Triple Dog Dare

Album: Home Video (2021)
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Songfacts®:

  • If you've seen the movie A Christmas Story, you're familiar with the triple dog dare, the coup de grace of all dares. In this song, Dacus triple dog dares a love interest to run off together.
  • Each track on Lucy Dacus' Home Video album explores a different experience from the singer-songwriter's childhood. This seven-minute-long closer is about a close friendship she had in her freshman year of high school. It nearly evolved into something more, but Dacus wasn't out to herself at the time. "And actually, she was my first friend that ever came out to me," she recalled to The Independent. "And I think there was some implication that like, 'OK, your turn,' and I just didn't get it."
  • Lucy's friend's Catholic and psychic mom saw what was going on. She didn't want a lesbian relationship to develop, and kept them apart. The mom told her daughter, "You can't hang out with Lucy tonight. You're in imminent danger. If you leave the house tonight, something bad is going to happen to you. I can't explain it. It's cosmic.'"
  • The first two verses are a true account of the two friends falling out because of the mom. But the ending of the song is a fictional alternate where Lucy and her friend steal a boat and run away with each other. "It's sort of left to anyone's interpretation whether or not they succeed at that or if they die at sea," Dacus explained to Apple Music. "There's no such thing as nonfiction. I felt empowered by finding out that I could just do that, like no one was making me tell the truth in that scenario. Songwriting doesn't have to be reporting."
  • Dacus' drummer Jake Finch came up with some unusual percussion sounds for this song. The singer told Uncut magazine: "I told Jake I wanted to sound really tactile, like you'd gone into a vintage shop and were running your hand across the glass jars on the display. He bought in a bunch of objects - a tin can, a spoon, a little bowl - and lined them up on the snare to create that sound. We run it through a synthesizer pedal towards the end to create that tearing sound, as the friends tear themselves away from their old lives."

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