Sir Van Morrison has accused the government of "taking our freedom" in three new songs that protest against the coronavirus lockdown.
In the lyrics, he claims scientists are "making up crooked facts" to justify measures that "enslave" the population.
"The new normal, is not normal," he sings. "We were born to be free".
Sir Van said his new songs would be released at two-week intervals with the first, Born To Be Free, arriving on 25 September.
In a statement announcing the songs, the musician 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."
Recorded "recently" in Belfast and England, Sir Van's three new songs sit in a familiar vein of jazz and bluesy R&B. However, the lyrics recall the angry young man who fronted Northern Irish rock group Them in the 1960s.
No More Lockdown is the most strident of the three tracks.
"No more lockdown / No more government overreach," the musician sings in the chorus. "No more fascist bullies / Disturbing our peace.
"No more taking of our freedom / And our God given rights / Pretending it's for our safety / When it's really to enslave." Read more . . .