The brief: To write a song that encourages group singing for people who experience COPD. The song would also be song by a ukulele group and broadcast on radio.
To the tune of Delilah:
I wake up my whole street with my cough in the morning I have a hack like a cat that just swallowed a frog I struggle breathing But now that I’m singing I’m finding the strength to go on
My, my, my, Delilah You help me respire I could see my own mortality but now that I’m singing my voice has just set me free
Ground breaking research has shown that singing can help you (da da daaaaaa...) Reduces stress and puts oxygen into your blood (da da daaaaaa...) Helps your wellbeing (ha ha ha ha ha ha) If laughter’s the best medicine then singing is almost as good
My, my, my emphysema Made my phlegm so much greener So before we can’t sing anymore Raise your voice to the heavens and let’s give the angels what for
I sound like Muttley (Heh heh heh heh heh heh) When I ring my poor mum it sounds like a dirty phone call My, my, my emphysema The air was once so much cleaner So before we can’t breathe any more Raise your voice to the heavens, ‘cause that’s what your lungs are there for Raise your voice to the heavens, ‘cause that’s what your lungs are there for