Van Morrison to release lockdown protest songs https://t.co/GXemIgpWa8— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) September 18, 2020
Van the Man will also be reworking his back catalog:
Astral Weeks (Hooked Up To A Ventilator)
Cleaning Windows (But Refusing To Use Hand Sanitizer)
These Fever Dreams Of You
Have I Told You Lately That I'm A Covidiot?
Call Me Up In Trumpland
Bring It On Home To Me
And The Healing Has Not Begun
No Guru, No Method, No Mask
I Forgot That Germs Existed
Did Ye Get Healed (With Hydroxychloroquine)?
Jackie Wilson Said Drinking Bleach Cures Coronavirus
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But, hey, the new songs sure sound catchy!
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. ...No More Lockdown is the most strident of the three tracks. "No more lockdown / No more government overreach," the musician sings in the chorus. "No more fascist bullies / 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."
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 said his new songs would be released at two-week intervals with the first, Born To Be Free, arriving on 25 September.
[Morrison:] "I'm not telling people what to do or think ... I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this. Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up."