Eric Clapton's anti-lockdown protest song by Van Morrison is totally worth protesting

Van Morrison (left) and Eric Clapton, who will perform at London's O2 Arena in March 2020, have teamed up for an anti-lockdown protest song. (Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images)
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Van Morrison and Eric Clapton's new anti-lockdown track "Stand and Deliver", the fourth such song that Morrison has released since the pandemic began, is unlikely to become Britain's # 1 public holiday affair.
First, COVID-19 cases are blossoming in the UK; second is the song, well, meh. Extreme meh.
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Clapton plays Stand and Deliver, which Morrison wrote. It's a standard blues riff familiar to fans of both artists. Unfortunately, the lyrics sound like they came from Speak & Spell. Let's roll the tape:








Stand and deliver

You let them lay fear on you

Stand and deliver

But not a word you heard was true

But if there is nothing you can tell

There may be nothing you can do
Do you wanna be a free man

Or do you want to be a slave?

Do you wanna be a free man

Or do you want to be a slave?

Do you wanna wear these chains

Until you lie in the grave
I don't want to be a poor man

And I don't want to be a prince

I don't want to be a poor man

And I don't want to be a prince

I just wanna do my job

Playing the blues for friends
OK, we get it. Musicians are among those who are most difficult financially during the pandemic. Unless you're talking about Taylor Swift, who was damn busy releasing new albums "Folklore" and "Evermore". But we digress.
The fact is that "Stand and Deliver" is no catchy tune.
Morrison and Clapton undoubtedly have supporters of their cause, which calls for a return to normality where musicians can make a living performing live. In November, the musician "Moondance" asked the Northern Irish government to provide "a timetable and roadmap for the resumption of live music".
All proceeds from Stand and Deliver and Morrison's three previously released anti-lockdown tunes will go to a foundation set up to help artists in difficulty, and a petition published on November 4th is nearing its 1,000-signature target .
But since the musician made his roadmap request, the novel coronavirus hasn't worked exactly together. Cases in the UK fell from a high of 33,470 in mid-November to 11,299 on November 24, then turned and headed for a new high: there were 35,928 new COVID-19 cases in the UK on Sunday. In addition, there is a new, more infectious strain of the virus in parts of England - and it is also suspected in Northern Ireland, where Morrison lives.
"It is with a very heavy heart that I have to tell you that we cannot continue Christmas as planned," said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday, announcing the return to strict lockdowns in many parts of the country. Instead of watching the vacation lockdown rules relax as planned, Londoners packed the trains on Sunday as they paused to get out of town on time and break new travel restrictions.
Morrison's earlier anti-lockdown song, cleverly titled "No More Lockdown," which he performs himself, clearly shows the musician taking up the government's response to the worst pandemic since the 1918 Spanish flu.
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