Van Morrison rails against virus restrictions in new songs

Carla Harmon
September 19, 2020

Sir Van Morrison, the latest high-profile United Kingdom musician to take a stand against Covid-19 restrictions, is set to put out three songs, unloading on those "taking our freedom" and questioning the gravity of the pandemic.

First up is "Born to Be Free", out September 25, followed by "As I Walked Out" on October 9, and "No More Lockdown" on October 23. In "Born to Be Free", he sings: "The new normal, is not normal/It's no kind of normal at all/Everyone seems to have amnesia/Don't need the government cramping my style/Give them an inch, they take a mile".

Morrison will put out three new tracks in the coming weeks, starting with one called Born To Be Free next week.

In 'No More Lockdown, ' the Northern Irishman says the curbs "enslave" people, effectively labels the British government as "fascist bullies", condemns celebrities for "telling us what we are supposed to feel" and charges scientists for "making up crooked facts". "The government is doing a great job of that already", he said in the statement.

"It's about freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves".

Another song references a widely-shared Facebook post, of a screenshot from a United Kingdom government website saying, "Covid-19 is no longer considered to be a high outcome infectious disease (HCID) in the UK".

The health minister for Northern Ireland, Robin Swann, described the new songs as "dangerous".

"I know whose message I would rather listen to", Mr Swann told BBC Radio Ulster's Nolan programme.

He said the songs, mixing jazz and blues, were recorded recently in Belfast and England.

This is not the first time the "Brown Eyed Girl" singer has created controversy over coronavirus lockdown policies.

"I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this", he wrote on his website.

Launching a campaign to "save live music" on his website last month, the 75-year-old said socially distanced gigs were not economically viable. "Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up", he said.

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