Eric Clapton’s new single “Heart of a Child” was co-written with vaccine skeptic Robin Monotti.
Monotti is an Italian architect and film producer who earlier this year published a letter from Clapton detailing the rocker’s “severe reactions” to the AstraZenaca COVID-19 vaccine. Monotti, who is a staunch opponent of vaccination warrants and lockdown measures, then posted a video conversation with Clapton, featuring the two discussing various topics related to COVID.
While “Heart of a Child” doesn’t directly confront the pandemic or block out like some of Clapton’s other recent work, there appear to be veiled references in the song’s lyrics. Rolling stone – who had their own clash with Clapton recently – noted the lines, “We lost a man’s love / I was proud to know it / They locked you up boy / made you cry on your own” and “Turn off the TV / Throw away your phone / You don’t remember / What your daddy said” as being of pandemic inspiration.
Clapton has been very clear about his stance on COVID over the past year. In addition to his own material, the rocker has released songs with Van Morrison criticizing the UK’s foreclosure measures. Although Clapton insists he is not an anti-vaxxer, his stance against COVID vaccinations has ruffled many feathers and, in some cases, ended the guitarist’s friendships. Additionally, Clapton has refused to perform at venues in the UK that require proof of vaccination, despite performing at several of these venues during his last visit to the United States.
“Heart of a Child” arrives December 24.
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