This little tune was needed as I had too many lyrics. Those that didn’t fit into “Where Will the Nighted Showman Go?”got moved here. (I also really love that little tune called Guide Vocal, on Genesis’s Duke album and wanted to do something, “spiritual,” like that, about a Christmassy memory).
When I was five
I gave a name to the day before Christmas Eve
It’s Domino Day, after the logo of a book from school
The dots increased, with harder sums and spelling for older kids
And on the day, I decided to invent and draw my own book
Copying the logo, as Jason’s Argonauts played on TV
Grandma said cwtch and you don’t need to think of school
Tomorrow’s Christmas Eve
And I still call the day (this day) Domino Day
This story is all true of course - I liked and was also scared by my nursery school, so drawing my own version of a school book was probably an attempt to control my fears and also express my love of designing things. My Grandma was wonderful and watched me excitedly, until a point where she said it was the Christmas holiday and I could afford to relax and watch an exciting film instead. It was Jason and the Argonauts and Ray Harryhausen’s genius films are still shown a lot before Christmas in England. I love them and strongly associate them with Xmas. Cwtch is Welsh for cuddle.