Eric Clapton doesn’t seem to be backing down from his stance against COVID-19 policies.
On Friday (Aug. 27), the 76-year-old legendary musician — who previously said he refuses to play live shows that require attendees to prove they’ve been vaccinated — dropped the politically-charged new song “This Has Gotta Stop.”
“This has gotta stop, enough is enough/ I can’t take this BS any longer/ It’s gone far enough, you wanna claim my soul/ You’ll have to come and break down this door,” he sings in the opening lines of the bluesy track.
In the accompanying animated music video, faceless figures gather in protest holding signs emblazoned with such messages as “Liberty,” “Enough is Enough” and “Stop.” Elsewhere, the clip features socially charged references to the over consumption of media and concerns about climate change.
In July, Clapton stated that he won’t grace “any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.” The iconic guitarist also feared he would “never play again” following health issues after both doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Clapton seems to reference his past issues with the COVID-19 vaccine in other lyrics from “This Has Gotta Stop,” which was produced by his his longtime producing partner Simon Climie.
“I knew that something was going on wrong/ When you started laying down the law/ I can’t move my hands, I break out in sweat/ I wanna cry, I can’t take it anymore,” the musician sings.
“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?” the duo sing on the track. “Stand and deliver/ You let them put the fear on you.”
Watch the video for Clapton’s “This Has Gotta Stop” below.
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