My Pandemic Playlist

My Pandemic Playlist

12 songs for those maintaining social distance, and riding the roller coaster of inner responses that accompany life in the Covid-19 pandemic. A dose of reality, a pinch of despair, perhaps a smile, some perspective, hope, love, and faith mixed together and served to you today.

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Wild World (Cat Stevens)

But if you want to leave, take good care
Hope you have a lot of nice things to wear
But then a lot of nice things turn bad out there

Ooh baby baby, it’s a wild world
It’s hard to get by just upon a smile

Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Bob Dylan)

I rolled and I tumbled, I cried the whole night long
I rolled and I tumbled, I cried the whole night long
Woke up this mornin’, I must have bet my money wrong

…The night’s filled with shadows, the years are filled with early doom
The night’s filled with shadows, the years are filled with early doom
I’ve been conjuring up all these long dead souls from their crumblin’ tombs

Manifest (Andrew Bird)

I’m coming to the brink of a great disaster
End just has to be near
The earth spins faster, whistles right past you
Whispers death in your ear
Don’t pretend you can’t hear
Don’t pretend you can’t

I can hear your tendrils still digging
For everything that’s walked this earth once living
Then to be exhumed and burned to vapor
Can you save her?
Now she’s in the air
Radical and free
Neither here nor there
She’s obliged to no one
She’s obliged to no one

Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House)

Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win

White Wooden Cross (Wilco)

A white wooden cross by the side of the road
One someone lost that I did not know
What would I do?
What would I do
If a white wooden cross meant that I’d lost you?

I asked myself how would I let go?
And a thought appeared like a morning dew
And my blood ran cold
My blood ran cold
As these sad ideas passed through

Funeral (Phoebe Bridgers)

And I have this dream where I’m screaming underwater
While my friends are all waving from the shore
And I don’t need you to tell me what that means
I don’t believe in that stuff anymore

Jesus Christ, I’m so blue all the time
And that’s just how I feel
Always have and I always will
I always have and always will

It’s Only Life (The Shins)

Well I guess it’s only life, it’s only natural
We all spend a little while going down the rabbit hole
The things they taught you, they’re lining up to haunt you
You got your back against the wall
I call you on the telephone, won’t you pick up the receiver?

I’ve been down the very road you’re walking now
It doesn’t have to be so dark and lonesome
It takes a while but we can figure this thing out
And turn it back around

Love Is a Wild Thing (Kacey Musgraves)

Running like a river trying to find the ocean
Flowers in the concrete
Climbing over fences, blooming in the shadows
Places that you can’t see
Coming through the melody when the night bird sings
Love is a wild thing

Soon We’ll Be Living in the Future (Straylight Run)

And we’ve
We’ve got something up our sleeves
No one’s gonna see it comin’
No, they won’t ever see it coming

Not now, but soon
We’ll be living in the future

Please, be honest
What’s it mean and what have you done?
Can I just be another risk you’re running? now
What’s it mean and what have you done?
Can I just be another risk you’re running? Can I?
It’s simple, soaked, and always on my mind
It’s simple, soaked, and always on my mind
I’m dying

This Is For the Better Days (Bees)

Marching through the marsh
Keep a string from where you’ve been
Keep your scissors sharp then you can re-begin
Don’t get caught up in time already down the drain
Can you feel it, here we go again, here we go again

It’s all right now, it should have really happened
Well it’s all right, it’s all right,
This is for the better days
This is for the better days
This is for the better days

All Things Must Pass (George Harrison)

Now the darkness only stays the night-time
In the morning it will fade away
Daylight is good at arriving at the right time
It’s not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
All things must pass away

Remedy (David Crowder Band)

Here we are
Here we are
Bandaged and bruised
Awaiting a cure
Here we are

Here You are
Here You are
Our beautiful King
Bringing relief
Here You are with us

So we lift up our voices
And open our hands
Let go of the things
That have kept us from Him

He is the one
Who has saved us
He is the one
Who forgave us
He is the one who has come
And is coming again
He’s the remedy

12 thoughts on “My Pandemic Playlist

  1. Just listened through Tea for the Tillerman while working through a virtual desktop proposal for the government… such a great album…. but at almost 12:00 AM I have to resist the urge to pull out my guitar and play/sing along….


  2. Wow. A journey into what addresses our fears as we enter into the midst of PANDEMIC where so much is danger and so much is unseen and we do not know how to go forward.

    So we ‘ask’, and trust for a response to come, like children we trust; and there is something pure and honest about this faith when ‘smugness’ and hubris fall down before the unknown danger and we are in need of help from our Creator once more.

    The Book of Isaiah is opened and there we find these words:

    (Isaiah 30:21)

    so when the ground of our land trembles beneath our feet and the volcanic mountains explode and the forces that formed our world are again seen,
    can we still sing the hymn of a dying Christian from Iceland who wrote 800 years ago calling out to his Creator God with these words:
    “May softly come unto me Thy mercy. So I call on Thee, for You have created me.”


  3. Chaplain Mike,

    All Things Must Pass is on my top five albums list. As for the song itself – I have requested that my kids play that song at my funeral.

    Love all old Cat Stevens… including Tea for the Tillerman, Catch Bull at Four and Teaser and the Firecat…. just love em…. and I can play them and croak em out… to the torture of everyone ; )


  4. Maria McKee – Breathe

    Kate Bush – Breathing

    Pink Floyd – Breathe, etc…

    Chet Baker – Alone Together

    Neil Young – On the Beach

    Bruce Cockburn – Lament for the Last Days

    Johnny Cash – Hard Times Come Again No More


  5. I’m a secular music kinda guy and usually go there for my music needs… but while I appreciated the different songs/lyrics presented, I found myself especially appreciative of the inclusion of the David Crowder song at the end of your post.


  6. Great idea Chaplain Mike!

    Here is my tongue in cheek Sunday worship playlist:

    Give Us Clean Hands
    The Distance
    Heal Our Land
    How Long Oh Lord
    Lord, I need you.
    This is the Air I Breathe
    I come to the garden alone
    I’m trading my sorrows
    Somethings Gotta Change
    Come clean


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