Domino, Parts 1 & 2

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a song post, partly because they haven’t performed well as far as response goes, and partly because I just haven’t gotten around to it. but despite the fact that my audience isn’t big into these things I’m doing it anyway. :p

My favorite two bands are tied, Triumph and Genesis. Today, lets take a look at a song I adore from Genesis. The official names to the two-part song are In The Glow Of The Night/The Last Domino. However, most fans, and the band, fondly refer to it as “Domino, parts 1 and 2”.

I’m not sure what it’s about. It could be about someone leaving the singer, it could be about someone the singer loves very much passing away and the singer not dealing well at all. Either way, I can’t decide if’s all symbolic of other stuff and the meaning is deep and I’ll have click in my head someday, or if the singer has gone nuts, but either way I love this song. Lyrically and musically. And even if I’m not entirely certain what it’s saying to the listener, the emotion in the music, and the emotion Phil Collins inflicts upon the listener with his amazing vocals (as always), says something to me. Something I just want to hear, again and again.

WFR, (without further rambling,) Here’s Domino, parts 1 & 2: (lyrics are below it).

The grey of evening fills the room,
No need to look outside,
To see or feel the rain.
I reach across to touch her,
But I know that she’s not there.
Rain keeps running down the window pane.
Time is running out for me.

Can’t you see what you are doing to me?
Can’t you see what you have done?
As I try to pass another long and sleepless night,
A hundred crazy voices call my name,
As I try to pass them by,
I almost can believe that she is here,
In the glow of the night.

Do you know what you have done?
Do you know what you’ve begun?
Do you see we shall never be together again?
All of my life.

Lonely people, empty rooms,
Pointless violence, silent tombs.
Could it be that we shall be together again?

Sheets of double glazing help to keep outside the night,
Only foreign city sirens can cut through,
Nylon sheets and blankets help to minimize the cold.
But they can’t keep out the chilling sounds.
Will the nightmare soon give way to dreaming
That she is here with me?
In the glow of the night.

Do you know what you have done?
Do you know what you’ve begun?
Do you see we shall never be together again?
Lonely people, empty rooms,
Pointless violence, silent tombs.
Could it be that we shall be together again?

In silence and darkness
We held each other near that night
We prayed it would last forever.

Blood on the windows
Millions of ordinary people are there
They gaze at the scenery
They act as if it is perfectly clear
Take a look at the mountains
Take a look at the beautiful river of blood.

The liquid surrounds me
I fight to rise from this river of hell
I stare round about me
Children are swimming and playing with boats
Their features are changing
Their bodies dissolve and I am alone.

Now see what you’ve gone and done.

Now you never did see such a terrible thing
As was seen last night on T.V.
Maybe if we’re lucky, they will show it again
Such a terrible thing to see
There’s nothing you can do when you’re the next in line
You’ve got to go domino.

Now I’m one with the living and I’m feeling just fine
I know what I must do
Play the game of happiness and never let on
That it only lives on in a song
There’s nothing you can do when you’re the next in line
You’ve got to go domino.

Do you know what you have done?
Do you know what you’ve begun?

In silence and darkness
Hold each other near tonight
For will it last forever?

There’s nothing you can do when you’re the next in line
You’ve got to go domino.

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