Why This Song:
It has been a little over fifty-years since President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty. There were initial victories in reducing the proportion of United States citizens that struggle to survive; but in recent decades the rates of poverty have climbed back to historic highs. In Golden Country, REO Speedwagon speaks to poverty and reinvents the metaphor of the Gilded Age, singing that although there is more-than-enough wealth for everyone in this country to be clothed, sheltered, fed and protected; without embarrassment many readily overlook and ignore those who struggle (along with the racism, sexual violence and exploitation those who struggle are more likely to experience than those well-to-do). And much like Lyndon Johnson, REO Speedwagon also declares it is time to take a stand against this ongoing and intensifying social problem.
Submitted By: Scott Vause