If laugher is the best medicine, this NoDa family’s quarantine project is curing us all. About three weeks ago, Amy McGonigal, her husband, and their 19-year-old daughter decided to get creative with the lyrics to popular songs and adapt them to fit the current coronavirus situation.
“I kept seeing the meme that said ‘COVID-19’ can be sung to the tune of ‘Come On Eileen,’ and we immediately started trying to fit it into other lyrics,” Amy tells the Agenda.
It was a fun activity for the family, so they decided to share their lyrics on a cardboard sign hung off their balcony at Mercury NoDa. “It grew in complexity after that,” she says.
Every day since, the family will draw up a new cardboard sign and hang it.
“It’s tricky to pass the time and not drink wine until nighttime. It’s tricky. It’s tricky, tricky, tricky,” one reads, adapting the lyrics from “It’s Tricky” by Run-DMC.
Another one reads, “Let’s talk about snacks baby. Let’s talk about feeding me. Let’s talk about all the sweet things and the carb things I can eat.” A very relatable take on Salt-N-Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex.”
Amy and her family have posted riffs on Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl,” The Beatles’ “Yesterday,” and A Star Is Born‘s hit “Shallow,” among many others.
Neighbors have noticed and shared the hilarious signs on social media; one neighbor sent photos to the Agenda.
They don’t plan to stop soon. “I feel like it would be disappointing if I stopped before we’re all allowed back out again,” Amy says.
Can you guess all the songs these lyrics reference?
Photos courtesy of @kendra.sands and @amybethmcg.