In the past, Oliver was struggling with mental health and coping with alcohol. In the depths of despair, just about a month ago, Oliver got to his knees and broke down in tears.
Though he’s wasn’t a religious man, that night he promised God to get sober if he helped him follow his dream
Oliver was about 30 days sober when someone reached out and asked him to come record a song for his YouTube channel.
That song was “Rich Men North of Richmond.”
I’ve been selling my soul
Working all day
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
Living in the new world
With an old soul
These rich men north of Richmond
Lord knows they all just want to 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 nothing to eat
And the obese milking welfare
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 putting themselves six feet in the ground
‘Cause all this damn country does is keep on kicking them down
Within days, the song was going VIRAL on social media.
Singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony became an overnight sensation with this song “Rich Men North of Richmond” in August, and the story behind the hit sent chills up my spine.
Anthony lives off-grid on 90 acres in Farmville, Virginia, with his three dogs, according to Whiskey Riff. You can picture Anthony’s life pretty easily through the heart-wrenching vocals and lyrics of his debut hit single. The song is one giant F-U to the men (and women) wearing suits in Washington D.C. and the corporate overlords who control them and screw up the rest of America for their own profits. Daily Caller.
Here’s his story
This song is called “Rich Men North of Richmond.” It has been viewed MILLIONS of times.— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) August 11, 2023
The artist’s name is Oliver Anthony. I just got off the phone with him.
With his permission, I’d like to share the story he told me that moved the deepest parts of my soul…
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The man himself
Rich Men North of Richmond has been uploaded to all major streaming platforms and will show up there in a few days.— Oliver Anthony (@AintGottaDollar) August 11, 2023
Im still in a state of shock at the outpouring of love I’ve seen in the comments, messages and emails. I’m working to respond to everyone as quickly as possible. pic.twitter.com/iScaYp9AWQ