Van Morrison condemns ‘crooked facts’ of scientists in new anti-lockdown songs

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Van Morrison has claimed governments are using Covid-19 restrictions to “enslave” the population in three new anti-lockdown protest songs.

The Belfast musician accused politicians of “taking our freedom” and claims that scientists are “making up crooked facts” as a way of controlling the public.

He makes these claims in three new songs, one of which is titled No More Lockdown.

The song’s lyrics include the lines:

“No more lockdown / No more government overreach / No more fascist bullies / Disturbing our peace

“No more taking of our freedom / And our God given rights / Pretending it’s for our safety / When it’s really to enslave”.

Later in the track, he sings: “No more Imperial College / Scientists making up crooked facts

“No more lockdown / No more pulling the wool over our eyes / No more celebrities telling us, telling us what we are supposed to feel”.

Last month, Morrison called on people to denounce the supposed “pseudoscience” around coronavirus and “speak up”, while also asking them to help save live music.

“We need to be playing to full capacity audiences going forward," he said in a post on his website.

“Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and myself appear to be the only people in the music business trying to get it back up and running again,” he added.


Morrison last month announced three socially distanced gigs in Belfast in October, with ticket prices starting at £150 (€168).

The new anti-lockdown songs are scheduled to be released at two-week intervals with the first, Born To Be Free, arriving on September 25th.

In a statement Morrison said: “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.”

A Belfast councillor has said the local authority should revoke Sir Van Morrison’s freedom of the city over his coronavirus intervention. City councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown said: “Van Morrison was given the freedom of Belfast, the highest honour the city can bestow.

“His most recent lyrics undermine the guidance in place to protect lives and are ignorant of established science as we grapple with Covid-19.

“So I’ve asked Belfast City Council to consider revoking it.

“He remains free to say whatever he wants.”

The North’s health minister said Morrison’s lockdown protest songs are dangerous. Robin Swann told the BBC: “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.

“Our messaging is about saving lives.

“If Van wanted to sing a song about saving lives, then that would be more in keeping with where we are at the minute.”

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