Getting By

by: Cruz Wilson Youth (ages 13-17) Listen
SONG LYRICS

Cindy is more of a stay at home mom
But her husband went out and he loses the job
it really is a shame
but no one is to blame

Tries to get employed at the grocery store
but they’re packing their bags and they’re closing their doors
it really is insane
but nothing remains the same

I’m barely getting by, I work my fingers to the bone
If life keeps going this way, I might have to sell my home
when will this turn around, I can’t see it being soon
I’ll just push on through

I’ve got children to feed back at home
he says “boy I know I’ve got three of my own
I wish that I could help
but I gotta be focused on living myself”

So he swallows his pride as he begs at the door
cause there’s nothing that he can do anymore
“You’re wasting your time
go find something to do to satisfy”

I’m barely getting by, I work my fingers to the bone
If life keeps going this way, I might have to sell my home
when will this turn around, I can’t see it being soon
I’ll just push on through

Its turning around, changing the tides
but he can’t take back the tears that he’s cried
but it’s alright
it’s calmed down

Hired again he’s back on his feet
the family is good though they’ve suffered the heat
but it’s okay
but nothing, remains, the same.

ARTIST INTERVIEW
DESCRIPTION

 “Getting By” was inspired during an encounter at a drive through window. I was working the Drive-Thru at Tim Hortons when I had a conversation with a customer. He told me that he had lost his job due to Covid-19 and both him and his family were struggling to get by. Instantly, inspiration struck me and I immediately had ideas going through my head for lyrics, I wrote the beginnings of this song on the back of a napkin while I was working.

Getting By tells the story of a family that is dealing with unemployment during Covid-19, something that many families have unfortunately experienced during these hard times. The song starts off with Cindy and her 3 kids receiving the devastating news that her husband had just gotten laid off. Various failed attempts at reemployment leave the family in despair as they struggle to keep up with bills and afford food for themselves and their children.

After a very stressful period of time, the husband of the family receives the news that he’s received a new job! The song ends on the line “nothing remains the same” to reinstate that Covid-19 has affected the lives of each and every one of us and it’s altered the way that we live our day to day lives.

Although this is a story with fictional characters, it dives into The real struggles that many family’s have been facing due to the virus. If anyone reading this is struggling due to the effects of Covid-19, my message to you is to keep pushing through, things ARE going to get better soon enough. As long as we’re all working together this will come to an end.

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