Van Morrison Writing Songs About COVID Restriction Unhappiness and Fans Have Title Ideas

Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison is hoping for some marvelous nights outside of lockdown sometime soon. On Thursday, he announced that he'd be releasing three protest songs in the coming weeks about government regulations, leading his fans to re-write some lyrics to his classic songs.

In a post on his website, Morrison shared that the first of the three songs "Born To Be Free" will be released on September 25, followed by "As I Walked Out" on October 9 and the rather literally titled "No More Lockdown" on October 23. A press release obtained by Newsweek says that he "makes it clear in his new songs how unhappy he is with the way the Government has taken away personal freedoms."

The BBC reported that the songs are packed with government criticisms and skepticism about the virus. One lyric speaks against "making up crooked facts." Another is a little more on the nose: "No more taking of our freedom / And our God given rights / Pretending it's for our safety / When it's really to enslave," according to BBC.

Despite calling them "protest songs," Morrison said that he's not necessarily seeking to shift anyone's opinion on the virus. "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," he said in a statement.

On his website, Morrison also expressed his concern for concert venues that may be forced to shut down due to COVID lockdowns. He plans on playing the songs live for the first time at the London Palladium, where he is scheduled to perform on Wednesday September 23.

Morrison's conspiracy-riddled lyrics and vocal-opposition to COVID lockdowns have led to fans re-writing some of his biggest hits into coronavirus parodies on Twitter. Comedian Sarah O'Connell put her own spin on "Brown Eyed Girl," with the lines, "Spreading and infecting/On a hospital ventilator with/Our hearts a stoppin' and you, my 5G girl." Another Twitter user shared a GIF from American Werewolf in London, where the singer's best song "Moondance" plays, saying that his protest song should be a spoof of a Creedence Clearwater Revival classic called "Bad Mood Rising."

Other people took the opportunity to give Morrison songs twists on other conspiracies like comic David Baddiel, who reworked "Moondance" to be about the conspiracy that the moon landing didn't actually happen.

A few people scoffed at Morrison, saying the singer wasn't relevant and therefore there's not much to worry about with the new songs protesting lockdown. Other people tweeted that the singer was acting like your typical neighborhood conspiracy theorist, sharing their arguments on Facebook.

If you're looking for positive Van Morrison content, enjoy this cover of "Who Was That Masked Man" by another Irish great Sinead O'Connor.

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Van Morrison perform during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2019 50th Anniversary at Fair Grounds Race Course on April 28, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Morrison announced he'll be releasing three COVID lockdown protest songs. Getty/Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic