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New Van Morrison song reopens Covid lockdown war of words with Robin Swann

Van Morrison has written a new song linked to his on-going row with Robin Swann
Staff reporter

VAN Morrison appears to have reopened his Covid lockdown war of words with Health Minister Robin Swann.

His new song, previewed on the internet last week, is called Dangerous and echoes his well-publicised row with the Ulster Unionist politician.

In Rolling Stone magazine in 2020, Mr Swann criticised Sir Van’s opposition to the coronavirus restrictions in a series of anti-lockdown songs.

In June last year the east Belfast singer was filmed chanting “Robin Swann is very dangerous” on the stage of Belfast’s Europa Hotel after a concert there was cancelled because of Covid rules.

At one point he called North Antrim MP Ian Paisley Jnr up from the audience to join him in the chants.

Video footage of the pair later went viral.

Mr Paisley subsequently defended his involvement as “parody and sarcasm”.

Mr Swann has launched legal proceedings over the reference to the "very dangerous" remarks in a move Sir Van "disappointed" him.

The singer's latest song appears on his 43rd album, What's it Gonna Take? and defends his opposition to lockdown which he said was killing live music.

In it he sings: “Somebody said I was dangerous”, adding “I said something bad, it must have been good”.

Writing about Dangerous, Rolling Stone magazine headlined an article: “Van Morrison escalates war against Northern Ireland Health Minister.”

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