OK, I'm not a complete idiot when it comes to all things music theory, I can hack my way through figuring out the notes in bass cleff if given enough time, but this circle of fifths has me stumped. PLEASE, If you are going to give me the prodigy answers, dont bother, I don't understand them. You all know, the regular responses: Its the 12 chromatic pitch...Blah, Blah, Blah OR It goes 1 sharp then 2 sharps then 3 sharps OR If you read it backwards it's the circle of fourths ETC... I have the books that say all of that stuff already. But I just plain do not get it. I know that it must be important because I have seen it everywhere. My problem is everytime that sit down and tell myself that I am going to figure this out, I just get frustrated and throw the books aside. It's like it is written in a different language. Can anyone please explain it in a manner that a common man can understand? Does it have to do with chord progressions? What key the song is in? I seriously haven't even found a description of the circle of fifths that clearly explains why it is necessary to know it. Thanks in advance.