Sir Van Morrison has accused the government of “taking our freedom” in three new songs protesting the coroner virus lockdown.
In song language, he claims that scientists are “creating false information” to justify the system of “enslaving” people.
“The new is normal, not normal,” he said. “We were born to be free.”
Speaking on Thursday, the prime minister said the government was doing “everything in our power” to prevent another lockdown across the country.
“I don’t want a second national lockdown – I think it would be a complete mistake for this country,” Boris Johnson told members of the Commons Liaison Committee.
“So when I dispute the rule of six or tell people that the individual is individual and the government is coming very strictly – I fully understand and I sympathize with him, but we must overcome this disease.”
‘Freedom of choice’
Recorded “recently” in Belfast and England, Sir Van’s three new songs sit in a familiar vein of jazz and bluesy R&B. However, the lyrics may be reminiscent of the angry young man who led the Northern Irish rock group Them in the 1960s.
And no lockdown is the most intense of the three tracks. “And lockdown / will not leave any other government, “Musician Chorus Guy” “No more fascist bullying / disturbing our peace.
“Our freedom will no longer be accepted / and we have been given the right of God / to pretend to protect us / to be truly enslaved.“
Another song quoted a widely circulated Facebook post in a screenshot of a UK government website as saying, “Kovid-9 is no longer considered a highly contagious disease (HCID) in the UK”.
While it is true that Covid-19 does not meet the HCID criteria – which is usually a high mortality rate (over 50% in the case of Ebola) – the disease is still considered contagious, with no specific vaccine or treatment currently available.
Live music application
Sir Van had earlier caused controversy by condemning the issue of “pseudoscience” surrounding coronaviruses.
Launching a campaign to “save live music” on his website last month, the 75-year-old said socially isolated jigs were not economically viable.
“I urge my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this issue. Come forward, stand up, fight against pseudo-science and talk.”
The Brown Eyed Girl lyricist has already played three social-distance jigs this month and two shows at the London Palladium next week, but she says this type of concert is not obsolete and she is directly concerned about the future of music.
“It’s not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current situation, it’s about starting and continuing my band and coming out of grief,” he said.
The Music Venue Trust estimates that 400 grassland locations in the UK are at risk of closure.
Sir Van said his new songs would be released two weeks apart, with Born to Be Free, the first to arrive on September 25th.
In a statement announcing the song, the musician said: “I’m not telling people what to do or what to think, the government is already doing a great job of it.
“It’s about freedom of choice. I believe people should have the right to think for themselves.”
The BBC has reached out to the government for a response.
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