His song “Rich Men North of Richmond” hit like a bomb: Christopher Anthony Lunsford, who honors his grandfather with the same name as “Oliver Anthony”, became an overnight celebrity. His emotional protest songs against the ruling class thirsty for control touched millions of people around the world. The echo of the song should be a huge warning signal to the self-proclaimed elite: the discontent of the people has assumed colossal proportions. If they manage to overcome continued division and stand together, the governments that crush them should have little to oppose them…
In “Rich Men North of Richmond” (an allegory for the government in Washington), Christopher Anthony Lunsford aka Oliver Anthony sings poignantly about the sad everyday lives of too many people: working themselves to death staying with the controlling ruling class and being kicked into the dust – while she is enjoying being on Epstein’s island, as indicated in the text.
The response to the emotional song was and is tremendous. People all over the world identify with and feel addressed by the lyrics of the song. Music unites – regardless of origin, regardless of political viewpoint. The reflexive framing of the song as “right” seems particularly absurd, as it could be understood as a new anthem of the working class.
In a Facebook post on August 17, Christopher described how he felt after uploading his song: The music industry has already recognized him as a potential money-printing machine – but the musician has won multimillion-dollar contracts. Rejected. He sings what he feels – not what an agent or record label tells him to do. And maybe it’s that authenticity that people value so much about him.
It was hard reading the over 50,000 messages and emails I received last week. The stories that have been shared paint a brutally honest picture. Suicide, addiction, unemployment, anxiety and depression, hopelessness, and the list goes on.
I’m in a weird place in my life right now. I never wanted to be a full-time musician, let alone top the iTunes charts. RadioWv’s Draven and I filmed these tunes on our soil in the hopes that they will get 300,000 views. I still can’t believe what has happened since we uploaded this. This is downright weird to me.
People in the music industry stare at me when I turn down an $8 million offer. I don’t want 6 tour buses, 15cm trucks and a jet. I don’t want to play stadium shows, I don’t want to be in the limelight. I wrote the music I wrote because I was suffering from mental health problems and depression. These songs have touched millions of people on such a deep level because they are sung by someone who feels the words as they sing them. No editing, no agents, no bullshit. Just some idiot and his guitar. The style of music we should never stray away from.
Oliver Anthony Music / via Facebook
The musician talks about his career: he dropped out of high school in 2010 at the age of 17, got his GED (roughly equivalent to Fachbitur in Germany) and since then has worked very hard and for poor pay. “Hell Life”, as he writes). In 2013, he suffered a serious accident at work and fractured his skull, then moved back to his native Virginia and worked in industrial manufacturing from 2014 until recently. they had thousands of other so called Blue collar worker (those who work in industry and trade) and hear the same story every day: “People are very upset by being neglected, divided and manipulated.”
“When are we going to fight for what’s right again?”
Christopher lives off-the-grid with his dogs in a camper on his property, which he bought for just under $100,000, of which he says he still has $60,000 to pay. His dream is to build a farm here. He is very polite in his posting and ends with an appeal to the people:
There is nothing special in me. I’m not a good musician, I’m not a very good person. I have spent the last five years struggling with my mental health and drowning my sorrows in alcohol. It saddens me to see the world in this condition, where everyone is fighting with each other. I’ve spent many nights in despair that the greatest nation on earth is fast disappearing.
Also, I hate the way the internet has divided us all. Internet is a parasite that infects and misuses people’s mind. Hours wasted, goals forgotten, loved ones sitting in homes together, distracted all day by technology created by other poor souls in sweatshops in foreign lands.
when is enough When will we fight for what is right again? Millions have died defending our freedom. Freedom of expression is a priceless gift. Never in the history of the world has the world got so much freedom as it is today. Don’t let them take it away from you.
Just like those who once wandered in the wilderness, we have lost the way of God and allowed false idols to distract and divide us. It’s a shame.
Oliver Anthony Music / via Facebook
The post has already garnered nearly 140,000 likes – it’s been shared 76,000 times, with over 16,000 commenters agreeing with Christopher and thanking him for his music and his candid words.
The less people allow themselves to be divided, the better the future is within reach. The echo of “the rich man north of Richmond” should be a warning to rulers and their supporters: the old class struggle is smouldering – and totalitarianism is on the rise, the oppression of citizens reduced to mere taxpayers and worker bees, and It is further fueled by lobby-driven politics that favors pseudo-philanthropic billionaires but does not work for the population. People have a lot. when do you get up?