Coronavirus may have shocked us with its unprecedented spread and taken a toll on human lives. But in the midst of all the negativity and doomsday-predictions, there are moments of mirth. One such moment was when Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale repeatedly warbled "Go corona, corona go" or rather “Go karuna, go karuna… Karuna, go”, with a poker face, as the Chinese Consul General in Mumbai, Tang Guocai, stood next to him sporting a ‘sorry, I am at the wrong place’ expression.
Though the peaceful candle march may not have helped in containing the spread of the COVID-19, it did give birth to a trance remix, created by an enterprising set of musicians. Pune-based DJ Vaibhav Londhe gave the chant a trance mix by using “Go karuna, karuna go,” as a hook. However, he interspersed his catchy mix with public service announcements encouraging people to maintain physical distance.
Give it a hear!
Judge if you must, but there’s no denying that since then these songs have been stuck in our heads - earworms - as some may call them. As is the case with Baba Sehgal’s Namaste Corona Virus, inspired by Prince Charles (who was recently tested positive for coronavirus and is since receiving treatment in Scotland) practicing the Namaste.
Even the hip-hop-inspired Dhinchak Pooja’s Hoga Na Corona, which we wouldn’t recommend viewing.
Since it’s nearly impossible to have a conversation at the moment that does not in some way revolve around the virus, almost everyone’s been rolling out coronavirus-inspired songs – from aunties singing aarti to the lyrics of “Corona Bhaag Ja, Bharat Main Thaaro Kaain Kaam Re, Corona Bhaag Ja” (What work do you have in India?) to the tune of singer Narendra Chanchal’s “O kitthon aaya corona, Maiya ji, kitthon aaya corona (But where did corona come from, oh dear mother, where did corona come from).
However, seeing potential in this very trend are governments and citizens alike, who through a slew of songs are encouraging hand-washing, social distancing, and other best practices to combat the deadly virus.
So, put your headphones on and lip-sync to these coronavirus songs:
When Rashmi Shaarvi, a "vocalist, composer and
dancer" according to her Twitter bio, shared her corona-rendition of American-Cuban
singer-songwriter Camila Cabello's Havana song, Anand Mahindra, the
chairman of Mahindra Group, retweeted it making the video go viral.
"Corona… ooh… na na. All of my mind is in corona… ooh… na na…. We’ve got
obsessed with sanitizers… Masks have become the fashion statement… We might
also get it if we’re not hygienic…ooh..na na..,” go the lyrics.
For the Deputy Commissioner of Hafizabad, Naveed Shahzad, it
was Shah Rukh Khan's Suno Na Suno Na song from the film Chalte Chalte that got him inspired. In his
version of the song, Shahzad urges people to practice social distancing, avoid
physical contact, and most importantly to wash their hands and avoid panic
In China, the nation where the virus originated, movie and
music icons such as Jackie Chan, Wang Leehom, Xiao Zhan, among others banded
together for Believe Love Will Triumph, which has now become the
nation’s coronavirus anthem. The We Are the World-style anthem has lyrics
that go “For you, I fight with my life even in the face of a rainfall of
bullets… Through the door of life and death, I promise not to leave… The
hardest thing is to let it go… I will stay calm for you," help instill
assurance in people that together, they can overcome the pandemic.
Comedian Dana Jay Bein re-wrote the lyrics of the popular
Queen song, Bohemian Rhapsody and called it the Coronavirus Rhapsody.
Maybe the next time you go to wash your hands you could sing to the lyrics of
this ‘new’ hit: “Don’t touch your eyes… Just hand sanitize quicklyyyyy… Washed
your hands, laying low… I look out the window, the curve doesn’t look flatter
to me, to me,”
Mixing humour and information the Vietnamese Health
Department's Jealous Coronavirus cartoon sees dancing viruses talk about
how to fight the disease that spreads through spit droplets in the air when an
infected person coughs or sneezes.
The Irish singer-songwriter Andy Conway dropped a frank
acoustic ballad, Don't Sneeze on Me Ye Gobshite (Coronavirus Song),
whose lyrics about self-quarantine include lines "Don't sneeze on me ye
gobshite… Don't ya cough on me ye fool… Lock yourself away until it's gone…
Don't ya breathe on me ye bollocks… Get the f#$%er outta pool… You'll have us
all infected we'll be done."
From Iran – one of the other coronavirus hub – we have Danial Kheirikhah who uses a silent film-style theme to share with us a piece of dramatic classical music in which he pulls out all stops in illustrating the proper handwashing technique. You know now that nothing less than 20 seconds will do!
Mexico's Mister Cumbia’s La Cumbia Del Coronavirus urges
people to be alert, wash their hands at frequent intervals and to not touch
their faces. The English lyrics roughly translate to: “Coronavirus,
Coronavirus… Do not touch the face, avoid it, friends… Coronavirus,
Coronavirus…Use disinfectant, they are very effective”
This Virus in The Tree song by four-year-old Fenn and
her six-year-old sister Bess has been written “from the perspective of the
virus”, daddy and musician Tom Rosenthal says. According to Rosenthal, this could
also be a good idea to help your kids “process” all that’s happening. With
lyrics that go “Don’t come near me… Don’t come and see me… I’m fine alone in
the tree… You can sit on a different branch… Just don’t come near me,” you
could teach kids how important staying at home is.
For comedian and singer Mikey Bustos from Canada, it was Lady
Gaga's Stupid Love that inspired him. With his Instagram-parody Stupid
Cough, Bustos throws light on the importance of washing hands, eating well,
using hand sanitiser and most importantly not being racist. The song goes: "I'm
staying locked up in my house/ Don't come near me/ If you need me/ Whatsapp!
Viber!!/ Don't want no stupid cough, cough."