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Video: People listening for the first time to RICH MEN NORTH OF RICHMOND
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August 18, 2023 4:40 am
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I did a post on the song on Monday and noted that, during the 45 minutes I was doing my PT exercises that morning it was viewed 200,000 times on YouTube.

Now, it has 20,000,000 as po'd say, effinVIEWS.

This video includes the entire 20 million views song video. It's as powerful a song a message as I've heard. It brings to mind that brief anti-war message moment near the end of ALICE'S RESTAURANT.


Memo to the MAGA-obsessed:

The song captures the worldview shared by the mommies and daddies and nannas and pappaps who drive 8 or 12 hours to attend MAGA rallies...

...yet, what's powerful about this video is seeing the emotion of, mostly, people of color, as they watch Oliver Anthony sing.

Red and yellow, black and white, people really do HatetheSwamp!

Really HatetheSwamp. Really, really!!!!! As the song says, "It's a d@ng shame...for people like me and people like you."

You wanna know why, after four indictments, Trump support increases? He's tellin you why.

Listen to the song a few times. Bidenomics, or, as the song says, "The dollar ain't $#!t. Because of the rich men north of Richmond." Because of "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap..." and his string pullers.

And, feel the anger and hate toward the elite and you po, isle, Curt and Donna, their minions.



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  1. by oldedude on August 18, 2023 5:52 am
    This is the elitist prigs worst nightmare. Between Anthony and Marine Rapper (and others I'm sure), this is what the left fears the most. And it's giving those without a voice, some hope to unite without the BS of race, religion, or ethnicity, and looking at the content of their character.

    For Lead's video, Marine Rapper is introduced at the 7:00 mark. Rapping to Anthony right after that.

    Isle- this is an example of political relativity. You push hard, and you get a hard push back.
    View Video


  2. by HatetheSwamp on August 18, 2023 6:07 am

    Bang on, OD, on the Marine Rapper segment.

    Interestingly, when I listen to Anthony, I think of two people first and foremost. Nancy Pelosi (the prototypical rich "man") who made a mega fortune through insider trading and po who is a meme for progressive hate of average people.

    What I'm thinking makes the song such a sensation is the unquenchable rage which spits back in the face of wannabe elitists eho people like you and me encounter regularly...like po...like isle, who think they're better-than, but ain't.

    It's not a conservative anthem. Libertarian anthem, maybe.


  3. by Ponderer on August 18, 2023 7:20 am

    Here's a link below to just the song without any commentary. I wasn't going to sit through all the extraneous editorializing in Hate's video.

    And here are the lyrics. As you read them, keep in mind that of course he's only singing about Democrats and Progressives and Trans people and left wing billionaires being the problem. He's very subtle about it ("people like me and people like you"... yeah, real subtle.), but trained ears like Hate's and olde dude's easily picked up on his hidden meaning and that they are the true audience for this song.


    [Verse 1]
    I've been sellin' my soul, workin' all day
    Overtime hours for bullshit pay
    So I can sit out here and waste my life away
    Drag back home and drown my troubles away

    [Pre-Chorus]
    It's a damn shame what the world's gotten to
    For people like me and people like you
    Wish I could just wake up and it not be true
    But it is, oh, it is

    [Chorus]
    Livin' in the new world
    With an old soul
    These rich men north of Richmond
    Lord knows they all just wanna have total control
    Wanna know what you think, wanna know what you do
    And they don't think you know, but I know that you do
    'Cause your dollar ain't shit and it's taxed to no end
    'Cause of rich men north of Richmond

    [Verse 2]
    I wish politicians would look out for miners
    And not just minors on an island somewhere
    Lord, we got folks in the street, ain't got nothin' to eat
    And the obese milkin' welfare

    [Verse 3]
    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 puttin' themselves six feet in the ground
    'Cause all this damn country does is keep on kickin' them down

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Lord, it's a damn shame what the world's gotten to
    For people like me and people like you
    Wish I could just wake up and it not be true
    But it is, oh, it is

    [Chorus]
    Livin' in the new world
    With an old soul
    These rich men north of Richmond
    Lord knows they all just wanna have total control
    Wanna know what you think, wanna know what you do
    And they don't think you know, but I know that you do
    'Cause your dollar ain't shit and it's taxed to no end
    'Cause of rich men north of Richmond

    [Outro]
    I've been sellin' my soul, workin' all day
    Overtime hours for bullshit pay


    My above commentary was satire. It's not a bad song. As country songs go, it's quite good in fact. But it's far from being the MAGA Republican, anti-woke anthem Hate wants to make it out to be. It speaks to everyone in this country who works for a living in this hopeless world that Capitalism has dumped them in. The song is omnipartisan. But Hate is free to call it his own if he likes.

    I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a Grammy. I love a good rags to riches story like this.


    View Video


  4. by oldedude on August 18, 2023 7:41 am
    Lead- If you listen to both of them coming from different spectrums of our culture, I think Libertarian is the more common thread. And for a white boy in a country song that can resonate with people on a broad spectrum like that is amazing. Especially for folks who are scraping along, trying to provide for their families. I loved the first line of Marine Rapper's part. Where he recognizes the women, and the mom's that have kids first. This is a problem the black community has spoken about, and no one cares about. It's single moms.


  5. by oldedude on August 18, 2023 7:52 am
    Po #3- As you read them, keep in mind that of course he's only singing about Democrats and Progressives and Trans people and left wing billionaires being the problem.

    I disagree. It includes all of congress (et.al.), and billionaires, and those who believe it's up to the government to teach us what "true" beliefs are. The tax and spend people (both sides of the aisle), those taking away rights of parents. a government invading private farmland and restricting its use. It's the bureaucracy that doesn't care about people.

    I guess if the shoe fits... and. those shoes also fit the other side as well. Welcome to being a libertarian.


  6. by HatetheSwamp on August 18, 2023 7:56 am

    And here are the lyrics. As you read them, keep in mind that of course he's only singing about Democrats and Progressives and Trans people and left wing billionaires being the problem.


    Keeheeheeheeheeheeheehee hoo ha. Baha.

    Right. A song about Dems, progressives and trans people doesn't get 20 million views in less than a week and a half. You need to watch the video. YouTube is exploding with them. People of color sayin, "Yeah man."

    He's singing about typical Americans.

    That's the amazing thing. It's why the songs become phenomenal. The song's an expression of rage...an anger effinMILLIONS who ain't elite or elite wannabes wake up feeling every day.

    My above commentary was satire. It's not a bad song. As country songs go, it's quite good in fact. But it's far from being the MAGA Republican, anti-woke anthem Hate wants to make it out to be.

    Uh uh, po. Nice try. pb didn't say that it's a MAGA, anti-woke anthem.

    pb wrote, "The song captures the worldview shared by the mommies and daddies and nannas and pappaps who drive 8 or 12 hours to attend MAGA rallies..."

    What the song says beats in the hearts of the people whom you deride as "fascistic and disgusting" MAGA Republican" "Christian theocrats." The mommies and daddies and nannas and pappaps who make personal sacrifices to travel to attend MAGA rallies.

    po, those mommies and daddies and nannas and pappaps ain't "fascistic and disgusting" "MAGA Republican" "Christian theocrats."

    But, they feel the loathing you express. And, they can't help loathing back...just a little.

    You really should watch the video of people of color tearing up as they listen to the song.


  7. by HatetheSwamp on August 18, 2023 8:03 am

    Lead- If you listen to both of them coming from different spectrums of our culture, I think Libertarian is the more common thread.

    The new multiculturalism! Exactly!

    The new polarization ain't Dem or GOP. It ain't lib or conservative. It's Big Brother elitist or libertarian. Anthony wants to live as a free man.

    So do you. So do I. We're the next thing. If the song's an anthem, that's what it an anthem for.


  8. by oldedude on August 18, 2023 9:57 am
    I think it's TRUE multiculturism. Those seeing their tax dollars be spent on programs that violate their core values. Where the politicians are getting richer, and the people are getting poorer.

    I agree with Marx in this case. The Bourgeoisie (who's goal should be to protect the masses) have turned on the Proletariat's core values. And, true to Marx, the masses are tired of those in power. I think it's a little more than funny that it's coming from the masses against a tyranny of a minority.


  9. by Ponderer on August 18, 2023 10:12 am

    "Uh uh, po. Nice try. pb didn't say that it's a MAGA, anti-woke anthem." -Hate

    Of course you didn't. You didn't have to...

    "the mommies and daddies and nannas and pappaps who drive 8 or 12 hours to attend MAGA rallies..." -Hate

    ...Because you implied it by using that phrase "mommies and daddies and nannas and pappaps". You only use that particular phrase when you want to hurl some anti-woke bullshit at us. And throwing in MAGA rally participants only drove your intended point home more solidly. So naturally I was able see the massage you were trying to send. It was the basis of my satire. Which was of needs directed towards you, Bill.



  10. by HatetheSwamp on August 18, 2023 10:24 am

    ...Because you implied...

    To take a page from your playbook and running the play with legitimately: You're projecting your intolerance and hate on me.


  11. by Curt_Anderson on August 18, 2023 10:43 am
    I am guessing that "5-foot-3 and you're 300 pounds" refers to people who get food stamps. "Young men are puttin' themselves six feet in the ground" refers to to Fentanyl deaths?

    Any other interpretations of those particular lyrics?

    So basically this song's lament is the government needs to help me with my addiction problems and quit feeding kids and their families.

    This song is not right or left-leaning. It's a populist song. Populism is essentially a selfish view of the world in which minority rights don't matter. Those minorities can be African-Americans, immigrants or even wealthy people.


  12. by HatetheSwamp on August 18, 2023 10:57 am

    ...this song's lament is the government needs to help me with my addiction problems and quit feeding kids and their families.

    You need to read OD's wisdom about libertarianism. #4.

    People wouldn't go this bonkers for "my selfishness is better than yours."

    The song's lament is universal and noble. Hence, the phenomenal response.


  13. by Ponderer on August 18, 2023 11:11 am

    Very well put, Curt. Bravo!


  14. by Indy! on August 18, 2023 11:38 am

    The alarm clock finally goes off on this board and leave it to Curt to hit the snooze button. 😂

    The rap/song in OD's video was pretty good - way too heavy on the flags and Christianity angle (could have used a good video editor for that). But it was a decent rap and message - actually enjoyed it.

    The country thing is way too country for me. But the lyrics are pretty much the way Pondy described them. When the wake-up call finally hits the conservatives - DC should be wide awake and paying attention no matter how badly Curt wants to believe there is nothing wrong with this picture.


  15. by oldedude on August 18, 2023 3:16 pm
    curt #11- I am guessing that "5-foot-3 and you're 300 pounds" refers to people who get food stamps. "Young men are puttin' themselves six feet in the ground" refers to to Fentanyl deaths?

    So basically this song's lament is the government needs to help me with my addiction problems and quit feeding kids and their families.


    So the fact that he grew up poor in rural Appalachia has nothing to do with it? He had a head injury and works in a factory. My guess is that he earns less working than you do in your retirement. He's also turned down $8MIL recording contracts because he doesn't want to be a star.

    All that and you've said you don't care about the fentanyl issue, so I'd say the post is nothing but BS.

    This song is not right or left-leaning.
    Agreed, it's more liberaltarian.

    It's a populist song. Populism is essentially a selfish view of the world in which minority rights don't matter. Those minorities can be African-Americans, immigrants or even wealthy people.

    You really took this one waaaaayy out of any sense at all. But I guess that a Cadillac elitist prig like yourself might think that because he doesn't like your heros in the swamp.

    Populism is a political movement that attempts to appeal to “the people'' by convincing them that its leaders alone represent them and their concerns that are being ignored by a real or perceived “elite establishment.”
    billboard.com
    thoughtco.com


  16. by Ponderer on August 18, 2023 4:19 pm

    "My guess is that he earns less working than you do in your retirement. He's also turned down $8MIL recording contracts because he doesn't want to be a star." -olde dude

    Well then it doesn't sound like he's all that upset about how much he makes.

    Curious. Because he made it sound like he was in the song. But you know best, od.


  17. by oldedude on August 18, 2023 4:41 pm
    Maybe he doesn't want to sell out. Maybe he has issues because of the skull fracture that we don't know about (that's highly likely that he has TBI). Maybe, unlike you, he doesn't completely trust everything the government says and does without question and support them at every turn.

    Since you chose not to watch the video, you (and curt) should have. It brings the song in to an inclusiveness the wokesters are ripping apart by putting us into boxes that must, by wokester rules, hate each other.

    I will agree with you on one point you've brought up. It is absolutely anti-woke. So I guess I understand the defensiveness you and curt have about his thought.


  18. by HatetheSwamp on August 19, 2023 4:16 am

    My sense is that people who are genuinely elitist and people like, say, po, whose life is as everyday as pb's, but are merely wannabe elites, are threatened by the powerful emotion the lyrics evoke in nearly the whole non-elite world.

    The way of woke elitism is under attack. Woke foisting is dying, and, is now, virtually, dead.



  19. by Ponderer on August 19, 2023 7:36 am

    "Maybe he doesn't want to sell out." -olde dude

    Do you think that working in a job you hate and are underpaid for isn't "selling out"? No one in this country ever gets anywhere in life without "selling out" to something or other.



  20. by HatetheSwamp on August 19, 2023 8:35 am

    That's your definition of selling out?

    Sick!


  21. by Ponderer on August 19, 2023 8:47 am

    If I had released a song that I wrote and sang on a video and it got famous all across the country, and record companies wanted to buy it from me, how would selling the rights to the song be "selling out"? Eight million dollars is an extremely fair amount of compensation to sell such a thing for. Getting paid really well for your art is "selling out"?

    And again, if he's turning down that kind of money, he can't be in all as much trouble financially as his song would lead one to believe.

    It is not unknown in country music for some unknown Joe Shmoe to have written a song and then sold it for small fortunes. Did they "sell out"?


  22. by HatetheSwamp on August 19, 2023 9:11 am

    Willie Nelson back in the day...

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  23. by oldedude on August 19, 2023 10:09 am
    Lead- I got Patsy. Still great, but not Willie.

    po #21- If I had released a song that I wrote and sang on a video and it got famous all across the country, and record companies wanted to buy it from me, how would selling the rights to the song be "selling out"? Eight million dollars is an extremely fair amount of compensation to sell such a thing for. Getting paid really well for your art is "selling out"?
    The first thing is that you're "ass-suming" that your decision is the only correct one that exists in the universe. Wrongobucko. Maybe he thinks he's selling out by being "owned" by a record company. He doesn't have the desire to become the pawn of a record label. And like I said, which you chose to ignore. TBI may make him do a lot of things that he wrestles with. Just reading about him, there are signs of TBI that are commonly associated with TBI.

    Second thing. How "real" is $8MIL to a factory worker? I don't know that either.

    And again, if he's turning down that kind of money, he can't be in all as much trouble financially as his song would lead one to believe.
    Again, nothing more than you're opinion. Which here is useless, because you've already shown you will disagree with anything positive about him. Much like curt, you see yourself in the song, and hate him for that. So we know what we're getting.

    It is not unknown in country music for some unknown Joe Shmoe to have written a song and then sold it for small fortunes. Did they "sell out"?
    To him? Maybe. All I'm saying is that it's his decision. Not mine, not yours. I'm not sure what that entails and are not willing to second guess his motives or reasons.


  24. by Ponderer on August 19, 2023 10:16 am

    olde dude, I of course totally realize that I'm only offering my opinion. I was just wanting to hear your side with you explaining why I was wrong in my opinion.

    I'm still waiting in fact.

    But from what you said I take it that you believe that an artist selling their work is "selling out" if they say it is, or not selling out if they don't think it is. Is that about right?


  25. by Ponderer on August 19, 2023 10:19 am

    And I have absolutely nothing against him. I don't hate him or his song.

    Why do you and Hate have to lie your fuckingasses off about me and what I think so much all the time? Are you that hard up for someone to argue with that you have to make up things about them to argue about?


  26. by Indy! on August 19, 2023 10:39 am

    I sincerely doubt he was offered $8M and turned it down. If he's concerned about the problems of poor folks - $8M would go a long way towards alleviating them. So he's either dumb or lying imho.


  27. by oldedude on August 19, 2023 10:48 am
    olde dude, I of course totally realize that I'm only offering my opinion. I was just wanting to hear your side with you explaining why I was wrong in my opinion.
    I'm still waiting in fact.

    The first thing is that you're "ass-suming" that your decision is the only correct one that exists in the universe. Wrongobucko. Maybe he thinks he's selling out by being "owned" by a record company. He doesn't have the desire to become the pawn of a record label. And like I said, which you chose to ignore. TBI may make him do a lot of things that he wrestles with. Just reading about him, there are signs that are commonly associated with TBI.

    But from what you said I take it that you believe that an artist selling their work is "selling out" if they say it is, or not selling out if they don't think it is. Is that about right?
    Selling out is what the person involved believes it is. Your, and my "opinion" are irrelevant. Unless you project your personal thoughts on to him.

    Why do you and Hate have to lie your fuckingasses off about me and what I think so much all the time? Are you that hard up for someone to argue with that you have to make up things about them to argue about?
    Because you're incapable of actually debate or converse at this point. You were great for a couple of days, and we could actually exchange ideas without you belittling yourself by your posting. Wish we had her back.

    selectsmart.com


  28. by Curt_Anderson on August 19, 2023 11:07 am
    Indy, Regarding your comment at #26... 👍 I agree! I too am 🤨 skeptical.


  29. by Ponderer on August 19, 2023 11:12 am

    Forgive me, olde dude. That was the only time in quite awhile that you've lied about me like that, so I shouldn't have gone off on you about it. You've done much better in recent months with that. I'm sorry that I lumped you in with Hate, who does it on a constant basis.


    That said...


    "The first thing is that you're "ass-suming" that your decision is the only correct one that exists in the universe." -olde dude

    Well... No... I am not assuming that. I was asking you a question. I asked if what you were saying was that you believe that an artist selling their work is "selling out" if they say it is, or not selling out if they don't think it is.

    Is that about right? Because if that is what you were saying, then I agree with you.


  30. by Ponderer on August 19, 2023 11:16 am

    "I sincerely doubt he was offered $8M and turned it down. If he's concerned about the problems of poor folks - $8M would go a long way towards alleviating them. So he's either dumb or lying imho." -Indy!

    Good points, Indy!. If he didn't want the money, he could have worked miracles for many in need with it.

    Plus, I only had the word of Hate and I think od about the $8mil offer in the first place so...


  31. by oldedude on August 19, 2023 12:19 pm
    I don't think it's any of my fucking business to second guess another person and what I would or wouldn't do. It's their life, not mine. You both must really like the tabloids and all the gossip in them. Just like I have no fucking business to pry into your private lives and criticize you for the choices you've made in your lives. It's immaterial to me.

    And neither of you apparently have had any encounters with TBI. So there's that also.


  32. by Ponderer on August 19, 2023 1:11 pm

    Who's criticizing? We're analyzing.


  33. by oldedude on August 19, 2023 1:44 pm
    So what does your shrink say about your rampant paranoia and split personality? I'm just wondering. Just curious. No other reason. Oh, did you tell them they needed to up your meds? No reason other than to analyze.


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