ON SONGWRITING IN QUARANTINE

Well here we are again, folks, a few weeks into social isolation or distancing or whatever it is, and probably plenty more to go.  Yuck.  Hope you’re all holding on and doing okay during all of this.

Couldn’t figure out where to start today.  I’ve written posts, done videos, and posted songs, but this week I decided to throw them all together, and wrote a song instead of a blog post.

The song, which came together in 20 minutes, “But… the Bank,” is the first I’ve written in over a decade, and after you hear it, you might think that a good thing, but I hope not.  I will, however, hedge my bets by warning you that I spent little time on this and practiced it twice.

The bright side to all of this pandemic is that, because business is slow, I can make songs and cartoons along with writing.  A shout out to Kiki who is working just as much and has hard as she did a few months ago to keep us solvent until things return to normal.

Need to get me some of them fancy mics like my professional musician friends have, but for now, we’re all iPhone, all the time.

Hope you enjoy, and if you want to sing along, lyrics are included below.

 

BUT… THE BANK by Paul Kleiman

Can’t go to a restaurant, can’t go to a show

Can’t sit on a beach, don’t want to visit Costco

We live in California, our Governor has great hair

He tells us all to stay at home, and we all say “we’re there”

CHORUS:

But the bank…. Oooh, yeah, the bank

Can’t go to Macy’s

Can’t hug a friend

But the bank…. Oooh, yeah the bank

BREAK:

Essential business, I understand

Liquor stores, dispensaries, (no longer contraband)

Gotta get your prescription, gotta get your food

The rest you buy on Amazon, the little stores are screwed

VERSE 2:

Getting up early on Friday, to don my gloves and mask

Head down to the local B of A to complete some random task

Got this account, 998 cents,

pay 16 a month to keep, that don’t make much sense

Can’t do this online. Social distance, what me worry?

I’ll don the hazmat suit and get out in a hurry

VERSE 1 reprise:

Can’t go to a restaurant, can’t go to a show

Can’t sit on a beach, don’t want to visit Costco

We live in California, our Governor has great hair

He tells us all to stay at home, and we all say “we’re there”

CHORUS:

But the bank…. Oooh, yeah, the bank

Can’t go to Macy’s

Can’t hug a friend

But the bank…. Oooh, yeah the bank

Thanks for reading/watching/listening, and have a great week!

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