WEEK 33/52: Father Charles

This is a bit of a weird one. Where to begin…

The chorus of Father Charles goes, “Battle Ends And Down Goes Charles’ Father.” This is taken directly from an acronym used in music to help remember the Circle of Fifths (a beautiful chart that illustrates Western music theory). B, E, A, D, G, C, F is the order that flats are added as you go through the keys in the Circle of Fifths. This is also reversible – in which case, the phrase becomes “Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle.” A neat trick.

Going with this military imagery, I wrote verses describing a military conflict of some sort – a losing battle – and the only person who could save the day was a commander named Charles (or maybe his father?).

But there’s also a duality of meaning in the verses, in that they describe my feelings of being a musician in an age where it’s all been said and done, and where ubiquitous music and general apathy make it difficult to get people to care about one’s music. In trying to create something original, I often approach composition from the mathematical angle of the Circle of Fifths.

In other words, I resort to Charles’ Father. – Steve

Music/Lyrics: Steve Cruickshank

Production: Steve Cruickshank


What do you say, when it’s all been done
And what more could you ask for
The company came, and crashed in the front
So we went out the back door
And reported to Charles’ Father

Battle ends and down goes Charles’ Father
Battle ends and down goes Charles’ Father

Picture yourself in a boat on a river
Picture that boat in hell
On a thirteen month op we tried to deliver
But the crew didn’t fare too well
We resorted to Charles’ Father

Battle ends and down goes Charles’ Father
Battle ends and down goes Charles’ Father
We were friends but somehow we never bothered

Where there’s a will, there’s often a way
And where there’s smoke there’s fire


About brunswickproject

Every week, Steve Cruickshank and Joel Buxton meet in Joel's shitty kitchen, unplug the fridge, slug whiskey, and create a song. For 52 weeks. Or 'til somebody dies. Check out a new track on Soundcloud every Tuesday. http://www.soundcloud.com/brunswicktunes
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One Response to WEEK 33/52: Father Charles

  1. Ashley Mc says:

    This song leaves me with a very melancholic feeling, in the good way, of course. Well done, Steve.
    – Ash

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