The New OK

Album: The New OK (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the title track to The New OK, an album released on October 2, 2020, just eight months after The Unraveling. The record mainly comprises songs recorded during the sessions for that project at Memphis' Sun Studios in Fall 2018. This is one of two new tracks written by Truckers co-founder Patterson Hood during the 2020 summer; "Watching the Orange Clouds" is the other.
  • The Drive-By Truckers only began discussing dropping another album in early August 2020. They recorded the two new songs remotely.
  • Hood wrote the song after attending a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in his home city of Portland on July 25, 2020. The killing of unarmed African American George Floyd by a white policeman sparked the marches, rallies and other demonstrations.
  • Okey-dokey for a broken fool
    A new hand sign for your twisted ways
    It's the new OK


    Hood titled the song after the OK hand sign appropriated by White Supremacists.
  • The video features over five minutes of actual footage shot at peaceful protests in Portland throughout the summer of 2020. Before the music starts, the clip is prefaced by a statement from Hood saying,
    "As I walked home, I couldn't help but notice the people who were walking in the other direction. They seemed to have a very different intent than the people I had been marching with all evening. I could hear the sounds of teargas canisters being launched against the protesters and a very different scene starting to take place... The New OK is not okay."

    The Truckers released a similar video for their 2016 track "Surrender Under Protest," which also contains clips from Black Lives Matter protests in Portland.

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