Published Dec 18, 2020Sadly, COVID-19 continues to kill thousands each and every day, and sadly, Van Morrison and Eric Clapton are using their celebrity status to selfishly whine about their loss of personal freedoms and income as we all try to get out of this mess. But if you want to hear these old white men of privilege put their misguided complaints down in song, their promised "Stand and Deliver" is here.
The song is as horrible and damaging as you could expect. Written by Morrison and sung by recognized racist Clapton, the song asks, "Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?"
The song also goes on to drop lines like "Is this a sovereign nation / Or just a police state? / You better look out people / 'Fore it gets too late."
In a previously released statement, Clapton said: "There are many of us who support Van and his endeavours to save live music; he is an inspiration. We must stand up and be counted because we need to find a way out of this mess. The alternative is not worth thinking about. Live music might never recover."
Morrison added: "Eric's recording is fantastic and will clearly resonate with the many who share our frustrations. It is heart-breaking to see so many talented musicians lack any meaningful support from the government, but we want to reassure them that we are working hard every day to lobby for the return of live music, and to save our industry."
"Stand and Deliver" follows a long line of anti-lockdown anthems by Morrison as he tarnishes his legacy one song at a time with such titles as "Born to Be Free," "As I Walked Out" and "No More Lockdown."