Title was the skirmish (write a song in an hour) prompt which I picked randomly from a Tom Waits songbook, specifically from the song Heartattack and Vine. Muse said pandemic from an ICU patient POV and enlisted Tom Waits to sing it to me. 30 minutes it kinda spilled out.
Nashville tuning DADGAD
Got tested yesterday now I’m Tom Waits
About a virus I can’t see is it punishment or fate?
Last month I planned ten years ahead
Now I wonder if in three weeks I’ll be dead
Locked in this ICU haven’t seen daylight in weeks
Behind the curtains all the doctors and nurses covered head to toe like freaks
Another test another sample
Do I become an example
Another week after another week of rising cases
Wonder if they just see the numbers, cause they don’t see the grief on my families ravaged faces
Hoping I don’t die
Maybe I live but don’t have much of a life
Can I take the test again, can I re-evaluate
Starting living healthy, take care of myself, or is it too late
To shake this virus I can’t see is capital punishment my fate?
Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.