Sir Van Morrison accused the government of “taking our freedom” in three new songs to protest the coronavirus lockdown.
In the lyrics, he alleges that scientists are “fabricating twisted facts” to justify actions that “enslave” the population.
“The new normal is not normal,” he sings. “We were born to be free.”
Speaking on Thursday, the prime minister said the government is doing “All we can“To prevent another nationwide lockdown.”
“I don’t want a second national lockdown – I think it would be a total mistake for this country,” Boris Johnson told lawmakers on the House of Commons Liaison Committee.
“So when I see people arguing against the Rule of Six or say the government is so deeply interfering with individual freedoms and so on – I fully understand that and I sympathize with that, but we must defeat this disease.”
‘freedom of choice’
New Sir Van songs were “recently” recorded in Belfast and England, in a context familiar to R&B jazz and blues. However, the lyrics recall the angry young man who faced the northern Irish rock band Them in the 1960s.
No more insurance is the strictest of the three tracks. “No more shutdowns / no more government interference“The musician sings in the choir.”No more fascist bullies / disturbing our peace.
“No more taking away our freedom / Our God has granted rights / Pretending for our safety / When it really comes to slavery.“
Another song that references prof Widely shared The social networking site Facebook Mail, From a screenshot from a British government website saying, “Covid-19 is no longer considered a High Impact Infectious Disease (HCID) in the UK”.
While it is true that Covid-19 does not meet the HCID criteria – which usually has a high mortality rate (up to 50% in the case of Ebola) – the disease is still considered highly contagious, without specific vaccines or treatment currently available.
Live music call
Sir Fan had previously caused controversy by condemning what he called “pseudo-science” about the Corona virus.
The 75-year-old launched a “Save Live Music” campaign on his website last month, and said socially distanced gigs are not economically viable.
“I call on fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters, and others in the industry to fight with me on this. Come stand and fight pseudoscience and speak up.”
Songwriter The Brown Eyed Girl has already played three socially distant parties this month, and he’s having two shows at The London Palladium next week, but he says these types of concerts are unsustainable and he’s concerned about the future of live music.
“This is not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current situation, this is to make my teams work and emerge from the state of stagnation,” he said.
The Music Venue Trust estimates that 400 popular sites in the UK are at risk of closing.
Sir Fan said his new songs will be released every two weeks with the arrival of the first single, Born To Be Free, on September 25.
In a statement announcing the songs, the musician said: “I am not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a really great job.
“It’s about freedom of choice. I think people should have the right to think for themselves.”
The BBC contacted the government for a response.
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