Going Going Gone

Album: Home Video (2021)
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Songfacts®:

  • Lucy Dacus wrote this song about the cycle of boy-girl, man-woman, father-daughter abuse.

    Daniel in ten years
    Grabbing asses, spilling beers
    Another ten and he'll have a daughter
    She'll grow up and he can't stop her


    Dacus told Pitchfork that once the abusive boys grow up and become fathers, they are protective of their daughters, knowing firsthand what men are capable of. It is, she explained, "The cycle of innocence to corruption to fear."
  • Dacus stayed up into the early hours writing the song on a little travel guitar she brings on tour. The singer told Apple Music she didn't think it would fit tonally on a record "because it's so campfire-ish." Dacus eventually included it on Home Video because she liked the meaning of it. She placed it as the track after "Thumbs" as it's "like a reprieve after the heaviest point on the record."
  • A dozen or so people contribute backing vocals, including Lucy Dacus' boygenius bandmates Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, and Japanese-American singer-songwriter Mitski. Uncut magazine asked Dacus why she kept the studio chatter at the end of "Going Going Gone." She replied: "The song sounds a bit like a campfire sing along and I wanted to keep that campfire atmosphere of us all being in the same room when we recorded it."

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