In a bid to keep spirits up, Bon Jovi revealed he’s started a track titled “Do What You Can” after a photo was taken of him washing dishes in his JBJ Soul Kitchen, which offers food aid to a New Jersey community. On seeing the image, he titled it “When you can’t do what you do, you do what you can.”
“These are trying times we’re going through – uncharted territory, the great unknown,” Bon Jovi said in a new video. “But one thing is for sure – we’re gonna make it through. … I did what I do best, which is to sit down with my guitar and try to put something into words for you, to brighten up your day. Here’s my idea: We write this one together.”
He performed the first verse and chorus, then played the chords that will go with a second verse. “You tell me your story,” he suggested. “Tell me what you’re going through. Tell me how you’re feeling. Tell me if you’re hurting. … Sing your song, you and me together, and remember, if you can’t do what you do, you do what you can.”
Bon Jovi’s lyrics begin: “Tonight they’re shutting down the borders and they’ve boarded up the schools / Small towns are rolling up their sidewalks, one last paycheck coming through.”
And in the chorus, he sings, “When you can’t do what you do, you do what you can / This ain’t my prayer, it’s just a thought I’m wanting to send / Round here we bend but don’t break, down here we all understand / When you can’t do what you do, you do what you can.”
If you want to add a suggestion for the song, Bon Jovi said you should write it on your social media accounts and include the hashtag #DoWhatYouCan.
There are currently a total of around 340,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed worldwide, with 14,704 dead and 99,014 recovered. That’s an increase of 25,000 cases and 1,121 deaths in 24 hours. In the U.S., the total infections have reached 35,060 (up 1,514) and deaths totaled 457 (up 38).