Gearing up for Mother’s Day on May 12th, Lucy Dacus has just released a new single titled “My Mother & I.” The new track is the latest instalment in Dacus’ 2019 holiday song series, following the release of “La Vie En Rose” for Valentine’s Day.
“My Mother & I” sees Dacus’ throaty, silky vocals layered atop a beautifully simple finger picked acoustic guitar line. The track, although straightforward, is powerful in its simplicity, laying the focus in Dacus’ bluntly honest lyrics like, “My mother hates her body/ We share the same outline/ She swears that she loves mine.”
“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,” Dacus explains in a statement. “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.”
Listen to “My Mother & I” below.