Eric Clapton continues to wage musical warfare against COVID-19 vaccines and lockdowns
Clapton opens his song with a bluesy shuffle and bracing words: “This has to stop/Enough is sufficient/I can’t take this b.s. “I can’t take this b.s. any longer.”
Clapton may also refer to the repercussions that he felt after receiving the vaccine. The lyrics read, “I knew something was wrong/When you started setting the law/I can’t move my hands, it breaks out in sweat/I want to cry, it’s too much.”
The animated video that is included features stick figures with signs reading “Liberty” or “Enough is Enough,” and other social statements regarding excessive media consumption and climate change.
Clapton wrote the song and Simon Climie, his long-time producer, produced it. He is joined by drummer Sonny Emery and bassist Nathan East, as well as background singer Sharon White.
The singer-guitarist will perform a few U.S. shows, primarily in the South starting Sept. 15, in Austin. Last month Clapton reportedly posted a statement on film producer Robin Monotti Graziadei’s Telegram account that he would not play any venues that required proof of vaccinations for entry. USA TODAY was unable to confirm this report after reaching out.
Clapton began last year to voice his dissatisfaction with the government’s COVID-19 mandates, and their impact on the live music business.
In December he released an anti-lockdown song up with Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison called “Stand and Deliver.”
Listeners are encouraged to challenge the narrative that they have been hearing with lyrics like: “Stand up and deliver/ They put fear in your heart/But if you don’t know what to do/ There may not be anything you can do/ Would you rather be free/ Or a slave?
Morrison’s Save Live Music campaign, which benefits those in the U.K./Ireland music industry, received proceeds from the track.