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A Populist Anthem

Mar 31, 2009

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Vietnam had its soundtrack. The civil rights movement, too. Now, with Wall Street bailouts and AIG bonuses still hanging in the ether, there might be a new populist anthem. The Detroit Free Press reports that John Rich, of the country duo Big and Rich, got tired of what he perceived as outrageous greed, and belted out a new song called, "Shuttin' Down Detroit." As he put it:

I'm sitting there, getting madder and madder, watching New York and Washington D.C. sling billions of dollars back and forth to each other while the hard-working people in America were just going, 'What in the world is going on up there?'

Some of the lyrics from "Shuttin' Down Detroit":

My daddy taught me in this country everyone's the same.
You work hard for your dollar and you never pass the blame,
When it don't go your way.
Now I see all these big shots whining on my evening news,
About how their losing billions and it's up to me and you
To come running to the rescue.
Well pardon me if I don't shed a tear.
There selling make believe and we don't buy that here.
Because in the real world their shuttin' Detroit down,
While the boss man takes his bonus paid jets on out of town.
DC's bailing out them bankers as the farmers auction ground.
Yeah while there living up on Wall Street in that New York City town,
Here in the real world their shuttin' Detroit down.

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