‘Diamond Dog ‘ is a song that was written ten years ago. In my physical world, diamond dog is the small, bronze statue that my brother Tom brought me back as a gift when he visited Namibia in 1997. This large headed, dog-like figure has sat on my mantle-piece for years now and witnessed this song being written.
There are periods in life when you simply do not know what to do. You don’t know what you should be focusing your energy on and devoting your time to. You have a feeling that you are missing a trick. You carry a sense of unease about you because you feel in your heart that something is not right. Whilst you maybe accepting of the path that you are on, you feel you have an opportunity to point your life towards a particular goal, but cannot figure out what that goal is. Metaphorically, this is a diamond doorway which you are trying to open, if only you could solve the riddle.
It was this enigma of life that I was pondering when I sat down at the piano and wrote this song. My new born son was lying on the floor at the time. He was asleep and poorly which gave me a rare opportunity during that chapter of life, to write a piece of music.
These periods of uncertainty in life generally pass through you in waves. Following this wave of doubt and indecision comes a very active phase of life where you become so swept up and consumed by simply living that you don’t have the space to ponder your existence and purpose. Then, every now and then another wave of contemplation. In my experience the key to finding the rhyme to get through the diamond doorway is achieved by altering your state of thought, rather than undertaking an actual physical action. By learning to accept things the way they are and by not attempting to control your environment, life pans out just as it should – and you find yourself on the side of the diamond door that seemed so out of reach earlier on.
The live performance below was filmed at The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham during October 2015.
Diamond Dog found it’s way onto ‘Ember’, an album by ‘Orangutan’ that I recorded with Neil Muttock and Joe Holweger, released in 2008. It is the opening track to that album, recorded in Priddy, up on the Mendip Hills. Below is a link to the original recording of this song…..
“Diamond Dog” (Holweger, Lawton, Muttock)
Buy the album ‘Ember’ here – on iTunes.
And there it is again, the diamond doorway
And here it is again, the rhyme with answers
If you can, figure it out
I’ve been here before and I didn’t buy the answer
I just found a way
It’s not like that this time, coz I’m sure
That everything is just running its course
A lifetime, a dreamtime
And he’s lying there almost motionless
Got a world around, gonna show him love
I’ve got things to solve, I’ve got things to see
Got to work out now how to take my thing
To the next stage
And still create
And not suffocate
And all time will gather, around, and surround in laymen’s terms
And there it is again, there’s talk of a revolution
Is it evolution?
So sit down and hold on tight
Coz there ain’t gonna be no fight in my story
Coz my conviction is my own
I believe that everything just comes and goes around my friend