Choir Presents Coronavirus-Inspired Parody of “For the Longest Time”

Dana Self’s Upper School Chamber Choir Class came together virtually to sing of the woes of living during this pandemic. The song is set to Billy Joe’s For the Longest Time. Here’s a sample of the lyrics:

Whoa, oh, oh For the Longest Time
Whoa, oh, oh For the Longest

I have been at home in quarantine
Stopping spread of COVID-19
What else would I do?
Don’t want this virus from you
I haven’t left here for the longest time

Exercise by jogging ’round my room
Online meetings taking place on Zoom
Though this is safer We’re out of toilet paper!
We haven’t left here for the longest time.

Whoa, oh, oh For the Longest Time
Whoa, oh, oh For the Longest

Teachers try to teach their kids online
Somehow this needs twice as much prep time!
Self-isolation is how we help our nation
We haven’t left here for the longest time

Maybe this won’t last very long
There’s no end in sight
Though I could be wrong
Maybe I’ve been hoping too hard
But we’ve come this far,
And the curve’s getting flatter

If you choose to venture out today
Stay at least 6 feet away!
Can’t take no chances, given certain circumstances
We’ll be at home for the longest time

I had hopeful thoughts at start
I said to myself I will do my part
Washing hands, not touching my face
I long for your embrace
And it’s all that I hope for

It’s my job to do all the right things
Social distancing as I sing
I miss you so bad!
But I think you ought to know that
I intend to stay here for the longest time

Whoa, oh, oh For the Longest Time
Whoa, oh, oh For the Longest Time
Whoa, oh, oh For the Longest Time
Whoa, oh, oh For the Longest Time

Adapted lyrics by Nicholle Andrews & Zach Timson.