Icon Van Morrison has been protesting against the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown the U.K. Government has implemented, stating they are “taking our freedoms.”
His new songs have been described as “songs of protest” that are completely against the government’s decisions to close businesses, which happen to include live music venues.
Morrison stated, “I’m not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already. It’s about freedom of choice. I believe people should have the right to think for themselves.”
This star-studded Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will release three songs:
- As I Walked Out – This song lists the specific dates the U.K. Government changed their guidance regarding COVID-19
- Born to Be Free – This song is Morrison stating U.K. citizens have amnesia “trying to remember about the Berlin Wall.” He does not expand the issue further.
- No More Lockdown – This song lays out Morrison’s thoughts expressively. Part of the song states: “No more government overreach,” “no more fascist bullies,” and “No more taking of our freedom.” He expresses claims saying government officials are “pretending it’s for our safety when it’s really to enslave.”
Northern Ireland’s health minister Robin Swann stated in response, “I don’t know where he gets his facts. I know where the emotions are on this, but I will say that sort of messaging is dangerous.”
Morrison’s songs will be released between two-weeks intervals, the first (Born to Be Free) debuting September 25.
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Written by Ashley Riordan