Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have collaborated on the anti-lockdown song “Stand and Deliver”, the latest in a string of “Live Live Music” tracks written by the Irish singer-songwriter.
“Stand up and deliver / You fear them over yourself / Stand up and deliver / But not a word you heard was true,” Clapton sang on the bluesy track, which, like its predecessors, the UK Government Is accused of snatching individual paradigms to prevent the spread of coronavirus. “But if there is nothing you can say / There is nothing you can do / Do you want to be a free man / Or do you want to be a slave?”
“Stand and Deliver” was originally scheduled for release on December 4, but the track was postponed until December 18.
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– Van Morrison (@vanmorrison) 19 December 2020
In early September, Morrison released a trio of anti-lockdown songs – “Born to Be Free”, “As I Walk Out” and “No More Lockdown” – which aired widespread criticism, including Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swan Granted. As the song “Dangerous.”
Swann said in Morrison’s lyrics, “It’s really a stain on all those involved in the public health response to a life-threatening virus. Their words will comfort conspiracy theorists – tin foil Hat brigades who crusade against masks and vaccines and think that this is a huge global conspiracy to remove all freedom. “
“There are many of us who support the van and its efforts to save live music; He is an inspiration, ”Clapton previously said of the collaboration. “We should 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 can never be right. “
“Eric’s recording is fantastic and will clearly resonate with those who share our disappointment,” Morrison said in a statement. “It is heartbreaking to see so many talented musicians not lacking any meaningful support from the government, but we want to assure them that we are working hard every day to make a return to live music And we can work hard to save our industry. “
Moving beyond the anti-lockdown tracks supports Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which helps musicians experience hardships as a result of coronavirus and the resulting lockdown measures.