In Tweets, Van Morrison discussed his displeasure with the UK government’s use of lockdowns.
Van Morrison and Eric Clapton have also announced a new anti-lockdown track will be released on December 18th.
“Born To Be Free” stand out lyrics include:
“The new normal is not normal,
it’s no kind of normal at all.”
“Everyone seems to have amnesia,
Just trying to remember the Berlin Wall.
Some kind of new old ideology,”
“As I Walked Out” stand out lyrics include:
“As I walked out all the streets were empty
The government said everyone should stay home
And they spread fear and loathing and no hope for the future
Not many did question this very strange move
Well, on the government website from the 21st March 2020
It said COVID-19 was no longer high risk
Then two days later they put us under lockdown
Then why are we not being told the truth?
By all the media outlets and the government lackeys
Why is this not big news, why is it being ignored?
Why no checks and balances, why no second opinions?
Why are they working, and why are we not?”
The song ends by posing the question “Why are they working, and why are we not?
In the final protest song “No More Lockdown”, the song takes aim at ‘government overreach”, “fascist police”, scientists “making up crooked facts”, and celebrities “telling us what we’re supposed to feel”.
The lyrics include:
“No more lockdown
No more government overreach
No more fascist police
Disturbing our peace
No more taking of our freedom
And our God-given rights
Pretending it’s for our safety
When it’s really to enslave
Who’s running our country?
Who’s running our world?
Examine it closely
And watch it unfurl
No more lockdown
No more threats
No more Imperial College Scientists making up crooked facts
No more lockdown
No more pulling the wool over our eyes
No more celebrities telling us
Telling us what we’re supposed to feel
No more status quo
Put your shoulder to the wind
No more lockdown”
During the lockdown, Morrison started a Save Live Music campaign, which created a “Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund” to help musicians “who are facing financial hardship as a direct result of the government restrictions on live music introduced in March 2020.”
The fund provides single time grants of 500 pounds to successful applicants of the fund.
The proceeds from Van Morrison’s three anti-lockdown singles will go to the fund.