Sunday, April 21, 2024

Eric Clapton and Van Morrison’s Anti-Lockdown Song “Stand and Deliver” Compares COVID Measures to Actual Slavery

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It gives me no pleasure to announce that two of my rock and roll heroes, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, have released the stupidest political song ever recorded. “Stand and Deliver” is a sad reveal of these two men’s innate lack of education, intelligence, and intellectual capacity. What a shame that they opened their mouths and produced this crap. My father died this week of COVID related illness. I’ve lost dozens of friends and acquaintances. We have a friend now, she’s 42, she has an 11 year old son, one of our care givers, is in the hospital battling COVID now.

That these two idiots are so self absorbed not to realize they are rich and live in an isolated world already is shocking. They want to play gigs, poor babies, but they’ve never been to a supermarket or a drug store. Everything is done for them. So why should they related to people in the real world? They don’t even understand that John Prine and Hal Wilner, whom they each knew, died of COVID. So it’s a fucking night for a Moondance. Put on a mask.

And how about this racist verse? It’s not unexpected. Both Van and Eric have lived off of Robert Johnson’s music for their whole careers. Do they really think wearing a mask and being locked down makes you a slave? The African American population has been devastated by COVID. What doh-dohs. What idiots. As far as I’m concerned, their legacies are ruined.

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?

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

PS Dick Turpin, mentioned in the last line, was a romanticized English criminal from the 1700s. He wore a mask when he committed his crimes. If he’d taken off it now, he’d get COVID or give it to someone. Numbskulls.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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