The Fear Of God


Van Morrison and Eric Clapton


Following his latest collaboration with Van Morrison on anti-lockdown song Where Have All ther Rebels Gone….

…Eric Clapton, in a message to covid response critic Robin Monotti Graziadei, writes:

‘I am an old timer, I have survived, with great help, addiction and alcoholism, and stand now in the greatest dilemma of my life…

I have inwardly stood against our ‘elected leaders’ since Brexit, intuitively doubting their integrity and character…

With the arrival of C-19 I hoped that C Henegan, S Gupta and Jay B would lead the way, but when Imperial College stepped up with their jailer’s key, I knew we were in deep trouble…

I am a man of faith, albeit abstract, and what I felt and saw unfold in March ‘20 began to lead me away from govt rhetoric and the devotion of the general public to the PM and his cronies…

I looked for heroes in the house [UK Parliament], and found C Walker, Desmond Swayne, and in unfortunate retirement, Lord Sumption

On YouTube I found Hugotalks and Talk Radio… that was all….

Then I was directed to Van M, that’s when I found my voice, and even though I was singing his words, they echoed in my heart…

I recorded “Stand and Deliver” in 2020, and was immediately regaled with contempt and scorn…

In February this year, before I learned about the nature of the vaccines, (and being 76 with emphysema) I was in the avant garde. I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days, I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one…

About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers. Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone….

Then I met a member of this group [Covid response critics], who counselled me to be careful and to have a look at what goes on with you guys…

I felt like a veil had been lifted, that I was no longer alone, that it was okay, in fact essential, to hold on to my intuition and follow my heart

I continue to tread the path of passive rebellion and try to tow the line in order to be able to actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know…

I’ve recorded another song by Van called “The Rebels” it’s not aggressive or provocative, it just asks;

“Where have all the rebels gone?

Hiding behind their computer screens

Where’s the spirit, where is the soul

Where have all the rebels gone”

I’ve been a rebel all my life, against tyranny and arrogant authority, which is what we have now, but I also crave fellowship, compassion and love, and that I find here…

I believe with these things we can prevail.’


Now play ‘Layla’.

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31 thoughts on “The Fear Of God

  1. Paulus

    If it’s a recent pic?…Clapton is looking well, while Van has the beetle/cockroach look nailed.

  2. J9

    He says he suffers with peripheral neuropathy and then goes on to describe the most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and saying they happened because he took the vaccine? Right so …

    1. Clampers Outside

      Yes, he says the symptoms were a reaction. There are many medications that will trigger the symptoms. Medications I’m sure he would normally avoid. But he was assured of safety, and yet he had a reaction.

      What exactly is wrong with what he said?

      1. george

        The vaccines are safe. That doesn’t mean there are no short term side effects and that has never been denied.

  3. Col

    “I’ve been a rebel all my life, against tyranny and arrogant authority,”.

    No he hasn’t. He spoke out against immigration and in support of Enoch Powell. He supports the Countryside Alliance and fox hunting.

    1. george

      He more than spoke out against immigration he used racial slurs and the national front slogan “Keep Britain White”. He never withdrew his support for Enoch Powell.

      Always found his music particularly soulless despite his guitar playing abilities.

    2. Nigel

      He went on some MASSIVE racist rant back in the 70s, though I think he’s apologised for it since. But yeah. Do people that not realise that the rebels arenlt always the good guys?

      1. Col

        But preferring the status quo (don’t let more foreigners in) and defending old-school establishment practices (fox hunting) is not rebellious.
        In fact, one might say those things are the opposite of what rebels usually do.

  4. Spot of Bodge

    Aren’t they extraordinary, these men of faith, who follow their heart? Extra ordinary. Specially selected. Simply better.

  5. U N M U T U A L

    Von Morrison & Oberstabsbootsmann Clapton…
    Nazty Strat’Lickers!!!…

    que in daisy in 5… 4… 3… 2… . . ;-)

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      Another rent free head to live in. Very roomy, due to the small brain inside.. makes a nice cushion though.

  6. Junkface

    Showbiz people have a weak grip on reality. Actors and musicians seem to go off the deep end the worst. So many anti-vax musicians online. So he had a bad reaction to the vaccine, while it probably saved his life at his age at the same time. These things can happen to 1% of people, doesn’t mean vaccinations are not an important public health issue. These lads are from the generation that benefited from the 1st polio vaccine in the 50’s, they probably knew childhood friends who had it. Forgot how healthy their childhoods were. I wonder did they both finish school too? Education has a role to play in anti-vax types.

    1. Bodger

      Junkface, Clapton, Van, Ian Brown and Right Said Fred are the only ones to my knowledge who have spoken out.

    2. M

      It is a myth that the polio vaccine cured polio.

      It did nothing of the sort.

      It did end up giving cancer to a hundred million people though via SV40 contamination..

      At least it did something I guess.

        1. ian-oG

          This is the sort of high quality commentator that is attracted to this site these days.

          Sad but hardly a surprise.

          ”The polio vaccine is a myth, and the Earth is actual oblong shaped, we know because we tested it with sheeps bladders…..”

      1. alickdouglas

        100 million people got cancer from polio vaccines? Did you consider the implications of that before you wrote it? The Atlantic publishes plenty of interesting articless, believe it or not research moves on, and there has been work published subsequent to that article from 2000. Nice summary (with references) in the link below from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

        The discovery of SV40 in the cell lines was an important realisation in improving standards for vaccin development and manufacturing. In particular it pushed for a move away from the use of Primary Monkey Kidney Cells, which was particularly good for the vervet monkeys that supplied said kidneys. Your highlighting of a safety signal that led to subsequent in depth research and systems improvement is badly informed antivaxx propaganda.

    3. Clampers Outside

      They’d also be aware then of the issues in that polio vaccine roll out.
      Eric is clearly not anti-vaccine but is, from what I’ve read above, advising caution.

      I lean that way. I’ll take the vaccine, but I won’t give it to my kid without a longtern study.

  7. Donald McCarthy

    Having broken with the PLO, Eric was hijacking planes with one of the more radical groups in the early 70’s. When things got too hot his good mate Van, gave him a safe space in Belfast. Quickly bored and knowing Van’s brother, Danny, was on the run in South Armagh, Eric persuaded Van to give him a lift to Forkhill. A dab hand at mixing the old Richardson’s Two Sward with a plastic shovel, Eric was soon known as FastHand Clapton. Later he turned up in Bolivia where he led an abortive anarchist uprising. And thanks to his warbling and plucking skills, he got away with it all.

  8. Bobby

    It’s just Showbiz Kids making songs about themselves, you know they don’t give a fupp about anybody else…..

  9. Otis Blue

    Fun fact: Clapton once owned Barberstown Castle, the popular Co. Kildare wedding venue, selling it in 1987.

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