Aug 14, 2023 - Culture

Farmville singer's blue-collar anthem "Rich Men North of Richmond" goes viral

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A Farmville man's angry anti-tax ballad is the right's favorite new song, rocketing to No. 2 on Apple Music over the weekend.

Why it matters: Well, zeroing in on the geography for a moment, it is called "Rich Men North of Richmond."

  • And don't worry, Hanover, we don't think he's talking about you.

Details: The song is by the formerly unknown singer Oliver Anthony, who describes himself as a farmer living off the grid in the Farmville area.

  • His breakout hit blames the song's titular rich men north of Richmond for inflation and high taxes.
  • He also criticizes welfare programs with a line about obese people using food stamps to buy snack cakes. ("If you're 5-foot-3 and you're 300 pounds/Taxes ought not to pay for your bags of fudge rounds," Anthony sings.)

By the numbers: It racked up more than 9 million views on YouTube in five days.

What they're saying: "This is the anthem of the forgotten Americans who truly support this nation and unfortunately the world with their hard-earned tax dollars and incredibly hard work," GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted.

Worth noting: The link between food stamps and obesity is dubious.

  • On the other hand, Anthony is right that there are an awful lot of wealthy folks living between Richmond and D.C., our super-rich governor included.
  • Loudoun County has one of the highest median incomes per capita in the country, along with Fairfax and Arlington.
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