LuAnn de Lesseps’ single “Money Can’t Buy You Class” is as amazing as it sounds

There’s a reason why The Real Housewives of New York are at the top of the Bravo heap: they are ridiculous. It’s not just the fights–though those can be good, and not at all in a drunken Real World way–but the nonstop parade of absurdity.

This season, we’ve had moments such as Ramona’s insane alien runway walk; off the show, we had Jill Zarin accused of reviewing her own book and threatening a reviewer. And now, we have LuAnn de Lesseps’ “Money Can’t Buy You Class.”

It’s apparently a song that seems to have been recorded to stop people from making fun of her for being a classless former countess who wrote a book about having class and being a countess. LuAnn has a different explanation, telling People in March that “I have fun with it. It’s a very Holly Golightly, runway, glamour-puss kind of song,” and she said she recorded it because “I sing on the show too, but they never show it because of music [rights] issues. So I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to write my own song about how it doesn’t matter where you’re from — anybody can be classy.'”

Alas, not everyone can sing, nor can they be classy when singing, as you’ll hear when you listen to a preview or, if you can stand it, the whole song on Bravo’s site.

A lot of it is spoken word, and that’s not too horrible, although the lyrics are weak: “if you make a lady wait/she’ll take a pass.” But then the chorus kicks in, and it’s LuAnn singing through Auto-Tune “money can’t buy you class” and “elegance is learned/my friends/elegance is learned/oh yeah.” The way she puts the beat on “friends” is precious, and may just help it overtake Kim Zolciak’s “Tardy for the Party.”

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