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Goodbye, Covid​-​19 (Single)

by Bomethius



Supported by a plaintive violin, the single’s strong songwriting recalls M. Ward’s smooth, breezy vocals and clean electric guitar to trace the coronavirus’ devastating impact on family, ritual, and the future. Gentle variations on the song’s refrain trace personal reactions to the pandemic from dismissal to nightmare to a hopeful acceptance grounded in a love no crisis could thwart — even if it did disrupt the wedding plans.

“Goodbye, Covid-19” chronicles my experience with getting married in the midst of a pandemic. It’s not really something I would recommend, but despite the fact that we were deprived of our original venue, the majority of our friends, and some of our family, we found it to be surprisingly beautiful. And while we appear to be a long way off from actually saying goodbye to this virus, the song is about how good it will feel whenever we do finally get to say goodbye to Covid-19, and hello to one another — in person! Anyway, I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for listening!



By a pool reclining
Just our friends, you and me
But it’s so far away
I’m overcome thinking
Goodbye, Covid-19

We thought you’d play the piano
And they that I would hold a violin
Just when I think we know the answer
Then it looks like goodbye, cried Covid-19

Grandpa this is serious
Please cancel your flight
This isn’t the flu, and no it’s not cancer
Let’s not say goodbye because of Covid-19

The parks are all closed
No matter we’ll be married where we are
Everything’s looming around the corner
But we won’t say goodbye, Covid-19

We’ll meet again soon
I can’t say when or where
But when we do, I’ll hug you a bit longer
And we won’t say goodbye because of Covid-19


released August 7, 2020
Drums: recorded and performed by Matt Shaw
Bass: Travis Carroll
Electric Guitar/Vocals/Violin: Jonathan Hodges

Recorded and mixed by Jonathan Hodges
Mastered by Matt Shaw

Album Artwork courtesy of Rachel Gan and Florence Kam
Location of photo: Dragon Park Gardens

Special thank you to Margaret Hodges, my Mormor, whose description of the original instrumental version of this song inspired what became the first verse.


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Bomethius Chicago, Illinois

Bomethius is the solo project of Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jonathan Hodges. A capable pianist, guitarist, and vocalist, Hodges has also studied the violin since he was 3 years old. With Bomethius, he draws from his classical training for a mischievous brand of baroque pop that echoes the sounds of Andrew Bird, Elliott Smith, and Randy Newman. ... more


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