The song “Rich Men North of Richmond” has become the new anthem of the working class and fans are wondering what the lyrics mean. The track also popularized its singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony, who rose to national fame within days.
The new viral song is all over TikTok, Twitter and other social media platforms just a week after the release of its big debut. Oliver Anthony’s Rich Men North of Richmond made its debut on August 9 on the Radio WV YouTube channel. In just a few days, the song racked up a whopping 11 million views and was shared across the internet. Now fans are searching for the meaning behind Rich Men North of Richmond’s lyrics.
The meaning behind the lyrics of Rich Men North of Richmond
The title “Rich Men North of Richmond” contains haunting lyrics that highlight the plight of the American working class. The song begins with powerful lyrics like “I sold my soul and worked all day/Overtime for bullshit wages/So I can sit out here and waste my life/Move home and drown my sorrows.”
The song also deals with the problem of low wages and high taxes that workers in America face. Because your dollar ain’t shit and it’s taxed to no end/Cause the rich men north of Richmond.” It’s also about the struggle of American youth with the lyrics, “Young men stick six feet in the ground?” Because all that this damn country does is keep throwing them down.”
Musician Oliver Anthony took to YouTube after the release of his song to explain the themes it addressed. In his YouTube video from last week, the singer goes deeper into the subject matter of his song. “It touches on my time in West North Carolina when I worked in a factory.” He continued Remarks that the song speaks of “some people living north of Richmond, Virginia,” he says, “who make life little harder than it should be.” “It touches on human trafficking and atrocities,” he said.
Meet songwriter and singer Oliver Anthony
Oliver Anthony’s song touched the hearts of many of his listeners. The musician has amassed over 500,000 followers on his Instagram within days of the post. His YouTube channel has 198,000 subscribers at the time of writing.
His Instagram shows that he had his first live performance at Morris Farm Market in North Carolina.
In one of his YouTube videos, Oliver gives a brief insight into his background. In the video justified “It’s a pleasure to meet you,” he reveals that he began writing music in 2021 at a difficult time in his life. The musician began recording videos with his cell phone and posting them on YouTube. His videos soon caught the attention of users.
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