superheroes in Disguise

the story

One thing this pandemic has shown all of us is how essential and underappreciated our healthcare, custodial, food supply, and delivery workers are. They have continued to work and risk their lives to take care of the rest of us.

I have four family members on the front lines of this Covid19 pandemic: a NJ ICU nurse aunt, an NYC anesthesiologist cousin and his ER doctor wife, and a NJ EMT cousin. I’m inspired by all of them, but a comment from my Aunt Clare is what gave me the idea to write my song “Superheroes in Disguise.” She’s been an ICU nurse for 30 years, and I’ve never heard her complain once. She told me that the Covid ICU was like a war zone and she felt like a veteran returning from the Vietnam War because people could not understand what healthcare workers were going through. It was then that I realized that THEY were true superheroes - superheroes in disguise. Society tends to idolize and compensate celebrities and athletes for their talents, but take for granted those we really need in a crisis such as Covid19. The song was written in the next 24 hours. I self produced it and played it for her on her birthday, which coincided with International Nurses Day. That's Aunt Clare on the song cover! 

If you're a frontline worker, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

Lyrics

Superheroes in disguise
Heavy hearts, eyes to the skies 
Just by being there  
You were the answer to our prayers 
Took us too long to realize 

We had it all wrong, had it all wrong 
For so long, for so long 
We had it all wrong, had it all wrong 
The going got tough 

And you were the one who marched on woah 
Out on the frontline, risking your own lives 
You marched on woah 
While we were inside, on you we relied 
Held the hands of those alone 
While out there fighting the unknown 
You marched on woah 
The going got tough 
And you were the one who marched on woah 
You marched on woah 

Battle scars indented lines 
Black and blue out and inside 
Surrounded by fear 
It was you who persevered  
Took us too long to realize 

We had it all wrong, had it all wrong   
For so long, for so long   
We had it all wrong, had it all wrong   
The going got tough   

And you were the one who marched on woah   
Out on the frontline, risking your own lives   
You marched on woah   
While we were inside, on you we relied   
Held the hands of those alone   
While out there fighting the unknown   
You marched on woah   
The going got tough   
And you were the one who marched on woah   
You marched on woah   

When fire raged and help was asked   
You dawned a new kind of hero mask   

And you marched on woah   
Out on the frontline, risking your own lives    
You marched on woah    
While we were inside, on you we relied    
Held the hands of those alone    
While out there fighting the unknown    
You marched on woah    
The going got tough    
And you were the one who marched on woah    
You marched on woah   

(You were the one who marched on…)