~Farewell Captain Charlie~

WordWulf By WordWulf, 11th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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~My son is a master of instruments~he’s a guitar man by choice but plays them all~engineers music & video in his studio~creates rock videos with his brother~the circle of life & family is open when we unite in rituals of creation~seems like we were talking and arguing away~

~Farewell Captain Charlie~

In the seventies and eighties I spent most of my free time singing in a rock band, Fly By Night. This was a family project, which consisted of my two younger brothers and a brother-in-law. We wrote about half our material, played CCR, Doors, Elvis. etc. as covers in whiskey bars. The brother-in-law was from an affluent family in Maine and instructed we three poor boys in the art of music. He wrote the music and I the lyrics. He was a rock guitar player and had little use for slow and thoughtful lyrics. I needed to go there and finally got tired of arguing with him, saved up some pennies, and bought myself an old Vox Jaguar keyboard and a Fender double reverb amp. I had no idea how to play the damned thing so I took some guitar charts from the garage and figured out some basic chord structures. Farewell Captain Charlie is the first song I wrote, lyrics and music, by myself. The guys in the band refused to play it. Decades later I had to sing around a lump in my throat when my oldest son, Tommy said, “Hey Dad, let’s get this one down and put it on our next CD”. He’s a Metal Music man and a helluva guitarist, plays lead guitar in the group, Illicit Sects. He's a good son, knows how to reach in deep and touch the spirit of his father. Farewell Captain Charlie is an electric/acoustic cut taken from our Bloodline CD, Tommy on guitar and me singing my favorite old song.

~Farewell Captain Charlie~
seems like we were talking and arguing away
when I walked out the door to see the sunny day
vaguely I remember what it meant to kiss your lips
but then I’m sure you know how my memory slips
yes how my memory slips
yes, I really loved you more than I can tell
I followed you to heaven; we ended up in hell
there’s nothing more surprising than seven yesterdays
I’m thinking of tomorrow, all that I can say
oh, all that I can say
is farewell captain charlie
bright and sparkly eyes
patches on your blue jeans
a teardrop in the sky
a teardrop in the sky
yes, farewell captain charlie
all good things must end
molded plastic kingdom
boys turn into men, boys turn into men

you’re beautiful today; I’ve never seen you cry
saturday mornings weren’t meant for cold cold goodbyes
wouldn’t life be simple if everyone were you
we’d never have to wonder what to do or not to do
what to do or not to do
monsters live in darkness, angels in the day
captain charlie’s always there to chase demons away
I know you can help me; we’ve all done this before
there’s a message on the wall, a red light at the door
oh, there’s a red light at the door
so farewell captain charlie
bright and sparkly eyes
patches on your blue jeans
a teardrop in the sky
a teardrop in the sky
yes, farewell captain charlie
all good things must end
molded plastic kingdom
boys turn into men, boys turn into men

I’ve gone to live inside myself, there I’m gonna stay
deep inside my own creation, live my life away
I found her sort of living there, maybe she was dead
cold and still, warm inside, messing with my head
she was messing with my head
there she was, captain charlie, on his pillow there
that is how she went away, her fingers in his hair
oh, captain charlie, I’ve protected you again
don’t you know that we can never be what we have been
oh, be what we have been
so farewell captain charlie
bright and sparkly eyes
patches on your blue jeans
a teardrop in the sky
a teardrop in the sky
yes, farewell captain charlie
all good things must end
molded plastic kingdom
boys turn into men, boys turn into men

well, farewell captain charlie
bright and sparkly eyes
patches on your blue jeans
a teardrop in the sky
a teardrop in the sky
yes, farewell captain charlie
all good things must end
molded plastic kingdom
boys turn into men, boys turn into men
boys turn into men, boys turn into men

~Listern to song on Original Music Page~~Tom (WordWulf) Sterner~
~Of Lips, Mother & Wine~
~Warrior Angelo~
~Haunting Me~

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author avatar Denise O
15th Feb 2011 (#)

I just love the lyrics and I am so glad your son has decided to go public with it. It has to do your heart well and speaks volumes of you as a father. Good to know you my friend.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar WordWulf
16th Feb 2011 (#)

I'm enjoying getting to know you as well. It is an incredible feeling to recreate music with a young man who was born the year I wrote the song.

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