Family go viral with lockdown version of Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Kent doctor and his family go viral with hit tongue-in-cheek lockdown rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse Of The Heart

  • Marsh family from Kent shared their rendition of the song to YouTube on Tuesday
  • The rendition, ‘Totally Fixed Where We Are’, has since racked up over 430k views
  • Ex-England rugby player Mike Tindall shared song, posting: ‘Absolutely love this!’
  • Family previously went viral for a musical adaptation made in the first lockdown

A family-of-six have gone viral for their tongue-in-cheek lockdown version of Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Dr Ben Marsh, his wife Danielle and their four children – Alfie, Thomas, Ella and Tess – from Faversham, Kent, shared their rendition of the Bonnie Tyler classic to YouTube on Tuesday.

The song, fittingly named ‘Totally Fixed Where We Are’, has since racked up more than 430,000 views and over 550 comments.

Its description reads: ‘Still stuck with all four kids at home until at least 8 March, and watching to see what impact the rollout of vaccines will have, versus the arrival of new strains of Covid-19. Hopefully we’re going to turn a corner soon.  

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‘In the meantime, we opted to take the mickey out of a classic 80s power ballad.’

As part of the chorus, the family sings: ‘But we’ve grown a lot in height, there’s no way for us to measure.

‘And if you look our clothes are tight, we’ve been eating more than ever.

‘All these screens must be harming our sight ’cause we’re on all day long, together we once limited the hours online, now someone’s got the Xbox One on all of the time (all of the time).’

They continue: ‘I don’t know what to do, we work in fits and starts, we’re sitting in pyjamas making catty remarks.

‘We’re really feeling uptight, my bedroom’s like a building site. Once upon a time we could travel abroad, now we barely get in the car.

‘There’s nothing we can do, we’re totally fixed where we are.’ 

Dr Marsh, a history lecturer at the University of Kent, told KentOnline: ‘The kids and their teachers have been great and done the best they can to keep motivated and engaged.

Dr Ben Marsh, his wife Danielle and their four children – Alfie, Thomas, Ella and Tess – from Faversham, Kent, shared their rendition of the Bonnie Tyler classic to YouTube on Tuesday

Ex-England rugby player Mike Tindall shared the latest rendition on Twitter, posting: ‘Absolutely love this!!!’, with other social media users also heaping praise on the family

‘But there’s only so much you can expect of them when you can’t give them proper attention.

‘So we wanted to do a song that relayed that idea but without getting everyone down or being too mournful.’

It is not the first time the Marshes have made headlines for their music videos, previously going viral for their version of Les Misérable’s One Day More during the first coronavirus lockdown.

The musical adaptation was even played on ITV’s This Morning, leaving host Holly Willoughby in tears, gushing: ‘It makes me really emotional. I think it’s just that family coming together.’

Family of singers: The family previously performing a rendition of song One Day More from the classic musical Les Miserables, changing the lyrics to reflect life in lockdown

Ex-England rugby player Mike Tindall shared the latest rendition on Twitter, posting: ‘Absolutely love this!!!’ 

Social media users also heaped praise on the song, with one person commenting: ‘Absolutely class, thank you all for giving the nation belly laughs when we need it most.’

Another wrote: ‘Outstanding. Children’s voices astonishing, and lovely to see the family co-operate like this (despite what you say).’

A third added: ‘This might be the best pandemic parody I’ve heard. I love it! “Our pants are tight … sitting in pajamas making catty remarks … mental decline…” YES! 

‘We have all those things too. Thanks for the morning laugh.’

‘Totally Fixed Where We Are’: Lyrics in full

Third lockdown, 2021 and it’s a little bit lonely, no-one’s ever coming round

Third lockdown, 2021 we bet we’d all be outside but I’m still listening to the sound of their tears

Third lockdown, every day I’m treated like I offer room service but they mess it in the blink of an eye

Third lockdown, every now and then we get a little bit terrified of when we think she’s gonna let fly

Third lockdown, time flies, struggling to tell the days apart

Third lockdown, time flies, feels as if we’re only at the start

But we’ve grown a lot in height, there’s no way for us to measure

And if you look our clothes are tight, we’ve been eating more than ever

All these screens must be harming our sight ’cause we’re on all day long, together we once limited the hours online, now someone’s got the Xbox One on all of the time (all of the time)

I don’t know what to do, we work in fits and starts, we’re sitting in pyjamas making catty remarks

We’re really feeling uptight, my bedroom’s like a building site

Once upon a time we could travel abroad, now we barely get in the car

There’s nothing we can do, we’re totally fixed where we are

Once upon a time we went hiking for miles, but now we can’t be arsed with the park

Nothing we can say, we’re totally fixed where we are

[Interpretative dance interlude]

(Used to be ‘bright eyes’) Struggling to tell the days apart

(Now ‘Lord of the Flies’) It feels as if we’re right back at the start

And we leave on all the lights, I don’t close the doors in winter

Dad said use only black and white, we’ve been ruining the printer

And we’ll always be picking a fight, ’cause they’ll never be ‘wrong’

We’re physically older but in mental decline, we won’t go back to school until the eighth of March

Just sitting in our dressing gowns and giving off farts

We’re really feeling irate, like bears that never hibernate

Forever in a lockdown state

Once upon a time we were singing Les Mis, but now it’s 80s songs from the charts

Nothing we can say, we’re totally fixed where we are.

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