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The Grammy and Oscar-winning musician wrote “Stay Away” after a request from Los Angeles radio station KPCC. The song debuted Wednesday on AirTalk with Larry Mantle.
Newman says he was asked by the station to do a PSA about staying 6 feet apart and washing hands frequently, but “I wrote a song instead.”
The song begins, “Venus in sweatpants, that’s who you are. And when this mess is over, I’ll buy you a car.”
In another section, he sings, “Stay away from me. Baby, keep your distance, please. Stay away from me. Words of love in times like these.”
The song runs about two minutes long, as Newman repeats the admonishment to wash your hands and not touch your face.
At the conclusion, Newman says, “Thank you very much. I wish everyone well and I wish myself well, to some extent. Stay safe. It’s hard for Americans who don’t like being told what to do at all. But, in this case, let’s do it. We’ll be all right.”
Listen to the song here.
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