Randy Newman Releases the Most Sincere Song of His Career: ‘Stay Away’

Randy Newman Releases the Most Sincere Song of His Career: ‘Stay Away’

The song debuted Wednesday on AirTalk with Larry Mantle.

"I've been asked by KPCC [a public radio talk station in Pasadena] to say some words about social distancing, because of my scientific background", he says at the start of the clip, adding that "apparently there's some disease that's going around".

The song runs about two minutes long, as Newman repeats the admonishment to wash your hands and not touch your face.

The song was captured from Newman's own home and has gone viral since it was posted.

Wishing everybody nicely amid the pandemic, the "You have Bought a Buddy in Me" singer performs "Keep Away" almost on his piano at dwelling as a part of a KPCC radio drive.

Newman instead recorded a piano ballad - while the song's title makes it seem like a riff off his 1972 track "Sail Away", it's an original.

"Stay away from me, baby, keep your distance, please". Stay away from me.

"I'm gon' be with you 24 hours a day, a lot of people couldn't stand that but you can", he sings of his leading lady. But you can. You'll be with me 24 hours a day.

"I wish everyone well, and wish myself well, to some extent", he says at song's conclusion. Stay safe. It's hard for Americans who don't like to be told what not at all. "Okay. All my love, everybody, bye".

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