Just An Oul" Thing That's Going Around

from Song Bridge by Colum Sands

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I had the idea for this song whilst involuntarily overhearing exchanges in a doctor’s waiting room in whispers which included the timeless though rather vague diagnosis,“It’s just an oul’ (old) thing that’s going around!”

I happened to be reading a newspaper article at the same time about the recent explosion in factory farming and the reckless use of chemicals to force growth in the food chain.

Wonderful as the work of modern medicine can be in dealing with illness, it occurred to me that much important preventative work could be done by taking more care of the environment which takes care of us all.


9. Just An Oul’ Thing That’s Going Around 4:15
Words and Music Colum Sands © Elm Grove Music

It’s just an oul’ thing that’s going around,
That’s what the doctor says,
Take one of these in the morning and at night
And come back in a couple of days.

Could be something in the water,
Could be something in the air,
Or something that they’re putting in the ground,
Whatever it may be, as far as I can see,
There’s a lot of it going around.

Could be something that you ate
Could be something that you drank,
The leakage of a business scheme,
Like 50,000 pigs all going for a pee,
Just about a mile upstream.

Could be half a million chickens
That are coming home to roost,
Raising the ammonia alarm,
Anaerobic indigestion could be closer than you think,
Down on the factory farm.


Could be something you have taken
From whatever you’ve been taking
To keep that oul’ thing away,
Side effect or cause, it’s time to take a pause
From the hurry and the scurry of today.

Could be something in the phones
That are sticking to our ears,
So I can talk to you and you to me,
Are we melting down each other just to download faster
On 2, 3, 4, 5G?


Trees are growing thinner
And health is not a winner
When the never-have-enoughs have all the say,
Cutting down, spraying, generally betraying
Any part of nature in their way.

Are we farming to the call
Of the pharmaceutical?
Do the prophets of the profits rule supreme?
If you’re crazy for the cash then you’re itching from a rash
That won’t be cured by cream.



from Song Bridge, released April 28, 2020
Colum Sands: vocals, ukulele, double bass & percussion with Anne Harper: bass clarinet, Ben Sands: backing vocals


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Colum Sands Newry, UK

Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world.
Drawing on countless performances, Sands uses humour and shrewd observation to celebrate what unites rather than what separates. His latest album “Song Bridge” includes many of the songs written for his extensive environmental campaigning over the past two years.
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