In his lyrics, we can definitely hear how frustrated he is.
Our kids are the ones who have to go through the government's bad public school system. Social experiments are being done on our sons and girls. We, the poor and middle-class Americans, fight to find insurance, homes, and food that we can afford while working hard at jobs that barely pay the bills. Still, the government, the rich, and the people who work for them keep taking.
Our tax money goes to Ukraine, but President Joe Biden says he has "no comment" on the terrible fires in Maui. Our tax money is wasted on green energy schemes that don't work, while coal workers lose their jobs and gas prices go up. People can barely buy food or gas because Bidenomics is working so well, but our taxes pay for "bags of fudge rounds" for "the obese milking welfare." The most annoying thing is that the elites in Washington never seem to have to live with the results of their own decisions.
Andrew Klavan, who has a podcast, often talks about how the muse speaks through the artist and how, often, the less aware the artist is, the more prophetic their work is. Anthony's song seems to be about these things.
Anthony said in comments that this song is not about politics: "It seems like both sides serve the same master. And that master isn't doing the people of this country any good."
This is 100% correct. People in the middle are disenfranchised, shamed, and cheated out of their hard-earned money, and then one side or the other uses them as protection. But the answer isn't to tear down and destroy the America that used to be. A restoration and a rebirth are the right answers.
These words: "It's a damn shame what the world has become for people like you and me." I wish I could just wake up and find out it was all a dream. But it is, oh, it is—they really spoke to me because they were about parents. Many of us don't want to raise our kids in this kind of world. But this is the world we live in, and there doesn't seem to be much we can do about it right now.
Anthony's protest song "High Lonesome" and the fact that it went viral for the right reasons show how much of the current mood he caught in the lyrics and delivery.
Artist Laughs at GOP Debaters Who Mention Popular Song "Watchman: Rich Men North of Richmond" He is the Real Deal
The first Republican primary debate this week featured the viral song "Rich Men North of Richmond," currently topping the Billboard 100 and iTunes charts.
"As we sit here tonight [Wednesday], the No. 1 song on the Billboard chart is called 'Rich Men North of Richmond.' It is by a singer from Farmville, Virginia, named Oliver Anthony. His lyrics speak of alienation, a deep frustration with the state of government and this country," co-moderator Martha MacCallum said.
"Washington D.C. is about 100 miles north of Richmond," MacCallum continued. "Why is this song striking such a nerve in this country right now?"
Responding to the question, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the country "cannot succeed when the Congress spends trillions and trillions of dollars" and that those "rich men north of Richmond have put us in this situation."
Days later, on Friday, Oliver Anthony (real name Christopher Anthony Lunsford), the unknown artist who was once a factory worker living in forgotten Appalachia, published a YouTube video saying it was "funny seeing it [song] at the presidential debate because it's like I wrote that song about those people."
"So for them [DeSantis and all the other Republican candidates] to have to sit there and listen to that that cracks me up uh but it was funny kind of seeing the response to it like that song has nothing to do with Joe Biden you know it's a lot bigger than Joe Biden um that song is written about the people on the on that stage and a lot more too not just them."
He continued, "I hate I do hate to see that song being weaponized like I see I see the right trying to characterize me as one of their own and I see the left trying to um trying to discredit me I guess in retaliation uh that shit's gotta stop if you watch the response videos on YouTube to this song it's not conservative people responding to the song it's not even necessarily Americans responding to the song um I don't know that I've seen anything get such positive response from such a diverse group of people and I think that terrifies the people that I sing about in that song and they've done everything they can the last two weeks to make me look like a fool to spend my words to try to stick me in a political bucket and they can keep trying but I'm just going to keep on writing and I've got a lot of words to put down on paper."
And this is why the establishment is scared by the song... Unity.
While establishment Republican presidential candidates duked it out on stage this week, the front-runner, former President Trump, ditched Fox for a Tucker Carlson interview, which might have stolen the show with over 255 million views and counting.
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