Originally slated for release last August, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings’ forthcoming effort Give the People What They Want had been indefinitely delayed when Jones received a grim diagnosis of Stage 2 pancreatic cancer. But after a rather aggressive and successful operation and treatment, Jones was well enough for their label, Daptone Records to officially release the album a couple of weeks ago. Of course, in interviews and in public appearances Jones has seemed to kick cancer’s ass with an ebullient enthusiasm, grace, and her million watt smile.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings were recently the musical guest on Conan and they played a couple of songs, including this bonus song off the new album, “You’ll Be Lonely.” The narrator of the song reminds an ungrateful lover that she was the good woman that he was always looking for, and that he’ll be lonely and starving once she packs up her shit and leaves if he doesn’t catch a clue.
The song is bolstered by the incredible Dap Kings horn line, and it’s probably one of the more percussive songs i’ve heard them do in quite some time. But the MVP of the song, is of course, Sharon Jones herself who’s vocals are as silky and as confident as ever.