John Rich just released his new song “Progress,” and it is absolutely going to be a mega American anthem, defining this moment in our history.
While most people watch television or movies to tap into the social and political vibes of the time, music has always had a far better pulse on what real Americans are feeling at any given time. Never has this been more true than it is for country music and politics right now.
Rich’s new song, “Progress,” apparently already hit No. 2 on iTunes’ country chart, according to a post shared on Rich’s Twitter account, and I am not surprised. It’s a beautiful three-minute ballad that not-so-subtly says “f**k you and f**k off” to the Democrats in office.
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“There’s a hole in this country where its heart used to be,” Rich opens the track.
“They say building back better will make America great,” he goes on to sing, a seemingly blatant middle finger to the Biden administration’s poster-child bill. “If that’s the wave of the future, all I’ve got to say…” (RELATED: Kameron Marlowe Falls Off Stage While On The Biggest Tour Of His Career So Far)
“Stick your progress where the sun don’t shine. Keep your big mess away from me and mine. If you leave us alone, well, we’d all be just fine.”
Rich’s lyrics feel like a poignant love story for the millions of Americans struggling to identify with the progressive movement sweeping Washington D.C. and leaching into blue enclaves across the country.
The rest of the song covers everything from the importance of Jesus, faith, the travesty of the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, lockdowns, homelessness and the border crisis. The lyrical beauty of the song is sure to echo from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Rockies as we move toward the November midterms and I can’t wait to belt it from my pickup truck here in the Carolinas.
However it’s the video that is very sure to set some off as it features every demographic of human living in the U.S. today. Shortly before Rich released the song, he wrote on his Twitter account: “America is finding unity in the pain. The more pain they bring, the more bonded we become. It’s working in reverse of what they hoped for.”
You can watch the full video below, and I know you’ll love it: