Lucy Dacus has offered a backhanded salute to the 4th of July in the form of the country lilt of “Forever Half Mast.” “Forever Half Mast” features a steel guitar accompanying Dacus’ dry wit with a lyric focused on perceptions of Americans mentioning that “…you’re evil, but you’re not that bad…”   

In Lucy’s words, “There is a daily dissonance one endures as an American wherein much of our joy is counterweighted by shame, where much of our pride lives in tandem with injustice and suffering. ‘Forever Half Mast’ is about confronting this unavoidable culpability as an American citizen and consumer.  Instead of allowing this guilt to paralyze us, we should try to let it influence us in positive ways.”