Track #50: Goodbye John Smith, Barns Courtney

Track #50
Song: Goodbye John Smith
Artist / Band: Barns Courtney

Dedicated to: My Mum and Cousin
From: Ben Dickenson
Dedication date: 16 July 2020 as part of Summer Streets Festival

Dedication: 

Both those people died in the last few years. But never missed them as much as I have during lockdown. They’d have been the best company. One would’ve made loads of food and delivered it to doorsteps, the other would’ve sang all through the Isolation with soulful tunes.

Barns has written a song about losing his grandad. It hurts to listen to (sorry everyone!) but that’s kinda the point. If the 10,000s of people who died from Covid didn’t matter, if everyone we’ve lost didn’t matter, there’d be be no point in music, in art, in going to work, in talking to our friends across socially distanced pub tables. It’s because they do that we can keep going. It’s because humans matter that we can overcome and remembering how their loss feels reminds us what it is to be alive, to love, to feel. Embrace the pain. Love the living, before it’s too late.

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Dedicated as part of our Summer Streets 2020 I Made You A Mixtape project; created for all the people and places we missed during the 2020 lockdown.