Legendary Musicians Eric Clapton & Van Morrison Release New Anti-Lockdown Song & It’s Viral

Eric Clapton and Van Morrison release a new anti-lockdown song

Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, two legendary musicians, have released a new anti-lockdown song that rips the “police state” amid lockdown across the world that they say is making the cure worse than the disease.

The song, called “Stand and Deliver,” was released on Friday. The four-and-a-half minute blues song, written by Morrison and performed by Clapton, includes some harsh lyrics.

“Do you wanna’ be a free man or do you wanna be a slave?” Clapton sings in the song. “Do you wanna’ wear these chains until you’re lying in the grave?”

Other lyrics include: “Magna Carta, Bill of Rights/ The constitution, what’s it worth?/ You know they’re gonna’ grind us down, ah/ Until it really hurts/ Is this a sovereign nation/ Or just a police state?/ You better look out, people/ Before it gets too late.”

At the end of the song, Clapton signs: “Dick Turpin wore a mask too,” a reference to an 18th century highwayman who wore a mask to hide his identity as he committed crimes.

As we all know, musicians have been hit hard by lockdowns as live concerts have all but disappeared. Morrison, who is Irish, recently released another anti-lockdown songs titled “Born to be Free,” “As i Walked Out” and “No More Lockdown.”

Clapton and Morrison have both complained about the effect of lockdowns on musicians. “We must stand up and be counted because we need to find a way out of this mess,” Clapton previously said in a statement. “The alternative is not worth thinking about. Live music might never recover.”

Here are the full lyrics:

Stand and deliver
You let them put the fear on you
Stand and deliver
But not a word you heard was true
But if there’s nothing you can say
There may be nothing you can do

Do you wanna be a free man
Or do you wanna be a slave?
Do you wanna be a free man
Or do you wanna be a slave?
Do you wanna wear these chains
Until you’re lying in the grave?

I don’t wanna be a pauper
And I don’t wanna be a prince
I don’t wanna be a pauper
And I don’t wanna be a prince
I just wanna do my job
Playing the blues for friends

Magna Carta, Bill of Rights
The constitution, what’s it worth?
You know they’re gonna grind us down, ah
Until it really hurts
Is this a sovereign nation
Or just a police state?
You better look out, people
Before it gets too late

You wanna be your own driver
Or keep on flogging a dead horse?
You wanna be your own driver
Or keep on flogging a dead horse?
Do you wanna make it better
Or do you wanna make it worse?

Stand and deliver
You let them put the fear on you
Slow down the river
But not a word of it was true
If there’s nothing you can say
There may be nothing you can do

Stand and deliver
Stand and deliver
Dick Turpin wore a mask too

The song premiered on Youtube on December 18, and it already counts more than 110,000 views.