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Oliver Anthony's new video of song 'I Want to Go Home' hits viral heights with over a million views in less than a day; includes iconic Bible verse on-screen
Image source: YouTube screenshot

Oliver Anthony's new video of song 'I Want to Go Home' hits viral heights with over a million views in less than a day; includes iconic Bible verse on-screen

Oliver Anthony on Tuesday posted a new video of a song titled "I Want to Go Home," and it's going quickly viral with over a million views — and counting — in less than a day.

What are the details?

Billboard pointed out that Anthony posted a version of the tune to TikTok in March. His new rendition on YouTube, however, seems to ring with a bit more strident, heart-crying emotion as Anthony tackles earthly strife, people giving up on prayer, and his desire to be with God amid the sadness:

Well, if it weren’t for my old dogs and the good Lord / they’d have me strung up in the psych ward / ‘cause every day livin’ in this new world / is one too many days to me / son, we’re on the brink of the next world war / and I don’t think nobody’s prayin’ no more / and I ain’t sayin' I know it for sure / I’m just down on my knees / beggin’, Lord, take me home / I wanna go home / I don’t know which road to go / been so long / I just know I didn’t used to wake up feelin’ this way / cussin’ myself every damn day / there’s always some kind of bill to pay / people just doin’ what the rich men say / I wanna go home.

Anthony can be seen in the clip picking the strings of his Gretsch G9220 Bobtail Resonator while standing in front of a microphone in the woods as his dog rests on the ground. It's a similar stage to the one used for his out-of-nowhere hit "Rich Men North of Richmond," which took the music world by storm in a matter days earlier this month — and just topped the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

He continues, telling a brief tale about the demise of family farming: "Now four generations farmin' the ground / grandson sells it to a man out of town / and two weeks later the trees go down / only got concrete growin' around." Later Anthony observes that "people have really gone and lost their way / they all just do what the TV say."

After the song ends, the video cuts to an on-screen image of the King James Bible version of a well-known verse from the gospel of Mark (8:36): “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the world, and lose his own soul?”

Image source: YouTube screenshot

Here's the video:

Oliver Anthony - I Want To Go Homeyoutu.be

Anything else?

Leftists in the media have quickly taken notice of Anthony's meteoric rise and predictably criticized him as well as conservatives supporting his message.

The latest left-wing figure pushing back is veteran singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, who just penned a pro-union response to Anthony's tune titled “Rich Men Earning North of a Million."

A little over a week ago, Anthony played his first concert since "Rich Men North of Richmond" went viral — a free show at the Morris Farm Market on the northeastern edge of North Carolina. He told the overflow audience clamoring to see him that in June he played there for a crowd of "about 20 people."

Before he began singing, Anthony read from Psalm 37: "The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming ..." The crowd cheered as he concluded.

Last week Anthony said he's rejected $8 million deals from music executives in the wake of "Rich Men North of Richmond."

"I don't want 6 tour buses, 15 tractor trailers and a jet," Anthony wrote on Facebook. "I don't want to play stadium shows, I don't want to be in the spotlight. I wrote the music I wrote because I was suffering with mental health and depression. These songs have connected with millions of people on such a deep level because they're being sung by someone feeling the words in the very moment they were being sung. No editing, no agent, no bulls**t. Just some idiot and his guitar. The style of music that we should have never gotten away from in the first place."

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