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Do Good Better.

 

I started another new thing.

I would love for you to join me in doing good better.

Are you a wanna-be do-gooder?

Do you want to help without hurting but aren’t sure HOW?

Are you confused about how to embody your faith in the world?

Are you tired of hot takes and throwing stones and want to dig deeper into untangling the messy middle of faith, development work, cross-cultural relationships, and humanitarian expatriate life?

Me, too.

We can do better but we need to help each other.

So, I started this new thing because…why not?

Compelled to create, maybe? Stuffing the coronavirus despair perhaps? Sure, whatever.

Do Good Better.

Check it out.

We’re going to have hard and challenging conversations over there because I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m pretty sure you don’t know what you’re doing either. But we both feel compelled to keep on trying, to keep on doing something, to dream of a better world and hope that we might have a part to play in inaugurating and celebrating it.

Come on over and subscribe!

It lives at Substack and is a subscription-only newsletter. For now, it is free but soon will be moving behind a paywall because producing things, sending newsletter, maintaining the website, these things are not free.

I would love for you to join me because I need your input and wisdom as we wrangle.

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By |April 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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.

New Hymn Ideas Like, “Tender Mother Hen”

A question:

Why don’t we ever sing songs about God, our Tender Mother Hen? (Luke 13:34)

I heard a song a few months ago that was about going out and bringing home the head of my enemy. I know the “enemy” was sin. I get it. But it wasn’t an image that inspired worship. At least, it didn’t inspire worship in that moment. Maybe it is just me, but the image of myself holding a bloody head, separated from its body, while useful in appreciating how serious I should take the fight against sin, wasn’t one I wanted to summon while singing in church.

So I wondered if we could have some songs with different kinds of imagery? This made me consider various passage of scripture that present God in unconventional ways. By unconventional, I mean ways in which God is not commonly thought about in our current culture. I do know that there are some lovely songs out there. Just making suggestions for more.

Maybe a song-writer would like to write a song about God, our tender mother hen.

Or God, Glorious in Breastfeeding? (Isaiah 49:15)

Or God, holy in giving birth? (Deuteronomy 32:18)

God, beautiful in bearing the people? (Isaiah 42:14)

God, strong as a mother bear? (Hosea 13:8)

God, tender as a comforting mother? (Isaiah 66:13)

God, like a poor widow persistent in pursuit? (Luke 15:8-10)

I’m not a singer or a song-writer. I have zero musical talent. But I’m sending a call out to those with talents in this realm. Please write us a song about God, our warrior mother hen, gathering up the chicks and sheltering us, providing for us, loving us.

 

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