Eric Clapton takes on COVID-19 overreach in new protest song: ‘This Has Gotta Stop’

Iconic recording artist Eric Clapton doubled down on his anti-COVID-19 policies this week when he released a new politically-charged single, “This Has Gotta Stop.”

The bluesy song was released with an animated music video showing drawings that seem to represent oppression, tyranny, and the heavy hand of governments around the globe during the past year and a half of COVID-19 policymaking. Faceless figures appear in the video to be entranced and addicted to their smartphones and televisions. Some figures hold signs with the words, “liberty,” “stop,” and “enough is enough.”

“This has gotta stop/ Enough is enough / I can take this BS any longer,” the 76-year-old musician sings in the opening of the new track.

The lyrics seem to pay homage to the issues Clapton had with his own vaccination. Earlier this year he reported concerns that he may never play guitar again over the “severe reactions” he had to the AstraZeneca jab.

“I took the first jab of AZ [AstraZeneca] and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days,” Clapton wrote on Twitter. “I recovered eventually and was told it would be 12 weeks before the second one…”

“I knew that something was going on wrong / When you started laying down the law / I can’t move my hands / I break out in sweat / I wanna cry, / Can’t take it anymore,” Clapton sang.


(Video Credit: Eric Clapton)

Other images in the music video suggest that the pandemic policies are creating slaves of the human race. Clapton’s lyrical response suggests that he will continue to fight the draconian policies, singing, “If you wanna claim my soul / You’ll have to come and break down this door.”

Clapton has put his money where his mouth is, as earlier this year he made it clear that he would not put up with vaccine mandates from power-hungry politicians, vowing not to perform any show that required a vaccine to attend.

“I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present,” Clapton wrote in response an announcement from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordering the use of vaccine passports. “Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.”

Reactions to Clapton’s new song were as divided as one might expect from pandemic politics,  revealing that many people are still under the trance of lockdown politics and but others have woken up to the realization that freedom is worth fighting for, even during a pandemic.

Late last year, the British musician released an anti-lockdown song in collaboration with Van Morrison called “Stand and Deliver.” The lyrics carried a somber message about the lockdown policies.

“Stand and deliver / You let them put the fear on you” and “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?” are just two of the messages in the song. “Magna Carta, Bill of Rights/ The Constitution, what’s it worth?/ You know they’re gonna grind us down, ah / Until it really hurts / Is this a sovereign nation / Or just a police state?”

Ashley Hill

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