Image source: YouTube screenshot
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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
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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Sr. Editor, News
Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.