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Dominoes

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Egypt Station Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2018
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Dominoes” is a track from 2018 album “Egypt Station“. From “Words Between The Tracks” YouTube series:

One of the interesting things about songs is they often come from something that happens in your life, and your song is the reaction to it. It could be something very small. You just sort of have an argument with someone and you can just go off and think “I’ll just play guitar for a while, get out of it, you know, get over it”. And this kind of started like that.

So it’s just a people song about how things are really all right but they don’t always seem to be alright. And then I got this image of dominoes, you know, when people line up those millions of dominoes and then they drop the first one and it goes through this whole sequence. So I imagined that as being symbolic of life and, you know, how one little action can have such a big effect on this huge line of dominoes.

And then when I recorded it, it seemed I wanted to do it very personally as a sort of personal song. You know, even though he goes through all this stuff, and all these dominoes fall over and life goes on and in fact in the end it’s okay.

Paul McCartney
Each track of “Egypt Station” has been given individual artwork that was first published on Twitter on August 14, 2018

Last updated on September 9, 2018

Lyrics

In time we’ll know, it’s all a show
It’s been a blast
As time goes by, we’ll laugh and cry
It’s in the past
We can start to begin
Living in the world we’re in
From day to day, we’ll fight and play
For what we need
We’ll soon forget, we ever met
And disagreed
We can start to begin
Living in the world we’re in
This is it, here and now
We can find our way
Somehow
And lines of dominoes are falling
Into place ignoring everything in their way
And all the telephones are calling
Constantly imploring us to come out and play
And soon we’ll see, that you and me
We’re really friends
We broke the code, and walked the road
That never ends
We can start to begin
Living in the world we’re in
This is it, here and now
We can find our way
Somehow
And lines of dominoes are falling
Into place ignoring everything in their way
And all the telephones keep calling
Constantly imploring us to come out and play
We’ll take our turn, and try to learn
To sing and dance
We’ll hedge our bets, with no regrets
And take a chance
We can start to begin
Living in the world we’re in
This is it, here and now
We can find our way
Somehow
And lines of dominoes are falling
Into place ignoring everything in their way
And all the telephones keep calling
Constantly imploring us to come out and play
In time we’ll know, it’s all a show
It’s been a blast

Officially appears on


Egypt Station

Official album • Released in 2018

5:02 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Bongos, Brennel guitar tape loops, Co-producer, Drums, Electric guitar, Harmonium, Harpsichord, Vocals
Keith Smith:
Engineering assistant
Greg Kurstin:
Backing vocal arrangement, Engineering, Marimba, Producer
Steve Orchard:
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham:
Engineering assistant
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent:
Mixing
Michael Freeman:
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco:
Engineering
Billy Bush:
Engineering
Julian Burg:
Engineering
Matt Tuggle:
Engineering assistant
Collin Kadlec:
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard:
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell:
Mixing assistant
Rob Millett:
Cimbalom

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


Egypt Station (Deluxe edition)

Official album • Released in 2018

5:02 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Bongos, Brennel guitar tape loops, Co-producer, Drums, Electric guitar, Harmonium, Harpsichord, Vocals
Keith Smith:
Engineering assistant
Greg Kurstin:
Backing vocal arrangement, Engineering, Marimba, Producer
Steve Orchard:
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham:
Engineering assistant
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent:
Mixing
Michael Freeman:
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco:
Engineering
Billy Bush:
Engineering
Julian Burg:
Engineering
Matt Tuggle:
Engineering assistant
Collin Kadlec:
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard:
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell:
Mixing assistant
Rob Millett:
Cimbalom

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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