With words that were akin to something out of a classic track from the 60s, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, sent shock waves throughout the Irish music industry last week when, having commented that 'some jobs will not come back', she said 'there is no point waiting for the never never'.
Coming from a person who is the former Minister for Arts, her words sounded alarms bells for the thousands of people throughout Ireland who are either directly or indirectly involved in the Irish music industry either professionally or semi-professionally.
It would be very easy to just think of musicians and songwriters when one thinks of the 'music industry' but when artists go on tour, enter a recording studio or release an album or single there are many other people directly affected.
Within everything from touring to recording, some of the people employed through the music industry include: sound engineers; graphic designers; electricians; carpenters; stylists; journalists; lighting engineers; press officers; A&R personnel; radio pluggers; stage crew; music equipment stores; caterers; runners; managers; agents; tour managers; videographers, and photographers.
However, without doubt the 'face' of the music industry are the artists who spend their lives honing their craft and presenting their original songs and music to live audiences through touring and recording.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has absolutely nailed the Irish music industry to the floor.
Artists all over the country have been prevented from earning a living, through no fault of their own, however, unlike some other industries many within the music sector feel not enough has been done to provide support to those who work within a sector that provides immeasurable value to Irish society and not just in monetary terms.
Multi award-winning songwriter Luan Parle has worked with some of the most celebrated names in the business.
A regular visitor to County Wexford, the talented Wicklow songsmith had just released her latest album, ''Never Say Goodbye', when the pandemic hit.
Having booked a tour she was eagerly anticipating presenting her new songs to her live audience when all of her plans went out the window as a result of the lockdown.
However, speaking to this newspaper about the current situation she said the Irish music industry is in crisis and said the comments expressed by Minister Humphreys were a cause of great concern.
'This is your livelihood, this is your job,' she said, with regard to being a professional musician and songwriter.
Parle has worked within the industry since she was 12-years-old and as she pointed out it's all she's ever known.
'Obviously, we have to curtail live performances because there is a risk with people gathering and especially with gigs in smaller venues,' she said.
'However, I feel there should be support financially for those who have been affected by this and who are unable to work within the music industry at the moment,' she added.
She highlighted the fact that it's not just musicians who are affected and a lot of other professionals and tradespeople are also out of work because of the lockdown and the knock-on affect that's had on the music industry - especially live performances.
'We can't put on shows until it's safe to do so and I have looked into the viability of doing smaller capacity shows but it's not feasible,' said Parle.
'I feel there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, but you have to feel that,' she added.
Minister Humphreys comments with regard to encouraging people to retrain really alarmed Parle who said: 'If we did go off and retrain then our industry is gone and that thought is frightening.'
'What would the world be like without music and songs?' she asked.
'It's certainly not a world I'd like to be in and what about up-and-coming songwriters; it's something we [the Irish] have always been known for.'
Parle went on to say: 'The 'never never' comment is like saying that's the end of the Irish music industry and how would someone explain that to their son or daughter, if it's something they're interested in, that it's something they need to give up,'
With regard to her own music plans Covid-19 effectively put everything on hold in terms of live performances but it didn't stop the creative juices flowing.
'I had just brought out the album in February and had a tour scheduled,' she said.
Some of those dates were in sold-out venues too and she was looking forward to what, no doubt, would have been a very successful tour.
'At the start I think I was actually a little bit in denial about the situation but then you saw how serious it was and I started an online series of gigs which meant I still got to sing the new songs and I got to interact with people, albeit in a different way,' she said.
She also looked at what other people were doing through streaming channels and adapted her work approach accordingly.
'I have had to adapt to 'the new normal',' she said.
'I continued to release singles and the album and promoted them from home,' she added.
She said that continuing the creative process and finding new ways of doing things was also good from a mental health perspective.
However, she said there is a worry with the apparent approach adopted by Minister Humphreys.
'You'd question why are you doing this if there is going to be no industry,' she said.
However, the art of songwriting is something that comes from within people and most musicians who do write their own songs wouldn't be able to stop even if they tried because it's part of who they are.
'There has been a lack of regard for the arts and the entertainment industry during this pandemic,' said Parle.
For people like her there is no Plan 'B': 'It's all I've ever known, it's all I've ever done and I never had a Plan B outside of music.'
However, she does plan to keep on creating new music 'in the hope that things will come back to normal.
Parle signed her first record deal when she was 12 and has been involved in music most of her life.
In addition to writing and releasing her own work teaching songwriting has also been a passion of hers, however, she said the lack of a structured plan from the Government has created concern among those in the industry.
'If we knew there would be nothing for 12 months then at least you could focus on that and plan for that,' she said.
'It would be nice to have a goal that you could work towards that date,' she added.
'I think that is why it's important for the Government to support professional musicians until we can go back to work.'
Parle is a board member of the IASCA (Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors) and she said the organisation was approached by the Emergency Covid Committee and asked for its opinion on how the music industry has been affected by the pandemic.
'We put in a proposal for the committee,' she said.
Parle agreed that a more unified approach might be needed from those within the industry rather than a large number of lone voices expressing concern.
'I agree there needs to be a task force set up because we are in a state of crisis at the moment within the music industry,' she said.
'There is strength in numbers and to have a group of voices heard as opposed to lone voices would be better,' she added.
'This is our job, it's our livelihood and what Minister Humphries said was like a kick in the teeth.'
However, she does plan to stay focused on developing ideas for a new album and get them recorded.
In the meantime, while focused on the here-and-now, she is really looking forward to getting back to doing what she was born to do - performing live.