Graveyard Boyfriend

Album: It's A Beautiful Day And I Love You (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • Released a few days before Halloween in 2020, "Graveyard Boyfriend" is about an ex who keeps coming back, like he's risen from the dead. Jillette Johnson wants nothing to do with him, making it clear she'll never go back to him.
  • Jillette Johnson does her own songwriting, and on this track she had a little fun with it. "I had just gotten my Hammond organ in my studio and I needed to justify having it," she said on the Songfacts Podcast. "I had been listening to Diana Ross' Surrender album, which gave me some inspiration. A producer friend of mine was also trying to get me to write a 'dumb song' and 'Graveyard Boyfriend' is the result of me playing around with all of these factors."
  • Johnson recorded this with producer Joe Pisapia for her third album, It's A Beautiful Day And I Love You. By this time, she had re-located from New York City to Nashville, which gave her access to the top talent in Music City. Augmenting her organ and vocals were Pisapia and Dan Knobler on guitars, Owen Biddle on bass, and Jamie Dick on drums.

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