Last month some lucky Lucy Dacus fans received VHS tapes that played fan favourite "Thumbs", and today (9 March) Dacus has released her devastating ballad in full.

Dacus first debuted the track live after writing it in autumn 2018, and nearly three years on the song has finally got a proper release.

Dacus says of the song, "Like most songs I write, I wasn’t expecting it and it made me feel weird, almost sick. It tells the story of a day I had with a friend during our freshman year of college, a significant day, but not one that I had thought of for years. I started playing it live a month or so later during the boygenius tour after Phoebe and Julien encouraged me to. I knew I wanted a long time to get used to playing it since it made me feel shaky, so I ended sets with it for about half the shows I played in 2019. Before I played it, I would ask the audience to please not record it, a request that seems to have been respected, which I'm grateful for."

"Thumbs" marks Dacus' first outing as the lead artist in 2021, following her appearance on Hamilton Leithauser's "Isabella" in October last year. Dacus did also contribute vocals to boygenius bandmate Julien Baker's "Favor" track last month with other boygenius bandmate Phoebe Bridgers.

Lucy Dacus' "Thumbs" single is out now on Matador Records.