Van Morrison is set to release three anti-lockdown protest songs, a project in which he describes the government as being “fascist bullies” and accuses scientists of “making up crooked facts”.
“The new normal, is not normal,” he sings. “We were born to be free,” he adds, according to the BBC. The three tracks are titled ‘No More Lockdown’, ‘Born To Be Free’ and ‘As I Walked Out’ which are set to arrive in two week intervals starting on September 25th.
On ‘No More Lockdown’, Van Morrison sings: “No more lockdown / No more government overreach” as the musician sings in the chorus. “No more fascist bullies / Disturbing our peace.” He then later adds: “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 allegedly 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 claiming the virus was a lot of “pseudoscience”, explaining: “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.”
The Belfast icon has already played three socially-distanced gigs this month, and has two shows booked in at The London Palladium next week but says this isn’t an act of compliance with him maintaining long-term these shows are unviable.
“This is not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current state of affairs, this is to get my band up and running and out of the doldrum,” he said on his decision to play the socially distanced arenas in Newcastle and London.