This is the moment a husband-and-wife duo score an online hit with their coronavirus-themed rendition of 80s classic ‘Come on Eileen’ after being challenged to find something that rhymed with COVID-19.
Singaporean couple Edward Choy and Jo Tan, both reportedly esteemed actors in Singapore, posted the clip on Facebook with the revised lyrics to the Dexys Midnight Runners classic where it has been viewed over 54,000 times.
Jo wrote: “Ed and I were both supposed to be working this Valentine’s Day but instead we’re at home! Here is a little duet largely written because we have too much time and also someone said COVID-19 had no song because it didn’t rhyme with anything.”
In the footage, the cheerful couple dance in their seats as the intro to an instrumental version of ‘Come on Eileen’ plays in the background.
Instead of the singing the title during the intro, the couple opens with ‘COVID-19’ instead.
The changed lyrics then start: “Do you feel okay? Sneeze into your elbow, wear a mask please hello.
“On the MRT, if you wanna cough, please bugger off.”
Meanwhile, the iconic chorus is changed to: “COVID-19, oh this virus is mean, and this moment, it means everything.
“Long quarantines, sometimes breathing machines, all is dirty. Cos COVID-19.”
Netizen ‘Philip Faith’ said: “Very nicely done!”
‘Jobina Ho Thurman’ wrote: “Such an awesome video! You and your beautiful wife are incredible!”
‘Jeanette Lee’ commented: “U guys are really talented and amazing! I especially love the last part.”
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