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The Nurse's Song

by Quinta

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The Nurse’s Song was inspired by a news story describing the profound compassion shown by a nurse to loved ones not allowed to be present at the bedside of a dying Covid19 patient. Healthcare workers are bearing the immense trauma of frontline covid19 work on behalf of us all. The Nurse's Song is a tribute to this work.

The track launches on 5th December 2020 to coincide with the final 'Bandcamp Friday' of this difficult year and all proceeds will be donated to Cavell Nurses’ Trust supporting nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants facing personal and financial difficulties. Since the covid19 pandemic hit the UK, the Trust has seen a 175% increase in the amount of nursing and midwifery professionals needing their help compared to the same period last year. Their work is deeply important- in this of all moments.

The need for patient isolation has made the kind of situation described in the lyrics of The Nurse’s Song all too common. A recent survey of nearly 900 nurses by the charity Marie Curie found disturbing evidence of the personal cost to healthcare workers of treating covid19 patients, particularly given the patient isolation dimension. Giving distressing news to relatives over the phone and bearing the responsibility of a dying person’s final moments are tasks leaving a traumatic legacy for the profession. “I put the phone down and cried my heart out”, said one participant. “Not having the relatives with the patients during the time of death felt like a huge responsibility on nursing staff to get it absolutely right”, said another.

Please give what you can to download the track- don't be embarrassed if you can only manage a little- honestly, everything will help. It is understood that times are difficult for many at the moment. Anything you can spare will be so appreciated. And if you'd like to give more, then great!

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To find out more about Cavell Nurses' Trust, visit here:

(The image used in this post shows a Royal College of Nursing nurse's belt buckle. These buckles are given to nurses when they qualify and this one belongs to my mother-in-law).



If she were my mum
This is what I’d do
I’d hold the phone up to her face
And you’d say I love you

Her hands are pale
Her body is tired
There’s quiet around her, there’s quiet around

I’m so sorry
We couldn’t do more
The sky is above her, the ground below

When I call an hour from now
To tell you she is gone
I’ll let you know she wasn’t alone
She was with me
She was with me
She was with me
She was with me


released December 4, 2020
Written, performed and recorded by Quinta
Mixed by TJ Allen
Mastered by Shawn Joseph


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Quinta London, UK

Quinta is a London-based multi-instrumentalist performer, improviser and experimental composer.

She is one quarter of Collectress and works with a number of other artists.

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