Graveyard shift

Graveyard shift

Graveyard shift means a shift of work running through the early hours of the morning, especially one from midnight until 8 am. There is no certainty as to the origin of this phrase; according to Michael Quinion it is little more than "an evocative term for the night shift ... when ... your skin is clammy, there's sand behind your eyeballs, and the world is creepily silent, like the graveyard.".

In 2007, the World Health Organization announced that working the graveyard shift would be listed as a 'probable' cause of cancer. An estimated twenty percent of the American labour force works the night shift.

Graveyard shift may also refer to:

Movies, television, and video games



  • "Graveyard Shift", a song by Uncle Tupelo
  • "Graveyard Shift", a song by Steve Earl and the Del McCoury Band from The Mountain (album)
  • "Graveyard Shift", a song by Kardinal Offishall from the 2008 album Not 4 Sale
  • "Graveyard Shift", a song by John Zorn from the 1989 album Naked City
  • "Graveyard Shift", a song by an unknown artist intended to be featured in Guitar Hero, but removed for unknown reasons
  • Graveyard Shift, a side-project of Jani Liimatainen and former bandmate Henrik Klingenberg of Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica
  • Graveyard Shift, a now defunct rap rock group that was under the Mo Thug record label. Comprised of members Tombstone, Sin and Gate's.
  • Batman: The Musical Overture, in this song composed by Jim Steinman for a musical about Batman, the hero sings that he is working the graveyard shift.


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