apart
Through all your trials sustained
Three cheers to your generous heart
Know I appreciate
Hip, hip, hooray!

Time will show me how to live my life
But I've learned that there's good within mankind
From the first time I died
Track Name: 2.11 - 12:34
I've brought you here on a slight intuition
That you need something more in your life
And so I must make a bold proposition
With the help of some friendly advice:

'Treat your days like diamonds
Make every one shine
And light up a fire in your nights'

The hour grows late and I've grown tired of stalling
Soon I will make my wish

This sidewalk leads all the way to the tower
But you know that already, my dear
My nerves numb me, but I'm regaining power
As the mantra repeats in my ear:

"Treat your days like diamonds
Make every one shine
And light up a fire in your nights"

So just ahead, where the bells have been calling
Is where I'll make my wish

The time has come, but I want no intrusion
I'll just wait for this last passerby
We'll stop right here and I'll address your confusion
Reaching into this pocket of mine

We'll treat our days like diamonds
Making every one shine
And we'll light up the fire in our nights

I'll take your hand, and to my knee I'll be falling
And I'll hope I get my wish

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