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Out of tune: I would love to defend Van Morrison but I can’t agree with him on Covid

Gail Walker


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Controversy: Sir Van Morrison has recorded three songs with lyrics opposed to coronavirus safety advice

Controversy: Sir Van Morrison has recorded three songs with lyrics opposed to coronavirus safety advice

Controversy: Sir Van Morrison has recorded three songs with lyrics opposed to coronavirus safety advice

Sir Van Morrison holds a special place in Northern Irish hearts. A songwriter of genius, allied to the sensibility of a poet, he is a cultural icon up there with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

But he means more than that to us. He has told our stories in his songs, from the early days of Astral Weeks with its references to Cyprus Avenue and Sandy Row, to getting "lemonade and Paris buns" in Cleaning Windows, to "stopping off at St John's Point" in Coney Island, to Days Like This and the peace process.

He has shown that the fabric of our lives here is worthy of the highest art.