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September 17, 2011

Rupert's People - Reflections of Charles Brown (1967)

Originally being compared to The Kinks when formed in 1967, this band had far too many lineups for having only released three singles. One of their members, Peter Solley, went on to play with Procol Harum. Another member, Steve Brendell, played the maracas on John Lennon’s Imagine album.

This song is the band’s best known hit under this name. They also performed under the name Les Fleur de Lys. This song was released at the same time of Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” and has also been said to have a very similar sound. As it turned out, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” was a huge success and overshadowed the marginal success of this release. I think that if you enjoy one, you’ll enjoy the other.

Rupert's People - Reflections of Charles Brown

Rupert's People - Reflections of Charles Brown (1967)

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Lyrics:

Charlie Brown works hard all day
Doesn't get home ‘til the sky’s gray
Sees his children tucked in bed
He's the man that gets them fed

Sits down by the fireside
The tears fill his eyes
The winds blowing
And the storms a-growing
Aren't you glad you're inside?

What a quiet life he's had
Don't you think it's very sad?

Stays in bed ‘til 10 o'clock
On his weekly one day off
Takes his kids down to the park
‘Til the sky starts getting dark

What a quiet life he's had
Don't you think it's very sad?

Monday morning comes so fast
Makes him wonder
How the time goes past
Another week of grunt and grind
Another week's HP to find

What a quiet life he's had
Don't you think it's very sad?

3 comments:

  1. What a fine song. There's certainly some Procol Harum in there but more than anything, it has such a similar musical sound to Axiom's song, "Fool's Gold," that I couldn't believe it.

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    1. I had never heard that song before just now after searching for it on YouTube. You're absolutely right, they're incredibly similar! Axiom must have been influenced by this track; it's almost too coincidental.

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  2. Agreed! It's too similar to not be a coincidence.

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