JoJo Changes Lyrics to ‘Leave (Get Out)’ to Encourage Social Distancing

The remix we need

March 19, 2020

Pop singer JoJo rose to fame for her song “Leave (Get Out)” in which she asks a lover to, well, leave and get out.

However, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, she has changed the lyrics to her 2004 song, instead asking people to stay home and slow the spread of COVID-19, a respiratory illness that as of March 18 has sickened 191,127 and killed 7,807 people around the world, according to the World Health Organization.

The 29-year old shared a video of herself singing the updated song on TikTok, this time asking people to use common sense. “Stay in, right now, do it for humanity,” she belts.

The catchy lyrics allude to people having to learn how to cook and practice good hygiene while home, and also admonish those who are ignoring the CDC’s call to practice social distancing. “Come on, I know you’re not dumb. To go behind my back and hit the bar shows how immature you really are,” she sings.

More than a dozen states have ordered the temporary closures of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs after the CDC urged that gatherings of more than 50 people halt across the country for the next eight weeks.

This past week, throngs of spring breakers flooded the beaches of Florida, sparking outrage from health experts. “If I get corona, I get corona,” one spring breaker told CBS News. “At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying.”

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