Ahead of US Mother’s Day in May, Lucy Dacus has shared her devastating new song ‘My Mother & I’. Following her Valentine’s Day cover of ‘La Vie En Rose’, this is the first original composition of her ongoing 2019 holiday song series, which will also include singles tied to US Independence Day, Springsteen’s Birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s.
‘My Mother & I’ is a lullaby of sorts, about “babies born in the month of May” that are “down to earth” and “see eye to eye” and “dig our feet in,” but at its core, it’s a brutally frank exploration of body image and the emotional form it takes when passed down generationally.
In Lucy’s words: “Being adopted has encouraged me to consider what mothers pass on through blood and body, and what they impart in the way of socialization and context. We -- daughters, and all children -- easily inherit the shame and fear of our mothers, but also the pride, self-assurance, and lessons of love. This song focuses on body image and the distinction between the body and the soul, which I can hardly claim to have clarity about to this day. I also reflect on traits my mother and I share as Taurean women- how we are steadfast but headstrong, empathetic but grounded, and dedicated to finding and giving reliable love and comfort.”
Dacus recently announced a run of summer UK and European tour dates, including a London headline show at EartH on June 5, alongside shows in Leeds, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Manchester. She is also confirmed for festival slots including Primavera Sound, Roskilde and Best Kept Secret among others.