Covid19 Is In This Town, Lyrics

This song is to the original The Other Side, from the film The Greatest Showman. The video will be posted below ours.

Lucy was supposed to perform music from this movie for her choir concert that was cancelled. It seemed appropriate to make another music video. She wrote all the lyrics herself.

And so we present to you…the Jones’ Public Service Announcement. A music video in which rebellious mom wants to go outside but her daughter won’t allow such dangerous behavior.

Will mom get out? Or will the daughter win the day and convince her to stay inside?

You’ll have to watch to find out (apologies that the mother in this video cannot sing to save her life. Let me suggest you listen to the daughter).

The lyrics are below so you can sing along.

 

Lyrics:

Right here, right now

You need to hear me out

Don’t want to chase you down

I need to warn you

You stay at home

Even though you’ll be alone

Into your walls you really need to stay in

Don’t be rebellious its really for the best

And if you’re hungry eat a bunch of candy

You can play it sensible, get TP and canned beans

Or you can risk it all and see.

 

Don’t you dare to go outside

And stay away from everyone in sight

The disease is in the air and its starting to spread around

Covid19 is in this town

Cause you can go and get sick

Or you can be healthy

Stock up on food and wash for 20 seconds

Oh yeah you can’t keep going around

Covid19 is in this town

 

Okay my friend you wanna keep me in

Well I hate to tell you, but it just won’t happen

I can’t stay at home

I gotta go outside

I’ll just go mad in the house I stay in

I’ll use handsoap and even wear a mask

But I’m not going to stay

not eve-en o-one day

Wha-at will I do     if I’m stuck with you

No way that it’ll ever be

 

I’ve got gotta go outside

And I talk to everyone in sight

Though corona’s in the air I just can’t be alone

I really cannot stay at home

You can be alone

I’m gonna go free

Not gonna stay if I know I won’t be happy

Oh yeah I’m gonna walk around

I really cannot stay at home

 

Now is this how you’d like to spend your days

TV and misery, video games

 

If I let myself loose it’ll probably be bad

I’d get the disease and have to breathe from a bag

 

But you would finally live a little, finally laugh a little

Just let me give you the freedom to dream

 

But it’ll make you cough and cause your AKING

Don’t wanna help the virus in spreading

Not a disease that seems worth getting

But I guess I’ll leave that up to you

 

Well its intriguing but to stay would be so boring

What are some things I could do with my time wisely

 

Fair enough you’ll want a little bit of action

It’s a really good time to work on fractions

 

That’s school, that’s boring. I’d like something fun to do

 

Why not just go ahead and try an instrument or two

 

Puzzles?

 

I’d do crafts.

 

Baking

 

Legos

 

Fun!

 

Don’t you dare to go outside

And stay away from everyone in sight

The disease is in the air and its starting to spread around

Covid19 is in this town

Cause you can go and get sick

Or you can be healthy

Stock up on food and wash for 20 seconds

Oh yeah you can’t keep going around

Covid19 is in this town

 

So you can go and get sick

Covid 19 is in this town

 

Or you can be healthy

You’ve convinced me to stay home

 

Don’t cough or sneeze

At Any single time

 

Covid 19 is in this town

 

 

And the original

Covid19 in France and Morocco, Guest Interviews

This week I had the immense privilege of sharing my first two interview podcasts (after the interview with my daughter, which was awesome because she is awesome).

I spoke with Laurie Meberg about her family’s decision to stay in France and also about how all five of them (all FIVE) have had covid19. She describes what the illness felt like, the fear of going to the hospital and what might happen there and whether or not they would see each other again, and how her family is already thinking of how they can serve in their community when they come out of quarantine.

And then I spoke with Jessica Dame, who used to live in Djibouti. Her family left Morocco, expecting to be gone for three days on a visa run. Now, weeks later, they are still not home. They are currently in London, with the few bags they originally packed, and learning to survive and even thrive between two homes.

These expatriate covid19 stories are incredible. They made me cry, they made me laugh. The way these women are surviving this trauma with grace and goodness, the way they are able to see beauty and hope…it is inspirational. Of course things are hard, of course they have their hard and bad moments, but they also demonstrate resiliency and creativity.

I know you’ll be touched by these stories. You don’t want to miss them!

Quiz: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Just for fun. Don’t take this too seriously.

What are your results?

Fear and Hope in an Age of Disease Excerpts

Here are portions of the April 4 podcast episode. You can hear me read the whole essay through the link. It is outdated already, I wrote it barely three weeks ago. But part of this whole podcast diary thing is to keep a record and I’m willing to say things have changed, even while looking back at what I thought before. That’s part of the process. I’m done with stories that are told from the end point, where everything is wrapped up and has nice conclusions. I’m fascinated by the process, by other people’s processes. That shows how we grow and change and that gives me hope.

If this is too heavy for you, for now, check out our hard rock video (though I have heard it made people cry – different kind of cry) or the episode offering tips on how to wipe your butt without toilet paper.

…What concerns me is the power of corporate fear in the West, specifically in my native country, the USA, the way fear drives people into isolation, ethnocentrism, and self-centered hoarding. The way fear erases empathy and skews common sense.

What concerns me are the answers to these questions: What are we afraid of? What does fear do to relationships? What are we going to do with our fear?

We already live in an age of suspicion, prejudice, and isolation, fueled by anxiety and misplaced faith in the fragile façade that we are, or should be, invincible.

In the West, we worship the god of safety but this god can make no promises. This is a god crafted out of our own delusions. Delusions that we are stronger alone, that we are not interconnected and interdependent, that health corresponds to morality or superiority, that we are in control, and ultimately, that we will get out of this whole thing alive and unharmed if we only prepare well enough.

These delusions reveal an underlying ambition of making ourselves into God. Or, if we can’t be God ourselves, we demand our politicians play the role. Then we are free to abdicate responsibility for our own choices, our own cruelty, our own neglect of the refugee and the homeless, our own rampaging of the planet, our greed and selfishness.

What our human made systems have to offer will not save us. Build the walls. Close the borders. Shut your doors. Buy all the toilet paper and canned beans. Be afraid. Don’t concern yourself with your diabetic neighbor, your friend who needs chemo medications, your coworker with high blood pressure. Save yourself. And if you can’t, find someone to blame…


…You probably know what the flu feels like, maybe you even know what COVID-19 feels like. Do you know what fear feels like? Have you ever taken note of how your body responds in moments of fear? Pay attention.

Fear is a tunnel that grows increasingly narrow the longer I remain inside. Vision constricts until I can only see what is directly in front of me, no peripheral sight. My body constricts, too, pulls in on itself as if it were trying to physically avoid contact with fear. Sounds blend into a cacophony and it is difficult to discern specific voices or words. I experience what I anticipate because that is all I can absorb.

Fear is a dull ache in my lower back, as though my kidneys are slowly expanding and putting increasing pressure on my skin. It is marbles, the big glossy shooters my kids collected in elementary school, lodged above my clavicle. Fear is a long, lumpy worm, wriggling in my stomach and disturbing the contents of my lunch…


In some ways, fear is like hope. Experienced in the body, resting upon uncertainty, looking to the future with anticipation.

How else is fear like hope? Have a listen to Episode 19: Fear and Hope in an Age of Disease.

We’re Not Gonna Get It. The Lyrics.

Just in case you want to sing along with our version of Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It, here are the lyrics.

Also, the original music video is totally worth watching. We didn’t master the makeup but I think we did the hair pretty well.

Here is the Joneses’ version and down below I’ll paste the original Twisted Sister version.

We’re Not Gonna Get It (by the Joneses, aka Twisted Sister in a Time of Coronavirus)

 

We’re not gonna get it

No! We ain’t gonna get it

We’re not gonna get COVID19

 

We’ve got hand sanitizer

We wash for 20 seconds

This is our life. We’re stuck at home.

 

I’ll do the online school, fine

Don’t judge my video game time

Where are my friends? I’m all alone

 

We’re not gonna get it

No! We ain’t gonna get it

We’re not gonna get COVID19

 

Oh I’m so bored and antsy

There’s no point in dressing fancy

The school is shut, no work to do.

 

My life is stuck with these two

Pray that I will make it through

We’ve got TP and we’ve got canned food

 

 

Corona

Corona

 

We’re stuck (in Djibouti!)

We’re home (alone)

With luck (yeah)

We’re healthy (for now!)

 

We’re not gonna get it

No! We ain’t gonna get it

We’re not gonna get COVID19

 

We’re not gonna get it

No! We ain’t gonna get it

We’re not gonna get COVID19

 

Insha allah!

 

(music)

 

Corona

Corona

 

We’re stuck (in Djibouti!)

We’re home (alone)

With luck (yeah)

We’re healthy (for now!)

 

We’re not gonna get it

No! We ain’t gonna get it

We’re not gonna get COVID19

 

We’re not gonna get it

No! We ain’t gonna get it

We’re not gonna get COVID19

 

Just you try to infect us

 

We’re not gonna get it

No! We ain’t gonna get it

We’re not gonna get COVID19

 

Come on! You’re all coughing and sick

 

We’re not gonna get it

No! We ain’t gonna get it

We’re not gonna get COVID19

 

 

We’re not gonna get it

No! We ain’t gonna get it

We’re not gonna get COVID19

 

Don’t try to cough on me…

(we hope!)

 

 

And the original.