Soul Pandemic (2020)

by Jacob Acosta

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SOUL PANDEMIC Album

There is no question that the Coronavirus pandemic has gripped the eyes of the world, and has caused mass hysteria among the human race. People are worried about loved ones who are susceptible to the disease, who have chronic health conditions, or are around the worse target ages of 60 or older. My heart and mind is shocked at the death toll, the response of closures of schools, large gatherings of any kind, and the inevitable crash of the global economy. This historic time of isolation worldwide will be a retreat of fear and uncertainty for some, but I also hope that it will also be a time of inward growth and collective generosity of the human spirit. Personally, I've had to postpone my wedding to the person I love more than anyone else in this world, and had to witness her also working non-stop the past few days to try to get as many of her U of A people back to the United States while the borders of countries are closing worldwide. This is bigger than all of us. As an artist my expression and processing comes through my music. I have felt largely inspired by information outlets, people's voices across the globe, and my community in Arizona to persevere and share my art in a time where I feel it is going to have a wider relevance than any project ever has before. In the following weeks, I will release a single song each week of this quarantine in real time as these events unfold. This is Soul Pandemic. #soulpandemic #jacobacostamusic #coronavirus #covid19

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released March 18, 2020

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Jacob Acosta Tucson, Arizona

Jacob Acosta has released 12 records between himself, Mason, HYTS, Roll Acosta, and Race You there. He has been featured on NPR and produced by John Vanderslice. He is a national performing artist in Tucson, AZ, and has just released his biggest album to date, 'Desert Sounds'. His new record is about Arizonan culture and the Southwest. ... more

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Track Name: Times They Are A Changing
Come gather 'round people
Wherever you are
And admit that your fear, has escaped from its jar
And accept that real soon
You'll seek hope from the stars
‘Cause to your time, to you, is worth saving
Oh my brothers and sisters, we’re all counting on you
For the times they are a-changin

Come writers and critics
The fake and the true
Can you tell us a story, that’s finally good news
And if you don’t speak up
Will the emptiness prove
That we all were fools, just complaining
Will loser now still be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'

Come senators, and congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't you stand in the doorway
While we take the fall
For those who despair
Need you now most of all
There's a battle inside of us ragin’
While it’s shaking your spine
And just rattles your mind
Oh the times they are a-changin'

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout this land
Don’t you worry, but fight for, what you still understand
For your sons and your daughters
On you, they depend
So your wisdom, you can’t be restraining
If you can't lend a hand, then find someone who can
For the times they are a-changin'

Don’t let just the leaders, be the line in the sand
For the sick and the dying, need somewhere to stand
If you don’t fight for love and life on this earth
Well the order’ll keep rapidly fadin'
And it won’t matter then who’s first or who’s last
For the times they are a-changin'
Track Name: Sunshine Kisses
Sunshine kisses, take me home
The roads are bare, chills to the bone
We’re not alone, we’re not alone

Moonbeam singers, tap your feet
Across the alleyways and streets
Blame is beating out defeat
Oh no

Too late for last call, don’t you see
Nobody’s looking for, you in the breeze
It still begins, without an ending

Pretty baby, hold me close
Father, son, and holy ghost
I’ll pray to anyone who hears
Sees my tears, my tears

Shirts and ties, for silly boys
Dress up the girls, and give ‘em toys
But they will grow, and change their minds
So stay by their side

Too late for last call, don’t you see
Who are you looking for, in the breeze
Who do you love, are you pretending?

Snow on the mountains, make me warm
Water flow into my arms
Honey drop into my heart
Into my heart

But now, I must say, what I mean
Nobody loves you more, no one I’ve seen
And I will stand, with you, you must believe

Cause it’s not too late, for a dream
And that might sound crazy, but by God I believe
We’re not alone, can’t you see what I see,
Baby
Track Name: Pandemic Pandemonium
Well they’re telling me now, I gotta stay inside
I hope I don’t freak out, freaking lose my mind
Where’s the good news, somebody, show me a sign
I didn’t think, my couch, would be my 9 to 5

Well they say, stay away from bars and stadiums
Schools out for summer, good luck, with your craniums, hey
Take a look, it’s a brand new show
We got a stand-up comedian, in the white house so…

Pandemic pandemonium, no ticket to ride
You got plenty of room, just got to sanitize
Gonna get pretty messy ‘for it’s said and done
Don’t worry America, still number one

Pandemic pandemonium, just take a seat
Six feet over there, or six feet underneath
You can’t change the channel, 'cause it’s all the same thing
From sea to shining sea

Well they’re telling me now, here comes a check
Spend it all, ‘Cause you got to help the 1 %
Service people, just deliver, you’ll be ok
And if you have no income, well you better pray

Think I might have a cough, cold or flu
Well you’re not dying yet, so back home for you
Coronials coming, a new baby boom
Let’s all thank the good lord for Zoom

Got a hall of mirrors where you can meditate
There’s a YouTube playground, always open late
Oh powder me up some fake news funnel cake, yessir
I see an art car coming, if you’d like, try to escape…

Pandemic pandemonium, one more time
If you want to find some toilet paper get in line
It’s gonna get pretty messy ‘for it’s said and done
Don’t worry America, still number one

Pandemic pandemonium, yeah here we go
And where the wheel stops, well nobody knows
You can’t change the channel, ‘cause it’s all the same thing
From sea to shining sea
No you can’t change the dial, ‘cause it’s all the same thing
From sea-to-shining-sea
Track Name: When This Is All Over
So sick and tired
Of staying inside
I want to be free, free, free
Like a bird in the sky
But I know, I got to be responsible

Deep down dark thoughts
I won’t let you win
I want to sing, out, out, out
Break the cycle I’m in, so why not put on my favorite song
Take it, for a spin

When this all over
I wanna do all
Want to do all those things that I so dearly love, yeah

So it turns out, that
I’m learning much more
About myself, and what I adore
It’s the not the same everywhere
Some people are really scared, and my heart goes out to them

But just remember
If it’s, together, we can weather the storm
We don’t need some leader, if we know who we are

And I’m going to fight
Fight, with all of my might
To overcome

When this all over
I wanna do all
Want to do all those things that I so dearly love
When this is all over
I’m gonna be strong
I won’t wait too long, to live the life, I really want

What’s stopping us now, won’t last forever
Consider this pause, a new endeavor
You fall down, get back up, you know this, you got this

When this all over
I wanna do all
Want to do all those things that I so dearly love
When this is all over
I’m gonna be strong
I won’t wait too long, to live the life, I really want
Track Name: That's The Way That The World Goes Round
I know a guy, always has a joke
He's a pretty nice fellow, not afraid to poke
Around inside the heads, of the crazy folks
That live all over this world

He could write a song, if he gets to drinking
Got a loving wife, and three children
But he’s gone to Mars, or maybe to heaven
And that's the way that the world goes round

That's the way that the world goes round.
You're up one day and the next you're down.
It's a half an inch of water and you think you're gonna drown
That's the way that the world goes round

He’s a musical legend, see he always was
Cancer tried to take him, but he lived right on
He never stopped writing, just a bruised up orange
Sweet and sometimes tart

Loved to tell a story, just have to ask
Had many a dinner, while the sunrise laughed
Had a gift for being kind, while being crass
That's the way that the world goes round

That's the way that the world goes round.
You're up one day and the next you're down.
It's a half an inch of water and you think you're gonna drown.
That's the way that the world goes round

That’s the way, ol’ John might say
You never quite know, it’s day by day
Just keep the marble rolling, and you’ll be okay
That’s the way that the world goes round
That’s the way that the world goes round
Track Name: Escape With You
I bought me a new peace of mind
A thousand dollars, are you feeling fine, oh yeah, oh yeah

20 million for a New York Strip
Jacksonville beach bunnies hit, me one more time, oh one more time

I'm not afraid of your 45
No they'll never take me alive, No, no, no, no
Well now here comes a million more
I hit snooze while they're knocking at my door, my door

Let's not go outside today
Let's just kiss, and melt away
Let our lips explore, yeah c'mon, what are we fighting for
Let's not go outside today
Let's jump off, the world yeah
I want escape with you

I know I don't say this enough
You're so beautiful, you stack it up, oh yeah, my baby

Goddess won't you take my hand
There's no way we'll ever understand, it all, no, no

About time that we stopped the tape
Yea the only thing that we got's today
I'll go slow and appreciate
Every single inch, of your energy

Let's not go outside today
Let's just kiss, and melt away
Let our lips explore, Yeah c'mon, what are we fighting for
Let's not go outside today
Let's jump off, the world yeah
I want escape, with you


Let's not go outside today
Let's just kiss and melt away
C’mon what are we fighting for

Let’s not go outside today
Let's jump off the world,
I want to escape, with you
Track Name: Lost In Space
No telling where you can float
When your mind creates pillows of hope
Far off I hear fireworks
Glows from the living room, lights like a church

Hard to believe, how your thoughts
Are now racing inside
Open the back door
And skip with your fears deep inside

Perfectly spinning around
Why the world’s feeling dizzy
You’re high off the ground
Stopping to see all the colors that bleed
Together in harmony

If you look down, you might drown
In your own disbelief
If you feel sick, close your eyes
You might find some relief

Here comes the train of pain and happiness
Kaleidoscopes for children, here at the edge

Can’t you feel the universe
I’ll race you, if you get there first
Jump in

Red and the blue, the one and twos
Are marching to the beat
Swim inside the tidal waves of victory and defeat

I am just a traveler
And wonder if I’ve come to the right place

Landscape here’s familiar, still I’m
Questioning what I see with my face
Lost in space

Ba-ba-ba-ba, da-da-da, Ba Ba da-da-da-dah
Ba-ba-ba-ba, da-da-da, Ba Ba da-da-da-dah

No telling where you can go
When your mind is not caged
By the man with the gold
No one can stop what you think
Ride through trees
Find the water and drink
No telling who you might love
Open your heart, hey that’s enough
No one can be where you are
All this experience makes you the star

We’re lost in space
Lost in space (Lost in)
Track Name: Smile Again
Hi yi-yi, yeh, Hi, yi-yi-yi-yeh
Hi, yi-yi, yi-yi, yeh
Hi yi, yi-yi, yi, yi-yi-yi-yeh
Hi, yi-yi, yi-yi, yeh

Where is the rain is it coming today
I don’t know, I don’t know

Need some water come and wash it away
Let it flow, let it flow

Been running, running, yeah running around
Slow it down, slow it down

I want to take, my smile, mile by mile
Spread it round, Spread it round

But I’ll wait, someday
To smile again
But I’ll wait, someday
To smile again
But I’ll wait, someday
To smile again
Hi yi yeh, yi, ya yeh-eh

I miss the sound of, gath’ring around
Where it go, where it go

I need somebody, hey, to remind me
Oh my soul, oh my soul

Been flying, flying, more living than dying
Well I hope, Yeah I hope

Been crying, crying, yeah where are those arms
Hold me close, hold me close

But I’ll wait, someday
To smile again
But I’ll wait, someday
To smile again
But I’ll wait, someday
To smile again
Hi yi yeh, yi, ya yeh-eh

I hear the birds, yeah they sing and they play
It’s alright, It’s alright

See the moon, hear the crash of the waves
Day and night, day and night

Feel your kisses, the glow in your eyes
I’m alive, I’m alive

Love is still breathing, love finds a way
Yeah keep tryin’, yeah keep tryin

So I must, not wait
To smile again
So I must, not wait
To smile again
So I must, not wait
To smile again
Hi yi yeh, yi, ya yeh-eh
So I must, not wait
To smile again
So I must, not wait
To smile again
So I must, not wait
To smile again
Hi yi yeh, yi, ya yeh-eh

Where is the rain is it coming today
I don’t know, I don’t know

Love is still breathing, love finds a way
Oh my soul, oh my soul
Track Name: Soul Pandemic
How far we’ve come
And where we’re going
Sometimes, it’s hard to say

What we’re learning
And what we’re showing
Could be the only way

I know I, need my brothers
I know I, need my sisters too
I know I, want another
Want another chance to, dance with you

With you…

So I guess we’ll see, what we’ll be
Will this be some catastrophe
Well I, I, I don’t know

I know I, need my baby
I know I, need the sunshine too
I know I, want another
Want another chance, to run around, with you

With you… with you… with you…

Yeah it might be a big mistake
We all must do things our own way
We must stay strong, carry on
I want another chance to sing a song with you

With you…

Open it up, shut it down
Can we still keep the love around?
Another chance
A soul pandemic
Will we rise, will we win it
Let it go, let it be
No I won’t, let fear, get a hold of me
Here it comes, Here we go
A soul pandemic
What will we show

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