Amelia Ray

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I woke up on New Year's Eve with the line "2020's just a day away" stuck in my head. At first it made me laugh because no matter how I tried, I couldn't bring myself to sing "2021's just a day away". The more I repeated it, the more the line sounded like a warning. I imagined someone carrying that warning back in time to people in 2019 to let them know they had better get their partying in while they still could. As the song developed and I thought about the events of 2020, it occurred to me how many people were fervently awaiting the new year - as if a magical stroke of the clock would set everything right again. It seemed the people living in 2020 also needed a warning: nothing was going to change unless they changed it.

Six hours after I'd woken up, "Marooned" had been written, composed and recorded. I spent the rest of the day awash in a confusion of hesitant, skeptical celebration.

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