Daily Discovery: Sara Beth Go, “Tugboat”


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ARTIST: Sara Beth Go

SONG: Tugboat


HOMETOWN: New Orleans, LA


AMBITIONS: To brush and floss my teeth every night. To book enough shows that I’m gone most of the time. To be in the moment. To care well for those around me.

TURN-OFFS: Name-dropping, bad-breath, if you have more followers on social media than I do and you brag about it.

TURN-ONS: Humility. Humor. Most hard liquor. Supporting other people.

DREAM GIG: The Ryman.


“If you should ever leave me, though life would still go on believe me

The world could show nothing to me, so what good would living do me

God only knows what I’d be without you”

-The Beach Boys


SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Both Sides, Now” -Joni Mitchell

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Terry Gross, Quentin Terrentino, Mister Rogers, Amy Poehler, Jesus.

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: David Byrne and St. Vincent at the Ryman. Best show I’ve ever seen.

I WROTE THIS SONG: For my dad. It was a belated Christmas gift. I was trying to be cheap and I’d written all of my family songs that year (which ended up emotionally costing me way more than I’d expected). I had given him a half-written song and said, “I’ll finish it one day, I promise.” It was a terrible half-written song, and a terrible present. One day, months later, I was sitting by the Mississippi in New Orleans watching a little tugboat steadily push a huge barge through the river’s elements and thought, “Hey, that’s like my dad.” And from that experience I wrote a way better song for him than the half-written Christmas gift. Ps he loved it and still listens to it.


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