Tusks And Ribs

by The Last Domino

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released November 11, 2011

all songs written, arranged, & performed by John Orr
1-5 ©2011 Glow Of The Night Publishing (ASCAP)
6-8 ©2008 Glow Of The Night Publishing (ASCAP) - originally appearing on Diamond Days & Firenights

produced September-November 2011 by John Orr @ Stone Creek Studio in Austin, TX

1 & 3 mastered by Eric Day at Attic Recordings in Bloomington, IN
6-8 recorded live 12/30/10 @ Locals Only in Indianapolis, IN, and feature Dave Evans (drums), Matt Foster (bass), & Kevin Kirk (violin)

photography by Brent Dragoo
cover photo edited by KT Moon // FIDAMO
body paint by Joy Carter



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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: Toby The Lionhearted
To a paragon
Of all the traits in us I hope should carry on
A light that'll ne'er be gone
As loyal as the captain of the Pharaon
And just a hair beyond

I'll amass it all
The courage and the heartstrength of a mastodon
And I'll pass it on
We'll build a babylon
With foundations made from all the good that has lived on
In you

And if the stars fall from your eyes
And memory's forgotten
I'll still love you
And if you're longer for this world than me
Just know my last thoughts
Will be of you

She moved on from me
The friend like you I had, but who could talk to me
And in all honesty
Words are useless if they only end up faltering
And forming walls between

So I let it go
And wondered if a pure, unbiased love could yet be known
My guess was no
But then my testimony changed
Upon my realization of what's best of all
In you
Track Name: Come With Me (The Elephants And Skeletons March On)
Dear serotonin, please kick in soon
I've got so many things to do
And I can't begin them without your help
So please put my mind on somethin' else

I was savin' all my money in the hopes she'd come with me

I wrote her an opus; she wrote me off
Just closed the door and turned the lock
So don't let me sleep in for goodness' sake
'Cos even in dreams she turns away
Track Name: Queue
I know...I got it
Last one, I promise
Purging the remainder
Of my heart's container

It's funny how the lovers, oh, we never learn
We paint the portraits that we know we'll likely burn
But living in a picture based on fantasy
Is warmer than accepting what will never be

My point has long been proven
I'll step down as you wish
So I guess there's nothing left to say...

No, wait, wait

Why this doesn't cease to ache, I'll never know
Can't put my finger on why I'd still take yours to adorn
So browse your line of suitors; I'll stay in my spot
I'll stand here at the end and throw you everything I've got

At the back of the queue
I'll wait in line for you
Track Name: SOS
Major Stone to Ground Control
I can't read you anymore
Instruments are failing
And my skin is paling
So I'll give you one last report

Jerry and Elise are already gone
The suits are no match for the cold
And I don't think it's gonna be very long
Before I go

I don't want a story about me
I just want your arms around me
If you can still hear me
You know all that I've seen
But you're the only thing that astounds me

Sarah Ophelia Stone
I love you
Track Name: Let's Try This Again [Live]
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: Girl With The Rhino Skin [Live]
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: Bottle Lover's Waltz / Last Call (Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bottle) [Live]
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