Blues singer-songwriters Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have partnered together for a new anti-lockdown song, “Stand And Deliver.” The new song was written by Morrison and performed by Clapton, and will be available to download on December 4th.
“Stand and Deliver” is the latest in a series of songs protesting the COVID-19 lockdown in the United Kingdom. Three other songs were released earlier this fall: “Born To Be Free,” “As I Walked Out” and “No More Lockdown.” All four tracks will support Morrison’s ongoing emergency fund Save Live Music campaign for musicians facing financial hardship.
In a statement, Van Morrison said, “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.”
Clapton told Variety “there are many of us who support Van and his endeavors to save live music; he is an inspiration. We must 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 might never recover.”
Morrison continues, “it is heart-breaking to see so many talented musicians lack any meaningful support from the government, but we want to reassure them that we are working hard every day to lobby for the return of live music, and to save our industry.”