VAN MORRISON TO RELEASE LOCKDOWN PROTEST SONGS
Sir Van Morrison has accused the government of “taking our freedom” in three new songs that protest against the coronavirus lockdown.
In the lyrics, he claims scientists are “making up crooked facts” to justify measures that “enslave” the population.
“The new normal is not normal,” he sings. “We were born to be free”.
Recorded “recently” in Belfast and England, Sir Van’s three new songs sit in a familiar vein of jazz and bluesy R&B. However, the lyrics recall the angry young man who fronted Northern Irish rock group Them in the 1960s.
No More Lockdown is the most strident of the three tracks.
Another song references a widely-shared Facebook post, of a screenshot from a UK government website saying, “Covid-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK”.
Sir Van has previously caused controversy by denouncing what he called the “pseudoscience” around coronavirus.
Launching a campaign to “save live music” on his website last month, the 75-year-old said socially distanced gigs were not economically viable.