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When My Song “Rich People” Went Viral, It Didn‘t Make Me Rich


Carsie Blanton. Person in black tank with arm tattoos and bright red curly hair, tilting their head to the side, squinting their left eye and snarling lip up.

Image Source: The Nation, (Grant Goldsworthy)

I’ve been a full-time working songwriter for 15 years. In November, one of my songs went viral. The song was “Rich People,” which is a jazzy, jokey song about capitalism. The lyrics describe being bombarded by bad news, and having that news blamed on all the wrong people (black people, Jewish people, immigrants), when the real culprits are the super-rich.

This was my second taste of Internet virality (the first was a tribute I wrote to John Prine when he passed in 2020), and it was a mixed blessing. After spending a few hours gleefully watching the view count climb into the millions, I spent a week deleting comments and banning trolls.

Some of the comments were great (“She’s like Shania Twain meets Rage Against the Machine!”), but many weren’t. Of all the bad-faith, harebrained, and fashy comments, I found this one the funniest:

Screenshot of a Twitter post responding to Carie Blanton's song that reads "So after she gets a multi-million dollar recording contract, and makes millions touring and becomes a "Rich Person", does she become part of the "problem?

Facebook comment reading: “So after she gets a million-dollar recording cont[r]act, and makes millions touring and becomes a ‘Rich Person,’ does she become part of the ‘problem’?”
Image Source: Carsie Blanton

Take it from me, folks. If you hope to get rich, becoming a musician is an incredibly bad strategy.


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