Oliver Anthony, the singer from Farmville, is gaining widespread attention for his politically charged song titled “Rich Men North of Richmond,” which has quickly gone viral with 8.5 million views on YouTube.
Recently, a user named radiowv posted an acoustic rendition of this blue-collar anthem on YouTube on August 11th. The video has already garnered over 8.5 million views at the time of this writing.
Anthony, a resident of Virginia, is striking a chord with fans over greed and inequality. The song’s lyrics capture the frustrations and anguish of the working class, vehemently opposing the avarice of wealthy individuals.
One can catch a glimpse of the song’s themes from its opening lines:
“I’ve been trading my soul, toiling away all day,
Extra hours for meager pay…
The world’s descent is a sorrowful view,
For souls like mine and souls like you,
Wishing reality weren’t this askew,
Yet, it is, alas, it’s true…
Those affluent men north of Richmond,
All they crave is dominance, every inch.”
The song’s resonance extends to prominent figures such as John Rich, Joe Rogan, and Matt Walsh embracing it. Even platforms like Barstool Sports and Breitbart have shared the song.
Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares lauded the song on the X platform (formerly known as Twitter), remarking, “What an outstanding song and a remarkable talent hailing from Virginia. Eagerly anticipating @AintGottaDollar’s soaring career!”
Furthermore, “Rich Men From North Richmond” has soared to the top spot on the iTunes Country chart, surpassing the previously leading track, Jason Aldean’s “Try That in a Small Town.”
Notably, the song also criticizes welfare and individuals with obesity through its lyrics:
“We witness people on the streets, deprived and bleak,
While the overweight lean on assistance so meek,
Oh Lord, a plea, if I may speak,
A 5-foot-3 frame, 300 pounds to peak,
Should tax burden satisfy bags of treats?”
Oliver Anthony has presented himself on social media as a farmer living off the grid, accompanied by his three loyal dogs. In a recent occurrence, he performed at a North Carolina farmer’s market, drawing a sizable audience, including an unplanned appearance by country musician Jamey Johnson.