Lucy Dacus tirou o ano para lançar música soltas e em datas festivas. “Forever Half Mast” é já a terceira e desta vez, o national holiday a ser cantado é o 04 de Julho, o Dia da Independência dos Estados Unidos.
Depois de “My Mother & I” no Dia da Mãe e da cover de “La Vie En Rose” de Edith Piaf no Dia dos Namorados, Lucy lança-se na reflexão sobre o quão complicado é o relacionamento com o seu país. Frases como “America, the tried and true, red and white and black and blue. Tell me, who did this to you? If it was me I hardly knew” deixam poucas dúvidas sobre os pensamentos e sentimentos contraditórios de amor à sua nação.
Sobre a música Dacus esclarece que:
I started writing this song while we were touring in Europe. I always feel most American when I’m outside of the US, and it is usually a horrible feeling. I’m constantly on the brink of apologizing for unintentionally representing a country that is so destructive. Though in the same breath, I love my home, the people living there, the landscape, plenty of what America has to offer.
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.
Unfortunately, even at my best, I feel disoriented and heavy about being an American most of the time.