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:
Good to hear this again, happy times. Yeah right ! I won’t be resurrecting my virus buster again, especially as the Parisians are back in these parts at their country homes! Ah like they were in “confinement”. Interesting Lockdown and Confinement, what sounds worse ?
Great sound and wonderful text …and this is extra funny this morning because the light cold virus that my wife and I have this week turns out to be corona just find out… so quarantine and not completely lonesome here…
Strange, I don’t recall this one, but the memory is fleeting, so who knows? At any rate this is a nice original. I like how you varied up the lyrics, in the near repetitive areas. To me the song was kept fresh by doing so.
Your vox to me was really good. I would not “hide” that voice of yours Richard! You fit well into the song and the vox made it go! Guitar play was good and sounded great. A well done effort all the way around.
The bug, being a life changing ordeal has it’s equal and this song is it!
@SandyMusic Thanks for listening Sandy, I’m glad to have brought a smile to your face.
@jkahn Thanks for the fine compliments, much appreciated. People have commented that my vocal ‘suited the song’ so I’m not going to blather on and argue against that despite my own doubts about my singing.
@DavidP Thanks, as always, for your positive support when I do manage to make time for my own guitaring and creative enjoyment. You’re a stalwart you are! And yes, that’s a compliment haha.
@woodroe Thanks for listening. In my original post are some suggested song titles - you’re welcome to run with one and join in with making the covid compilation album!
@roger_holland Thanks for the very kind words. Fingers crossed your covid has fully passed with no serious issues. At least with you both being infected you can still continue with the hugs and kisses! haha
@LBro Thanks indeed. Very high praise and I appreciate your comment a great deal/
@SgtColon I’m glad to bring some laughter to your life.
@JanKR1953 A warm welcome to the community Jan and I am flattered that your first post is a comment on my song. Thank you.
listened again with great pleasure.
this is one of the coolest waltzes I’ve ever heard.
wonderful lyrics. Richard, thanks for posting them, without it, I would not have been able to enjoy the song to the fullest.
Thanks for sharing.