In fall 2020 Van Morrison and Eric Clapton released songs protesting lockdowns, describing the damage the economic shutdowns were causing and focused attack on our freedoms. A host of articles referenced on my blog describe the damage they were referring to.
On 9/18/20 Van Morrison announced three songs:
- Born To Be Free
- As I Walked Out
- No More Lockdowns
Eric Clapton also released a song:
- Stand and Deliver
For reasons you can easily figure out for yourself, which I will not state explicitly, the songs were trashed in public. I will not link to or summarize the articles complimenting the songs because they get more political than I choose.
Before going into further discussion of the songs, with links to Amazon and some highlights of the lyrics, here are four out of dozens of articles trashing them:
- 9/25/20 – Rolling Stone – Van Morrison Has Been Complaining For Decades. This Time It Could Be Harmful.
- 10/23/20 – Rock Cellar Magazine – Van Morrison Shares “No More Lockdown,” the Third and Final in His Series of Aggressively “Anti-Lockdown Protest Songs”.
- 12/21/20 – Los Angeles times – Eric Clapton’s anti-lockdown protest song by Van Morrison is totally worth protesting.
- 1/6/21 – Belfast Telegraph – Van Morrison’s Covid protest songs “worst of 2020”.
Merely from the titles of the articles, you can tell how much venom was poured out on the songs.
A hint of what the self-appointed critics did not like:
As I walked out all the streets were empty
The government said everyone should stay home
And they spread fear and loathing and no hope for the future
Not many did question this very strange move
After reading several articles, including some that were favorable, I wasn’t going to look at the songs any further. However, I decided to at least take a quick look. After I listened to Born To Be Free, I looked up the lyrics and listened again. Then I was intrigued and listened to all four songs, following along with the lyrics.
If you read my blog and especially if you got this far in this particular post, you will enjoy the songs.
Born To Be Free
By the way, all four of the songs are available for a mere $0.89. This one is available at Amazon at the link:(more…)