17. UNITED KINGDOM 5: Cellphone -“Lockdown World”

“Lockdown World”

Performed by: Cellphone
Music by: Jim Brook & Neil Stamps
Lyrics by: Jim Brook

Jim Brook is from London and this is his seventh participation in the HCSC.

”In the past couple of years I have performed my songs “live” into my mobile phone – hence the name Cellphone. This year has been slightly different: I recorded the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks into my phone and uploaded them into GarageBand, where my friend and collaborator, Neil Stamps, added drum and bass parts and made welcome improvements to the arrangement,” says Jim.

“Lockdown World” tells the story that’s been everybody’s story in this strangest of years.

“There was a weirdly dystopian feel to life in London – the emptiness of the streets, the feeling that we were at war with an invisible enemy – and yet the amazing weather during April and May seemed to offer us hope of a better future. Birdsong replaced traffic noise and the air tasted fresher than we remembered… but then lockdown just dragged on and on and on. I hope the feel of the song and its lyrics reflect the way I alternated between pessimism and optimism.”

Welcome back to the competition and best of luck!

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Lyrics:

It’s a lockdown world, when will it ever end?
The Earth is spinning in ways we just can’t comprehend.
And when we’re feeling alone,
Locked away on our own,
We sing this song and we feel better again.

Look at the sky, it’s blue and clear.
Take a look at the earth, it’s green and alive.
Feel the air on your skin, it’s why we’re fighting.
Oh, we’re gonna win.

It’s a lockdown world, we are the military.
Yeah we are soldiers at war, but where’s the enemy?
And when we’re finding it tough,
Like we just had enough,
We sing this song and we are suddenly free.

Look at the sky, it’s blue and clear.
Take a look at the earth, it’s green and alive.
Feel the air on your skin, it’s why we’re fighting.
And oh, we’re gonna win.

And I ride a golden rainbow to a future still unknown,
But with you in my heart I’m not alone.
We sing this song and we are suddenly free.

Look at the sky, it’s blue and clear.
Take a look at the earth, it’s green and alive.
Feel the air on your skin, it’s why we’re fighting.
And oh, we’re gonna win.

We’re gonna win… (It’s a lockdown world…)