Listen to ‘As I Walked Out,’ the Second Anti-Lockdown Song from Van Morrison

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Earlier this month, Van Morrison made his perspective known: He’s very opposed to government-imposed lockdowns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, so much so that he planned a series of “anti-lockdown protest songs” after penning a “Save Live Music” essay urging a return to full-capacity live concert performances.

He’s now premiered two of the planned three songs in this mini-series, with “As I Walked Out” showing up late last week.

Not interested in veiling his thoughts behind subtlety, Van Morrison’s point of view is about as clear as could be with this one:

As I walked out all the streets were empty
The government said everyone should stay home
And they spread fear and loathing and no hope for the future
Not many did question this very strange move

Well, on the government website from the 21st March 2020
It said COVID-19 was no longer high risk
Then two days later they put us under lockdown
Then why are we not being told the truth?

The track joins “Born to Be Free,” the first song shared from his trio of protest anthems — a tune featuring lines like this:

Don’t need the government cramping my style
Give them an inch, they take a mile
Take you in with a phony smile
Wouldn’t you agree
The new normal is not normal
It’s no kind of normal at all
Everyone seems to have amnesia
Just trying to remember the Berlin Wall

The third song, “No More Lockdown,” will premiere on Oct. 23.

“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,” said Van Morrison of these three songs.

Meanwhile, furor caused by Van Morrison’s hardline public stance drew the ire of Northern Ireland’s health minister, Robin Swann, who told Rolling Stone in late September, “We expected better from him … Some of what is he saying is actually dangerous. It could encourage people not to take coronavirus seriously. If you see it all as a big conspiracy, then you are less likely to follow the vital public health advice that keeps you and others safe.”

Swan added:

“He’s chosen to attack attempts to protect the old and vulnerable in our society. It’s all bizarre and irresponsible. I only hope no one takes him seriously. He’s no guru, no teacher.” 


  • mark bloomstein says:

    Van is a rock and roll God, one of the all time greats but his politics are as bad as his choice in dentists.

  • Gary says:

    No mention of Van Morrison performing 3 concerts in London last week ???
    Was is good ??
    Was it a superspreader event ???
    Anything ???

  • ImaHippyBurning says:

    If you believe your Government these days then you believe this Virus came from Bat Soup!

  • The Usual Suspect says:

    God Bless Van Morrison, he get’s it. I don’t need a nanny. I’m not sick, I do not wear a hijab, Westerners call it a mask. Hiding, letting someone steal your identity, people are more worried about online identity than than losing one’s facial identity. Life is always risk versus reward anyway. It’s a political invention for sure.

  • Loo says:

    Thank you, Van Morrison, for speaking your mind in a time when people all over seem eerily content to follow one line of thinking and label any difference in opinion as conspiracy.

  • Rolf says:

    Always liked Van Morrison, glad to see him resisting the elite’s “Great Reset”.

  • Opie says:

    At last, an artist that thinks for himself!

  • Ron Johnson says:

    The songs are…meh. But the sentiment is right on. Morrison is right…we were born to be free from the know-it-elite-overseers who think they are so smart that they can dictate how the rest of us must live. Such incredibly arrogant people are incapable of admitting when they are wrong, and they have been dead wrong with all of their predictions and prescriptions so far. Centralized decision making doesn’t work very well because, as Hayek noted, the farther removed from the experiences individuals living their lives, the sketchier their knowledge and the more arbitrary their prescriptions. We all have brains, even the least smart among us, and we all can use them to make decisions for ourselves based on our own circumstances.
    Rock on, Van.

  • Mark Brophy says:

    What makes you think that the politics of freedom is a bad thing?

  • Charles Beall says:

    Totalitarian, collectivist control of our lives, or freedom to live peacefully on our own terms. Van Morrison gets it.

  • Patricia Tursi, Ph.D. says:

    Not many greats have their eyes open. Sweden leads the way with the lowest death rate in Europe, an intact economy and herd immunity. This whole casedemic is an exercise in mindless control of the world’s population so that Microsoft patent 060606 (Luciferase) can be jabbed into arms and then the person can legally be tracked in the US with bill 6666. This experimental vaccine fronted by Bill Gates (who has 2 years of college & expertise only in internet technology but desires world control) will contain RNA to rewrite all human DNA, nanobots for transhumanism control and probably RFD chips for your digital wallet and a means of relaying all of your personal info & receive info for behavior control. Morrison sees through the BS.

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