Don't Panic

by Dean Lombard



When someone tells you not to panic, usually two things are true: there's something happening worth panicking about; and panicking will limit your ability to deal to with it well. There's a tension between those two things – and that's what I tried to convey in this song, working in my room with unfamiliar instruments while a global pandemic was settling in and police were out arresting people for being outside without a good enough reason.

Thanks to the West Song songwriting collective for the theme of 'panic', and the Darebin Songwriters' Guild songwriting workshop crew for the challenge of writing a song on an instrument I don't normally play. I enjoyed doing this so much, I don't think this is my last synth-based song.


Everything is falling down
Everyone is walking round
Everything has gone away
Everything has changed

The eyes are everywhere
Frightened neighbours, bold crusaders
Cops with clubs and guns and tasers
Parliament has closed right down
Anocracy’s the new game in town

But don’t panic

The pathogen is everywhere
It’s on the doorknob, on the table
Underfoot and in the air
Keep your distance, stay away from friends and strangers
Don’t resist us, you don’t understand the danger

But don’t panic


released May 6, 2020
Written and recorded on the land of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong peoples of the Kulin Nation. This land was taken by force and sovereignty was never ceded. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging; and hope for a true and just reconciliation between our peoples.

Words and music, vocals, synths and drum programming, recording, editing and mixing, design and photography by Dean Lombard. Recorded at Khartoum St Studio. Mastered by Adam Dempsey.


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Dean Lombard Melbourne, Australia

Quirky and poignant songs about love, loss, politics, society, life, death, cultural imperialism, propaganda, violence and redemption. All handmade in a room full of instruments, with occasional collaborators by invitation only.

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