NOTE: After many months playing just fine, the video may now (Jan 2022) be playing out of sync. If this is happening for you, I hope you'll return and listen again some time when this is fixed!
How to tell: the word "checked" should be more or less simultaneous to the appearance of the gun in the fourth line.
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Lyrics, melody, bass & percussion programming, instrumental edit by me.
Banjo/guitar by Garageband.
It's Not the COVID-19 Song
It’s not the mask that I must wear
It’s not the urge to disinfect
It’s not that I can’t cut my hair
It’s not my temp’rature being checked
It’s not the distance I must stand
From all my friends I cannot meet
It’s not that I can’t shake their hand
And when I see them, cross the street
It’s not the coughing in my arm
It’s not the kilos I can’t hide
Or constant state of mild alarm
It’s not the president that lied
It’s not the work that’s all online
It’s not the curve we all must bend
It’s not the curse of quarantine
Or that I’ll never kiss again
It’s not the lines a mile long
Or seeing the world through fogged-up specs
It’s not the Happy Birthday Song
It’s not the end of casual get-togethers
It’s not the places I can’t go
It’s not the lack of PPE
It’s not the WHO
It’s not the freaking CDC
It’s not the grinding hours on Zoom
It’s not the closing of the shows
Or beach vacations in my room
It’s not the swabs all up my nose
It’s not the weeks and months inside
Or the things I cannot do…
It’s that, through all this crazy ride,
I can’t be there, alone,
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Words and Song
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All instruments courtesy of Garageband, including Peach Cobbler banjo/guitar loop.
Animation by Jasper.
This is actually a decent example of toplining: placing words atop a pre-existing instrumental track. While I programmed bass and certain percussion, the banjo/guitar "song" is an existing loop offered in Garageband, which I only had to edit a bit for structure.
Vocal recording and quick mix by Tobias Schaller at Zwo18 Tonstudio, Erlangen, Germany.