Rich Men North of Richmond
Rich Men North of Richmond

Oliver Anthony Music - Rich Men North of Richmond Lyrics

"Rich Men North of Richmond" by Oliver Anthony Music is a critique of socio-economic disparities and the struggles of the working class. The song expresses frustration with the perceived control that wealthy individuals have over society, particularly in… Read more

Aug 11, 2023
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Rich Men North of Richmond Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writer(s): Christopher Anthony Lunsford
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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What is the Meaning of Rich Men North of Richmond?

"Rich Men North of Richmond" by Oliver Anthony Music is a critique of socio-economic disparities and the struggles of the working class. The song expresses frustration with the perceived control that wealthy individuals have over society, particularly in terms of taxation and labor exploitation. It also criticizes politicians for neglecting their responsibilities towards ordinary citizens, instead favoring the interests of the rich. The lyrics further touch on issues like obesity and welfare abuse, suggesting that these problems are symptomatic of larger societal failures. Overall, it's a call for change and fairness in society.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is the artist of the song 'Rich Men North of Richmond'?

    The song 'Rich Men North of Richmond' is by Oliver Anthony Music, a relatively unknown musician before this song. This was his first professionally recorded song.

  2. What are some themes discussed in the lyrics of 'Rich Men North of Richmond'?

    The lyrics cover several themes such as low wages, food poverty, high inflation and taxes, child trafficking, welfare abuse, and centralization of power. These themes are common talking points among right-wing politics.

  3. How has the song 'Rich Men North of Richmond' been received politically?

    'Rich Men North of Richmond' has been described as an anthem for blue-collar workers and also for conservatives. However, it has also been championed by some from the left who believe that the issues raised in the song are problems that they can solve better than the right. The song was even referenced during a Republican presidential debate.

  4. Has Oliver Anthony commented on how his song is being interpreted politically?

    Yes, Oliver Anthony stated in a video statement that he believes his song has been weaponized by both sides - with the right trying to claim him as one of their own and the left trying to discredit him. He clarified that he does not support President Joe Biden either.

  5. What instruments were used in recording 'Rich Men North of Richmond'?

    'Rich Men North of Richmond' was recorded using just one instrument – an acoustic resonator guitar. The recording was raw and unpolished which helped give it an authentic emotional quality.

  6. Where can I find 'Rich Men North of Richmond' online?

    'Rich Men North Of Richmond' was first uploaded on YouTube on August 8, 2023 by Radiowv. The video received over 5 million views in its first three days.

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