(adapted by Will Quale & Ben Fink,
from orig. words and music by Freddie Perren & Dino Fekaris)

first sung New Years Eve 2020, fifteen minutes before midnight

At first I was afraid, I was petrified
Social distance, isolation, and my friends far from my side
And I spent oh so many nights thinking how this year's gone wrong 
Then I found songs, and I learned how to get along

Now look at us, with this year through
We can feel our friends' embraces from six feet apart, it's true
And though you've put us all through hell, we'll still be out there on the green 
We'll be singing all our songs knowing soon we'll all be free

    Go on now, go, walk out the door
    The year is turning now: you're not welcome anymore
    You're the year that tried to kill us with your virus and your lies 
    You think we'd crumble? You think we'd lay down and die?

	Oh no, not I, I will survive
	Oh, as long as I know how to sing, I know we'll stay alive
	We've got all our lives to live, and we've got all our songs to give 
	And we'll survive, we will survive, hey, hey

It took all the strength we had not to fall apart
Until we found a way to sing that opened up our hearts
We'd spent oh so many nights just feeling sorry for ourselves 
We used to cry, but now we raise our voices high

Most of this year's been a disgrace
But now it's time to put you in the past and sing Amazing Grace
We set a new course in November, showed what "we the people" means 
And soon we'll have a fighting chance with Tony Fauci and vaccines

    Go on now, go, walk out the door ... 

	Oh no, not I, I will survive ...

    Go on now, go, walk out the door ... 

	Oh no, not I, I will survive ...

recording: Town Common Songs (recorded 1 January 2021) [YouTube]