Eric Clapton’s “Stand and Deliver” Lyrics Meaning
We’ve seen a few senior artists, such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, step to the mic to drop new songs in 2020. And when they have done so, the tracks understandably tend to be deeper than what their younger counterparts are concurrently putting out. And Eric Clapton, at the ripe age of 75, is taking a similar approach. However in his case, he is not dropping the type of elder wisdom and reflection on his life’s course that we have come to expect from popular septuagenarian singers. Rather he is dealing with a very hot, trending topic, which is the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically he is taking a very-strong, even controversial stance. And this stance is against how the government has handled the situation, which is largely by putting masses of people on lockdown.
And for the most part, the singer’s gripe with this reality is two-fold. First and foremost, he perceives what’s going down as an infringement on civil liberties. Secondly, he is also concerned by how his own livelihood as a musician has been adversely affected. And why? This is because live musical performances (and even small gatherings) have been put to a halt.
Indeed this song was written by one Sir Van Morrison, who has taken it upon himself to speak out against how the whole “pandemic” is being handle. He speaks up on behalf of performing music artists who were basically put out of work by the pandemic response. And in terms of said rationale, he basically feels that the threat of the spread of the coronavirus via live musical performances is BS. And whereas such a sentiment is not expressed forthrightly in the lyrics, you can tell that Clapton is operating under a similar sentiment. Indeed the title of the song reads like a call the singer is making to the audience to actually “stand” up to those (i.e. the government) he feels are bullying us in the name of combating COVID-19.
Writing Credits for “Stand and Deliver”
As stated earlier, “Stand and Deliver” was written by Irish musician Van Morrison. And this is the first time he has created a song with Clapton.
A Charity Song
Money generated from the sale of this song will be donated to a charity Morrison setup called the Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund.
All in all, “Stand and Deliver” is succinctly put an anti-lockdown song, with a special albeit very brief emphasis on how the “unnecessary lockdowns” affect musicians.