Listen: “Born in the right country” by River Whyless


“Born in the right country” by River Whyless

Indie folk-rock band River Whyless delivers a politically charged and insightful track with their marvelous single perfectly titled “Born in the right country”. The guys explore the constant uphill battle to find a balance between the rich and the poor while aiming to grow the middle class. They explore the current political situation in their own personal way and share their findings with us. We are invited into a conversation regarding the path in which our country finds itself in and they remind us of a certain ephemeral being that was once familiar to all of us: “The American dream”. So enter their world, sit down and enjoy the unique blend of lyrics and melodies they provide for us.


At its core, Born in the Right Country is about innate luck. Cosmic luck, that of an individual, born into a country or society which accepts them as that unique individual. Born in the Right Country speaks both through the eyes of our president and the narrator. In the song, vanity seems to trickle down much more freely than money and you can see it take root in the middle and lower classes as we strive to live like the upper. The dominant class is built on the idea that anyone can, and should become like them. We were raised to call this the American Dream. It’s imperative to the success of the upper class that the American Dream stays as it is, a dream. Meanwhile, the reality persists, which is that the vast majority of people stay in the class to which they were born. Sure, there are people that break through, in our country especially, but the rich generally stay rich and the poor generally stay poor.Ryan O'Keefe of River Whyless

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