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Randy Newman offers COVID-19 advice in song

By | Published on Thursday 9 April 2020

Randy Newman

We’ve seen a whole load of COVID-19 related songs come out over the last few weeks. Thankfully, Randy Newman has written one now, so everyone else can stop.

The song was written for Californian public radio station KPCC. In a video posted on YouTube, Newman jokes that he was originally asked to say a few words on the subject of social distancing, “because of my scientific background – apparently there’s some disease that’s going around”. But, he says, “I wrote a song instead”.

Titled ‘Stay Away’, the song is actually quite a sweet ode to being cooped up with your family, in which he sings: “I’m gonna be with you 24 hours a day / A lot of people couldn’t stand that / But you can / You’ll be with me 24 hours a day / What a lucky man I am”.

He also has advice for parents, singing at the end of the song: “If the kids are frightened, tell them not to be afraid / But don’t let them touch your face”.

Yesterday a two year old spat into my mouth. Newman doesn’t mention anything to help with that.

Anyway, here’s the song: