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Lucy Dacus fondly remembers Bible Camp summers on “VBS”

Lucy Dacus‘ new album Home Video is coming out at the end of June, and today she’s shared another song from it that sits nicely alongside previous singles “Thumbs” and “Hot & Heavy”. It’s called “VBS”, and if you don’t know what that means, here’s Lucy to explain:

“VBS means vacation bible school, and I went to tons of them. It’s where Christian parents send their kids over the winter, spring, or summer breaks from school to get closer to God, maybe learn some outdoor skills, and bring home useless crafts and totems like fruit of the spirit sand art and purity rings. I wrote the song in the van on the way to Nashville to record Home Video after seeing one of those readerboards outside a church advertising a wholesome church camp for kids. I thought about my first boyfriend, who I met at VBS, the resident bad boy who loved Slayer and weed more than Jesus. I took it upon myself to save him, and make him stop doing drugs (with an exception for snorting nutmeg). God, I was so lame.”

As ever, Lucy has told you all you need to know in her own earnest and lovable style. All that’s left to say is that you’re not lame, Lucy! Also, keep an ear out for the sting in the tail of this song.

Lucy Dacus’ new album Home Video arrives on June 25 through Matador (pre-order/save). Make sure you follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.