Sunday, December 03, 2023

“Rich Men North Of Richmond” Might Be Our New National Anthem

We stumbled across this a little while ago, and we knew pretty much instantly that it was going to be a something…

Here’s the YouTube version…

Here’s a little something on Oliver Anthony, the artist who recorded the song…

Oliver Anthony has become a breakout star in the music world after his track Rich Men North of Richmond melted the hearts of many listeners. The musician has amassed a whopping 44.5K on his Instagram and over 22K subscribers on his personal YouTube channel.

In his latest YouTube video, Oliver gives a brief about his background. In the video entitled ‘It’s a pleasure to meet you’ he reveals that he started writing music in 2021 when he was going through personal struggles. The musician began recording videos on his cell phone and posting on YouTube. Soon his videos started getting traction.

Hence the musician who was among the working class before began making music full time. He reveals that he used to work in a factory before his went into music full time. Oliver says that he wants to be a “voice” for the working class people who are working long hours but still struggling to get by.

And man, those lyrics…

I’ve been selling my soul
Working all day
Overtime hours
For bullsh*t, pay
So I can sit out here, and waste my life away
Drag back home, and drown my troubles away


 I wish politicians would look out for miners
and not just minors on an island somewhere.

This might be the first song that makes a reference to the Jeffrey Epstein/child sex trafficking bugaboo the music industry has been so prominently adjacent to. And it hammers fat slobs on welfare…

Lord, we got folks in the street, ain’t got nothing to eat
And the obese milking welfare
Well God, if you’re 5 foot 3 and you’re 300 pounds
Taxes ought not to pay for your bags of fudge rounds
Young men are putting themselves six feet in the ground
‘Cause all this damn country does is keep on kicking them down

We’re noticing that protest songs – and particularly protest songs coming from independent artists who aren’t affiliated with the corporate record industry; the Tom McDonalds and Bryson Grays, for example – are beginning to take over the music business.

That’s a good thing, because pop music is a wasteland and the record industry as it currently stands deserves to be disrupted and crushed.

So when a former factory worker and off-the-grid farmer goes and buys a top-grade microphone and a steel guitar and belts out a protest song for the ages, and the record industry has no part to play in his success, it tells you that the little guy isn’t done fighting.

This song has the feel of a viral sensation with some staying power. We’ll see.