Aaron Lewis, the former lead singer of rock band Staind, has one of America’s hottest country songs, but it’s not without controversy.
Entitled “Am I the Only One,” the acoustic track targets liberals as Lewis reflects on what’s going on in the United States. The song is about the burning American flags and the statues that have been abducted across the country.
“I’m not the one, ready to fight / For my love of red and white / And blue, burning to the ground / Another statue coming down to a town near you, “Lewis sings in the chorus.
Debuting earlier this month, the song topped the Hot country song chart on Billboard last week. Since Tuesday, it’s the # 4 country song on iTunes.
Popular Music Blogger Bob Lefsetz called the song odious, calling Lewis a “right-wing middle-class wanker”. He asked why Scott Borchetta, founder of Big Machine Label Group, had marketed the song, and the label manager responded later.
Borchetta said he and Lewis had political disagreements, but believed in the First Amendment when it came to song lyrics.
“It doesn’t work if we’re so divided that we can’t walk across the aisle, have a conversation or an argument, and ultimately shake hands.” Borchetta wrote in a message that Lefsetz featured on his blog. “If we can’t do this, and this moment is so divisive, we may never get our country back. “
He added that “canceling” Lewis would be ridiculous, and that not all listeners have to agree with the message Lewis sends through the song.
“Let this be a wake-up call for Representatives and Democrats – be strong and be heard! Said Borchetta. “It woke you up. It inspired you to make a statement. It worked. And it works. It’s an inspiring conversation.
“Am I the only one” has yet to hit the radio waves. Big Machine affiliate Valory will begin promoting the song on country radio next week, Billboard reported.