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A Quarantine Song

As the urgent work remains of urging people to stay home, and as those staying home encounter true obstacles, I’ve been looking for ways I can contribute positively. I thought: I could at least write a song?

I decided to adapt/parody an existing song, one I wrote a year or so ago for work, called Cold Feet. In the original song, our characters are voluntarily self-isolating during a holiday season, and trying to make the best of it. I figured it would save me production costs, and still be quite thematically apt, to repurpose my own song!

I drafted 3 completely different lyrical directions, and finally landed on this one. The vocals were recorded in one take, at night after the kids were in bed, but rather than over-doing it, I’m embracing the low production quality and hoping it reveals the real-ness of our moment.

Maybe somebody in your life isn’t staying home enough, and you want to passive-aggressively send them this song, hoping to inspire them. Or maybe as a nurse, doctor or frontline worker, you need an appreciation anthem. Or perhaps you’re just working hard to socially isolate and physically distance, and you’re a little bit done with it all — this song might encourage you to keep going.

Lyrics:

Isolate
True that you gotta hide away
We’re in quarantine
Cause of COVID-19

Stay at home instead of heading out
Stop the virus spreading out
So the curve is flattening
Gotta keep that happening

If this quarantine
Makes your life a little awkward
Don’t break quarantine
Think of the nurses and the doctors!

Staying at home tonight
Is saving the world tonight
Do your part staying far apart from everyone
Singing a quarantine song
Hoping you sing along
And that peace will have increased when this is done

Suddenly
Here in quarantine
Yes, your body’s home
Baby, your soul is free

Maybe while we’re all confined
In the quietness we can find
Human kindness
Right there inside of us

Though this quarantine
Makes your life a little awkward
May this quarantine
Turn into an unlocked door

Staying at home tonight
Is saving the world tonight
Do your part staying far apart from everyone
Singing a quarantine song
Hoping you sing along
And that peace will have increased when this is done
(Repeat x 2)

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Adapted from the song “Cold Feet,” written by Kevan Gilbert, original production by Isaac Karns.

1 reply on “A Quarantine Song”

Nice work Kevan. Good message. We are on the same page as you! All our family has been sheltering in place since last Sunday Totally subscribe to short term pain, long term gain. God bless!!!

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