Anthony expressed his belief that the song’s diverse appeal scares political elites, which is why “they’ve done everything they can in the last few weeks to make me look like a fool, to spin my words to try to stick me in a political bucket.”
“Since I have addressed the conservatives, I do need to address the left as well because they’re sending a message out that ‘Rich Men North of Richmond’ is an attack against the poor,” Anthony said. “You know, the English language is interpretive, and so I do understand there may be some people who misunderstood my words in ‘Rich Men North of Richmond,’ but I’ve got to be clear that my message…references the inefficiencies of the government because of the politicians within it that are engulfed in bribes and extortion.”
At some point, he will take the time to dissect all the lyrics to his songs and explain their meaning “if that’s what I need to do,” Anthony said. “I mean, 30-some million people understood what I was saying, but it only takes a few to try to derail the train, you know, to try to send out false narratives, and I’m sure there’ll be more of that to come.”
“Don’t shoot the messenger,” Anthony said. “I’m a nobody. It’s my belief that divine intervention has put me in this position—in this point in time—to get a message across, and that’s all there is to it.”
“I don’t deserve to sit in the top five places on the iTunes charts,” Anthony said, adding that he doesn’t care about song charts. What he does care about is warning people about the problems the nation faces.
“Something has to be done about it,” Anthony said. “There’s been too many people die. There’s been too many people sacrifice everything they’ve had [and] people die before they’re even 18.” Anthony pleaded with people to stop doing things that divide our nation and world.
“That’s what I want to see stopped and I’m going to do everything I can to influence that at all costs,” Anthony concluded. “Even if it does throw my world upside down, it’s worth it.”