'We're jabbing': Covid vaccine song remakes, from Bob Marley to Madness

Dolly Parton’s rendering of Jolene prompts host of suggestions including Black Lace’s Jab-a-doo

Dolly Parton adapted Jolene for her Covid jab celebration song, but how about looking to Ramones, Bob Marley or the Beach Boys? “Good, good, good, good vaccinations.”

Parton set social media ablaze on Wednesday by releasing a short video from her injection in Nashville. “Well hey, it’s me. I’m finally going to get my vaccine and I’m so excited,” she said.

Encouraging people to follow suit she sang a reworked version of one of her biggest hits. “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine. I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate,” she sang. “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine. ‘Cos once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.”

Get the vaccine, Parton urged people, and to all the cowards out there “don’t be such a chicken squat, get out there and get your shot.”

The video prompted an immediate outpouring of affection for Parton, who gave $1m (£716,000) last year to help develop the Moderna vaccine. “I didn’t think it possible to love Dolly more. I was wrong,” tweeted the physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili.

It also raised the question of which other songs could be repurposed to encourage people to get a jab?

Anything by the Vaccines, obviously. But would the Beach Boys settle their differences for a sing-a-long 2021 version of Good Vibrations?

“I’m picking up good vaccinations. She’s giving me the inoculations. Oom bop bop … good, good, good, good vaccinations [repeat many times].”

Might Madness urge people: “Listen buster, you’d better start to move your feet, to the rockin’est, rocksteady beat of Pfizer. One step BioNtech.”

If only Joey Ramone were still around for a reworking of the Ramones classic I Wanna Be Sedated: “Twenty, twenty, twenty four hours to go. I wanna be vaccinated. Nothing to do, nowhere to go, oh, I wanna be vaccinated.”

In response to a Guardian callout, Ian Cookson suggested Jamming by Bob Marley and the Wailers: “We’re jabbing, we’re jabbing, we’re jabbing … I hope you like jabbing too.”

Carmel Eustace adapted Kool and the Gang’s Celebrate: “There’s a party going on right here. A vaccination to last throughout the years. So bring your good times and your laughter too. We gonna vaccinate the party with you, come on now. Vaccination.”

Other suggestions included Brenda Carden’s adaptation of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive: “At first I was afraid, I was petrified. Kept thinking I’ll never get this vaccine,” and Dylan’s, who asked the Guardian to remain anonymous, reworking of Bon Jovi’s You Give Love a Bad Name: “Shot to the arm. Or it’s too late. Book your jab. And don’t wait.”

Or from Paul in Scotland who declined to give a full name: the Black Lace classic “Jab-a-doo! Do! Do! Take the plunger, it’s all free! Jab-a-doo! Do! Do! It protects both me and you!”


Mark Brown and Rachel Obordo

The GuardianTramp

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