Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats release a banger of a single ‘David and Goliath’

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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats-Photo by Alysse Gafkjen


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats unveil new single “David and Goliath”. The song is the second offering from their highly-anticipated fourth studio album South of Here, set for release June 28, 2024, via Stax.

On “David and Goliath,” Rateliff is magnetic over marching keys, electric guitar and organ from The Night Sweats. He croons, “I want to be different now, a square peg feeling round,” reaching across damaged connections with unflinching honesty. Emotional and anthemic, the track is another direct look into Rateliff’s internal dialogue.

Rock At Night Says: The single “David and Goliath” expresses everything we feel in day-to-day life in this confusing, anxious society. It’s like being on a treadmill with pockets of sunshine (“the sun can’t shine for me every day”) and the need to conform to fit in (“I’m a square peg feeling round) and often fighting depression (“it tells me I’m on a run, then I’m back in the shadows, Hon). The lyrics sound questioning, honest, and even dark against a jaunty beat and optimistic tune. Think ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky.” This is the most honest song we’ve heard in awhile. We are obsessed!



“David and Goliath” is written by Nathaniel Rateliff. 

Can I get out of my head

I don’t know

Somebody let me go if I’m falling now

Every time I knew and ran

Set me on my feet as someone else

These negative thoughts feel crazy

Well why should I even care

I want to be different now

I’m a square peg feeling round

Turn me around and then

Send me home

Baby I don’t even know

I don’t ….. and it’s fucking hell

And the old me is saying

Another round to kill

Never time to heal

That’s how your story goes I want it my way

Closing my eyes baby I’ll find a way out

The reckoning is wrecking me

And nothing I’ve found

Can keep me from spinning out

It tells me I’m on a run

Then I’m back in the shadows, Hon

The sun can’t shine for me every day

I’m out on the road again and all of the older heads keep calling me

They say try to be gracious

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