Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl's song 'Easy Sleazy' likens those who aren't taking Covid vaccine to flat-earthers
The song sees Jagger complain about boredom during lockdowns and looks forward to the joy that will come when they end
Mick Jagger, frontman of the Rolling Stones, collaborated with Dave Grohl, frontman of The Foo Fighters, to release a solo single titled 'Easy Sleazy' which celebrates life after the pandemic lockdown and mocks those who lack confidence in Covid-19 vaccine.
The song — for which Grohl played drums, bass, and guitar — sees Jagger complain about boredom during lockdowns and looks forward to the joy that will come when they end. In one particular verse, he likens those against vaccines to flat-earthers.
Shooting the vaccine, Bill Gates is in my bloodstream
It’s mind control
The Earth is flat and cold. It’s never warming up
The Artic’s turned to slush
The second coming’s late
There’s aliens in the deep state
Jagger also sang elsewhere, "That’s a pretty mask / but never take a chance." In a conversation with Rolling Stone, Jagger said he wrote the lyrics in reference to "irrational" friends who were anti-vaxxers.
“It just seems to be that even people you know that are relatively sensible about a lot of things have one thing that they just don’t kind of get,” he began. “I have several friends and relations and they go off on these things that just doesn’t… They’re just irrational. Of course, there’s no point in speaking to people about it. They don’t get it. They got what they believe in and they believe in that. And it doesn’t matter what you say, they’re gonna believe in it. And rational thought doesn’t work.”
“Even a country like France that prided itself in the 18th Century on rationality is the most anti-vaccine country in Western democracy. It’s not as if [vaccines] are a new thing,” Jagger continued. “When I was a child, which was a really long time ago, people would die from polio. They would just not be there the next day. And that’s been eradicated through vaccines. These poor children were either dead or crippled, and I had lots of friends like that. Would you rather have a vaccine if you had a child or would you rather their legs not work? You can’t argue with these people." He added: "So that’s how I got to the conspiracy theories; through the anti-vaxxers. Even I didn’t mention it in that verse; I probably should’ve though [since] I just went off on it.”
Meanwhile, actor Morgan Freeman became the latest Hollywood star to urge people to get the vaccine. “I’m not a doctor, but I trust science,” Freeman said during a public service announcement for Creative Coalition, a nonprofit arts advocacy group. “And I’m told that, for some reason, people trust me.”
“So here I am to say, I trust science and I got the vaccine,” he continued. “If you trust me, you’ll get the vaccine. In math, it’s called the distributive property. In people, it’s called taking care of one another. Get the vaccine. Help make our world a safe place for us to enjoy ourselves again. Please?”
That said, some poked fun at Jagger over his controversial lyrics. "Great! I don't need scientific proof of the efficiency or safety of vaccines anymore. The predications of some rock singers might be enough," one quipped. "I always go to Mick for medical advice. But when it comes to rock and roll, it's my general practitioner. My doc rocks!" another added. "I remember when these guys once were anti-establishment," a third reminisced.
Great! I don't need scientific proof of efficiency or safety of vaccines anymore. The predications of some rock singers might be enough. 🥱— CSGNICE (@CSGNICE1) April 13, 2021
I always go to Mick for medical advice. But when it comes to rock and roll, it's my general practitioner. My doc rocks!— Rick Thomas (@RickThomasNet) April 14, 2021
I remember when these guys once were anti establishment.— Goodie (@goodiedaman) April 13, 2021