Northern Irish music legend Van Morrison will release three "protest songs" in response to coronavirus lockdown measures implemented in the UK.
The famous singer-songwriter is set to release the songs at two-week intervals from September 25 and reportedly accuses health experts of "making up crooked facts" about the coronavirus pandemic.
The three songs - "Born to be free", "As I Walked Out," and "No More Lockdown" - all deal with the restrictions imposed by the British Government to curb the spread of COVID-19.
"Morrison makes it clear in his new songs how unhappy he is with the way the Government has taken away personal freedoms," a statement on his website said.
"I’m not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already. It’s about freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves," he said.
In another song, the veteran singer claims that the lockdown measures have been introduced as a front to enslave the general population.
"No more taking of our freedom / And our God-given rights / Pretending it's for our safety / When it's really to enslave," he sings.
Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann has criticized Van Morrison for releasing the songs and urged people to follow public health advice.
"I don't know where he gets his facts. That sort of messaging is dangerous," Swann said in response to the songs while speaking on BBC Radio Ulster's Nolan programme.
"I haven't heard the songs but if Van Morrisson has counter-scientific facts that he's prepared to stand over and have that debate with the chief scientific officer and the chief scientific advisor, I think that's how he should do it.
"Our messaging is about saving lives, so if Van wanted to sing about saving lives, that's more in keeping with where we are at this minute."
Ironically, Van Morrison's single "Days Like This" went viral at the height of lockdown after Dermot Kennedy performed the song on Ireland's Late Late Show. The song became a symbol of hope for some people enduring the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.