Stay Home

from Bright Future by Baba Brinkman




And ye though I walk
Through the valley
Of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil

For I know that coronavirus
Is not evil
It’s a mindless biological agent

A tangle of RNA in a lipid sheath
That evolved to replicate itself inside of cells
Just as we evolved an immune system to repel it

This I know because of science

Folks in my section
Like askin’ questions
Takin’ measurements
Testin’ hypotheses
About how policy interventions
Limit the spread of infection

Natural selection
Only game in town
You can find it any place a replicator is found
I’m DNA-based, and staycation-bound now
‘Cause there’s a new replicator in town

Takin’ the crown
RNA-based with a lipid shell
Soap can rip it apart, so give it hell
But just in case, update your living will
Shelter in place, regardless if you’re ill

Stay home!
Reduce transmission rates
When it’s too late to contain, mitigate
When there’s no universal test you can get
No contact tracing just community spread

Stay home!
Survival of the biggest introverts
Bend the curve, end the surge, revenge of the nerds

Who stay home!
‘Cause intuition is hollow
“Y’all need to listen to the models”

And stay home!
It’s not a hoax, not a joke
“This is their new hoax”
In November gotta vote

Stay home!
Let the message go viral
Instead of infection, it’s so vital

To stay home!
And watch Contagion
Runnin’ from the viral invasion with Matt Damon
Isolation, double-front campaign wagin’
Against the virus and misinformation

Wrap it up in public, mask and glove it
Ask the Czech Republic, you don’t have to love it
When the floodgate’s open you just have to shut it
The Wuhan plan ain’t nothin’ to muck with

Now that’s government in control of its citizens
No civil liberties, and no COVID-iots
No Floridians open for business
No governors who don’t know about symptomless

Spread – now a doctor’s havin’ a talk with her kids
About the plan in case she’s not gonna live
Workin’ a shift with no personal protective equipment
Which is somethin’ no president ever could’ve predicted

Especially one who never paid attention, sleeping
Through intelligence briefings, the seeds have been

Sown for years, corona’s doing the reaping
With grieving loved ones doing the weeping

Stay home!
Protected “respirator style”
Or watch the curve rise up “escalator style”

Stay home!
Stop damaging MDs
And EMTs – “oxygen, they can’t breathe”

Stay home!
It’s not a joke, not a hoax
“Like a miracle”
Register to vote!

But for now, stay home!
Let the message go viral
Instead of infection, it’s so vital

To stay home!
Stay calm, stay sanguine
We had some bad luck mutations in a pangolin
But I don’t give a plasmid about who first brang it in
I just wanna see how administrations handle it

And buy time to develop a vaccine
In a year, maybe two, optimistically
COVID-19, nobody’s immune system works
Anyone can get it from Prince to Prime Minister

So, be careful where you get your info
On Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
SARS Cov 2, this is just the intro
You can reduce fatalities tenfold

Stay home!
This is triage, beyotch
No need to see a concierge, use a kiosk
Social distance is the best shot we got
Don’t let the germ win by fiat

Stay home!
The next victim might be you
Five percent are “guaranteed to be in ICU”

Stay home!
This is Russian Roulette
“People jumpin’ over people just to rush to the set”

Stay home!
Antivax activists
How about it, ready for shots after this?

Stay home!
Let the message go viral
Instead of infection, it’s so vital

To stay home!


from Bright Future, track released April 12, 2020
Lyrics by Baba Brinkman
Producer, Mixed and Mastered by Mr. Simmonds
Additional Bass by Mark Fitzpatrick


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