On 23rd March 2020, the UK went into its first lockdown.
The two year anniversary seems an appropriate time to re-release this original from I wrote in Novemeber 2020, following a subsequent lockdown.
The genesis and development of the song …
@TheMadman_tobyjenner shared a track - Attestation Blues [No.32 on this list]. It prompted me to start firing off random nonsense song titles to fit in with the covid theme. a] Locked Down & Lonesome, b] Panic in the Pandemic, c] Your Love Just Infected Me, d] Keep Your Virus To Yourself, e] Your Breath Is Sweet, Your Kiss Is Deadly.
Trying to get to sleep that night, one of them nagged at me and started forming into a lyric. The next morning I pushed and prodded a little to see what would come. I got some iffy lyrics, a little melody and a country song in waltz time. It took just an hour or two and I recorded it in the moment, no real run through, no practice or rehearsal, just a spontaneous moment of ‘I have to do this this right now, this instant’.
It is notable for its lo-fi quality. It is also notable for the second take fumbling guitar playing. This is not a one-take. Take one had errors I couldn’t live with. Take two has flubs galore but this was meant to be silly and I thought ‘the heck with it’.
It is also very notable for being the exclusive, the first, the world premiere, of me singing in public. Yes, I did go on and perform at a few Community Open Mic events. This was the first ever foray into sharing my vocal. Please excuse the singing. It is meant to be a comedy song tinged with pangs of realism.
I present for your entertainment, amusement and what-not:
Locked Down And Lonesome
Video version (a collection of stills):