Song of the Day #3,877: ‘Night Shift’ – Lucy Dacus

Drake occupies the 10th and 11th spots on Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll, by himself with ‘Nice For What‘ and paired with Travis Scott on ‘Sicko Mode,’ respectively.

At #12 is a song (and artist) that’s completely new to me: ‘Night Shift’ by Lucy Dacus.

Today is my daughter Fiona’s 13th birthday, so I hope ‘Night Shift’ is an appropriately celebratory song. Happy Birthday, Fiona!

Well, not exactly a celebration. ‘Night Shift’ is a 6 1/2 minute breakup track from Dacus’ sophomore album, Historian (#10 on the Pazz & Jop albums list). Dacus is a Virginia-based singer-songwriter and co-founder of the “supergroup” boygenius, with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, though I’m not sure if the phrase “supergroup” applies if I haven’t heard of any of the members.

Nice enough song, though.

[Verse 1]
The first time I tasted somebody else’s spit, I had a coughing fit
I mistakenly called them by your name
I was let down, it wasn’t the same
I’m doing fine, trying to derail my one track mind
Regaining my self-worth in record time
But I can’t help but think of your other in the bed that was mine
Am I a masochist, resisting urges to punch you in the teeth
Call you a bitch and leave?
Why did I come here? To sit and watch you stare at your feet?
What was the plan? Absolve your guilt and shake hands?

[Chorus]
I feel no need to forgive but I might as well
But let me kiss your lips so I know how it felt
Pay for my coffee and leave before the sun goes down
Walk for hours in the dark feeling all hell

[Verse 2]
Don’t hold your breath, forget you ever saw me at my best
You don’t deserve what you don’t respect
Don’t deserve what you say you love and then neglect
Now bite your tongue, it’s too dangerous to fall so young
Take back what you said
Can’t lose what you never had

[Chorus]
I feel no need to forgive but I might as well
But let me kiss your lips so I know how it felt
Pay for my coffee and leave before the sun goes down
Walk for hours in the dark feeling all hell

[Refrain]
You got a 9 to 5, so I’ll take the night shift
And I’ll never see you again if I can help it
In five years I hope the songs feel like covers
Dedicated to new lovers

[Refrain]
You got a 9 to 5, so I’ll take the night shift
And I’ll never see you again if I can help it
In five years I hope the songs feel like covers
Dedicated to new lovers

[Refrain]
You got a 9 to 5, so I’ll take the night shift
And I’ll never see you again if I can help it
In five years I hope the songs feel like covers
Dedicated to new lovers

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,877: ‘Night Shift’ – Lucy Dacus

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Happy birthday, Fiona!

    I’ve never heard of this artist or her supergroup either. I guess they need to come up with another term when relatively unknown solo acts join. Maybe obscuregroup?

  2. Peg says:

    Happy Birthday Fiona ❤️❤️

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