Gimme 6

Gimme 6

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what would we know of the dust bowl, the depression, the grand coulee dam....were it not for the songs Woody Guthrie wrote about them? So much of the peoples history is handed down in song. Today, with the emergence of tens of thousands of songwriters around the world, where once there were only a handful, we are heir to the greatest cornucopia of personal experience the world has ever known. there must be thousands of songs written about the great pandemic of 2020,yet even though advanced communication technology has connected the world as it has never before been connected, most of these songs will be heard by only a relative few. someday, however, they will be unearthed, a vast archive revealing who we were in the beginnings on the 21st century. and it will be a discovery more signficant than the woody guthrie songbook. Just from what I have heard from the 50 90 group is already the best representation ofthe effects of the pandemic on all aspects of human life. One of my favorite lyrics was written by Surefire, and he allowed me the privilage of collaborating on it. Although I have already comleted four albums of Covid 19 inspired material, Surefires lyric took me in a completely new direction..a rousing howl of fear and indignation that truly expressed the beginnings of a social breakdown that is only worsening with the anxiety of time

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These times are tough
Yeah they're very rough
Paranoia creeps on in
And when you're in the store
Out on the floor
Crowds can make ya shed your skin

Boy did I lose it
Lord have mercy when I said

Gimme 6!
Gimme 6!
Gimme 6 feet of space!
Cuz I don't wanna get sick and die
All I'm askin you to do is try
To Gimme 6!
Gimme 6!
Gimme 6 feet of space!
Let's show each other we really care
In this God forsaken place

It was a tight squeeze
Headin' for the cheese
Tempers were livid that day
And when I snapped you see
It set me free
Couldn't find another way

Boy did I lose it
Lord have mercy when I said

Gimme 6!
Gimme 6!
Gimme 6 feet of space!
Cuz I don't wanna get sick and die
All I'm askin you to do is try
To Gimme 6!
Gimme 6!



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coolparadiso's picture

i agree - if in the future someone wants to know what it was like - you could do a lot worse than listen to the output of 50/90 and this is very good! i love the gimmie 6 best! well done guys

SAME! People just seem to have given up on the whole distancing thing in the last couple of weeks. If I didn't have to eat, I'd have given up on going out entirely at this point. This should be broadcast continuously in every shopping mall and supermarket on the planet.

And I'm quite prepared to go to bat for the assertion that "It was a tight squeeze / Headin' for the cheese" is unlikely to be bettered as a couplet in this 50/90 or any other. Pure genius.

metalfoot's picture

Classic Johnny Cash sort of feel to this track-- and yeah, the space/distance thing seems to be fading into the sunset, doesn't it? Nice work, both of you!

Jerry Pettit's picture

Oh, Bill--this is terrific, and I LOVE the idea of a collection of Pandemic songs like Woody did for the Depression. (Which makes me now want to rewatch BOUND FOR GLORY again. (Just checked and that movie is almost 45 years old--released 1976).

This is SUPER-AUTHENTIC, and I envision you singing it around a campfire--through your mask of course--while music fans socially distanced and clapped along.

tjeff's picture

The way you deliver "Gimme 6" is exactly the way I feel sometimes when out in public and people have total disrespect for that important distance that we currently need between each other. This is such a good collab, excellent work you 2!

wacha's picture

Glad you took on these lyrics, they really lent themselves to how you played them. The lyrics are sad and honest but still catchy. This is a damn fine collaboration!

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

Definitely has a classic American country/folk sound. Love the frantic background vocals! "Gimme 6" should be the official theme song of this pandemic. The passionate way you sing "in this God-forsaken place" is a thing of beauty.