When Elephants In The Room Dance With Skeletons In The Closet [LP]

by The Last Domino

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released October 10, 2010

John Orr - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, piano, toy piano, keys, synth, beats, programming, melodica, cello, alto saxophone
All songs written, arranged, and performed by John Orr
©2010 Glow Of The Night Publishing (ASCAP)

Produced and mixed by John Orr @ The Closetless Bedroom (Indianapolis, IN)
Drums on "Clonazepam Blues" and "Self-Destruct Mode" produced by Wes DeBoy @ Wes DeBoy Recording (Indianapolis, IN)
Mastered by Eric Day at Attic Recordings (Bloomington, IN)

Artwork concept and layout by John Orr
Painting by John Orr
Insert photo by Rachel Rubenstein


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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: Meet Our Lovely Contestants
Bachelorette number one
Our lives had but just begun
To find your place in the sun
Our threads were forced to come undone
And irony's hand then led you to your one true one

Bachelorette number two
Compassionate ingénue
If not for your different view
No end to what we could do
Regardless of our cloudy ending, I see blue skies for you
I still see great things in you

Bachelorette number three
What further proof do you need?
What more do I have to be
To turn your head just one degree?
I've wanted you just as badly as you don't want me
...as you don't need me
Track Name: Of Elephants And Skeletons
Sweet melatonin, please kick in soon
And take me far from this room
Bring dreams of goodness for goodness' sake
The ones that make me fear to wake

The elephants are on parade again
Left trails of ruin everywhere I've been
If I'd just kept my mouth shut all along
They'd still be in their rooms where they belong

I won't get in the way of you no more
Find the beasts and grab them by the tusks
Tear them out and grind them into dust

When comes the mornin' through eyelids dark
And brings the gossip of the larks
Leave me to dreamin' for goodness' sake
'Cos I'm left without you when I wake

The skeletons are out to dance tonight
Shakin' their noisy bones right by your streetlight
If I would only lock that closet door
I may just learn a lesson or four
And not get in the way

I won't get in the way of you no more
Find the ghouls and club them in the ribs
Crush the skulls and bury all the remnants
Track Name: Clonazepam Blues
Stop the presses
He's on medication
Oh, stop the presses
He's on medication
Well, honey, it ain't no ruse
I got clonazepam blues

Firebomb his house
He's sellin' medication
Oh, let's firebomb his house
'Cos we don't understand why folks need that medication
Well, y'all are so fuckin' confused
Can't see you're the reason
Why I got these clonazepam blues

Start the presses
He's on medication
Oh, start the presses
We gotta vilify this motherfucker in our magazines
Just for takin' his medication
Natural versus artificial, no happy middle
There's only clonazepam blues
Track Name: Self-Destruct Mode
Someone spare a light
I don't smoke except for when I'm givin' up a fight
See that girl eclipsing all other beauty here tonight?
I could take her with me if I tried

But I'd just leave a mess
If she never even meets me, then it's for the best
So I drink another cause of (and cure for) this loneliness
Enduring one more winter in the Midwest

If you could see me now, you'd surely run
It's takin' all I've got to keep away from you, because
If you could see me now, I'd surely want to
Initiate the sequence so that I'd self-destruct

I need a warming touch
UV lights and sleeping pills can only do so much
So I fill up with whatever brings that temporary rush
And focus all attention on my grudge

At 9pm, a Kamikaze at the bar
The wind exhaled far from "divine"
By 3am, I've got an army for my war
My elephants and skeletons in line
Track Name: Pink Sunset
I wonder how well this boxcar's latched
I feel like I'm slippin' off my tracks
But I've dug my grave
This rickety train with only a few bails of hay
Will act as my final restin' place

A wide open door, a perfect view
But there's nothin' to see here except you
A cloud covers the sun
Remindin' me of the way that your lip hovers above
That one tooth that, when bared, lights up your face
And mine

But I have to know
If I even made one iota
Of difference in your life at all
Before my time is gone
But you won't hear me call

The sun's settin' pink, but it won't last long
It's a beautiful end; a fitting swan song
I refuse the dark
Gonna light up a spark to rival the sun's brightest spot
And like it, I'll go out in a hurtlin' blaze
Track Name: My Own Medicine
A beautiful thing, the word "unrequited"; it rolls off the tongue like a wave
But stings at the teeth, much like when venom flows out from the bite of a snake
It melts through the bone, leaving me without a semblance of skeleton left
To show that I became something I never had planned

She don't have the time
Don't have the room in her mind to make space for a guy
Who tries all he might to sweep her clean off of her feet
She don't have the sight
Can't tell that she's made of finer than roses and wine
The sensory high, the savor in all that I eat

But a spoonful of sugar won't help my own medicine go down

A curious thing; my actions and dialogue always were under my rule
But roles were recast; I was the prince and now I'm playing the part of the fool
A clown sentenced by karma's judicial and ill-fated chain of events
I just don't understand what anyone could have against happiness

She don't have the time
Can't even quite justify any known reason why
I pass through her mind as strangers would pass on the street
She don't have the sight
Can't tell that she breathes the life into every night
The wind in the kite, the essence of everything sweet
Track Name: How To Keep Warm During A Blackout
Your hands are frozen to the touch
Your lips the color of your empty glass of blush
Your eyes reflect the playful, dancing candlelight
They mirror your intentions with me tonight

Quick flashes of your silhouette;
Gifts brought to me by lightning, thus I'm in its debt
Still, it's no match for our tinder and flint
Even Zeus would be envious of it

Killin' time with you when the power dies
A celebration of pre-electric life
We generate enough energy tonight
To spark a flame and keep this whole damn town alight

Forget the world as it exists
We'll make a new one on foundations of our bliss
And when we build up to that final precipice
We'll commemorate the end with one climactic kiss
Track Name: Jealousy In D Minor
I blow the dust off the old fingerboard
And clear the webs from the bench
Poised and ready to play the first chord
As I see your old fingerprints
A glass of gin and some wilted rose blossoms;
The company that I keep
I smudge the marks that you left, and get lost in
The depths of my jealousy

One day you will see me

You could fix this broken record
If you'd allow just a kiss
Then again, my wounds might simply fester
With the salt from your lips
I'm through hiding behind metaphors
Done sugar-coating the truth:
If I hadn't blown the whole thing years ago
I might be here with you
Track Name: (What's So Fucking Great About) New York(?)
(What's So Fucking Great About) New York(?)

Three times now it's taken those that were dear to me
And tempted them with promises of what they're meant to be
Sir Andrew and Sir Frank have got nothin' but love, it's true
I say the bigger the apple, the much, much bigger the bruise
I ask you:

What's so fucking great about New York?

January's just around the corner now
Spread the news: I'm starting my own countdown
My shoulder just gets colder, so I'm warmin' back up out west
With my wagon bound pacific, destiny will manifest
So I ask:

Why keep going to a place that always rains your plans out?
Track Name: In Another Life
She walks along the avenue
Her dress soaks with the rain
She checks the flower in her hair
And hums a tune

It could be that da Vinci
Prophesied her face
And patterned the golden ratio
With her in mind

Don't tell me I'm lost
Don't tell me I'm wrong
Don't tell me it's time
I abandon this hope

Love was my specialty
I thought I knew it all
But then my definition changed
To something new

It's taken every part of me
To realize I can't cage
A soul meant for the universe
Not just for mine

So maybe this weight
Should finally be dropped
Maybe it's time
I abandon this love

Maybe in another life
We'll dance
Track Name: Alexandra, Annamarie, And Everything I Ever Wanted To Be
There are so many of us
Oh so many of us
We've forgotten how to trust
With all the times we've been left behind in the dust

But I was wrong
To think that I could brave this world alone

With so many of us
Oh so many of us
Who go betrayin' your trust
Remember not to hold all the rest in disgust

See, I was wrong
And you'll never have to brave this world alone

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