Here’s the third song from my Song Cycle The Miser’s Will
Watermen’s square was inspired by the building of the same name near where I used to live in Penge, south London.
What’s it about?
Some watermen on the Thames, dredging up a misshaped iron skeleton, dragging it back to the titular square to examine it, only to have the black-clad executor of the will turn up and claim it. Which scares them a bit, cos they hadn’t told anyone they’d found it.
What’s going on musically?
It’s all arpeggios and getting confused between major and minor. I often find it useful to state something in the minor, then directly contradict that with the major version.
I also like the percussion in this. It’s all weird clanking samples and boxes being hit rather than real drums. And the synth stuff is pretty too.
One of my best songs this, even if I do say so myself.