A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 10, 2018
“If you work at a cemetery, every shift is a graveyard shift”

A “graveyard shift” is a night shift, such as one between midnight and 6 a.m. It does not necessarily involve a work shift at a cemetery, but there are jokes.

“And for two summers, I worked full-time in a cemetery, where every shift was a graveyard shift” was printed in the Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer on November 28, 1995. “Every shift is the graveyard shift at the cemetery” was posted on the Straight Dope Message Board on June 20, 2010. “When you work at a cemetery, every shift is a graveyard shift” was posted on Twitter by Adam Baxter on January 20, 2011.


Wikipedia: Graveyard Shift
Graveyard shift is a work shift running through the late hours of the evening to the early hours of the morning, typically from midnight until 8 am.

28 November 1995, Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer, “Term’s Origins Matter of Grave Concern” by Jon Hahn, pg. C2:
And for two summers, I worked full-time in a cemetery, where every shift was a graveyard shift.
(...)
Greg Marshall, a Graytop driver and Seattle cabby for more than 30 years, explained over morning coffee at the Puppy Club that “graveyard shift” originated when workers were moving bodies from an old Pioneer Square cemetery to Lake View Cemetery.

10 December 2005, Indiana (PA) Gazette, “Grave digging is solitary job” by Bill Zimmerman, pg. 12, col. 5:
For Terry Rapach of Indiana, every shift is the graveyard shift.

He’s dug graves at all hours, in all types of weather and at cemeteries on all kinds of terrain, but he insists it isn’t hard work.

Straight Dope Message Board
What’s the graveyard shift called in hospitals?
06-20-2010, 01:16 AM
Siam Sam
Every shift is the graveyard shift at the cemetery.

Google Books
THis Book is Not For Sale
By Jarod Kintz
Published by author
2011
Pg. ?:
I just started working the graveyard shift at the cemetery. Come to think of it, every shift at the cemetery is the graveyard shift.

Twitter
IREF
@I_Ref_Sports
“@XipherRevolver: Do cemetery workers prefer the graveyard shift?” isn’t every shift for cemetery workers, the graveyard.
3:49 AM - 5 Jan 2011

Twitter
Adam Baxter
@AdamBaxter
When you work at a cemetery, every shift is a graveyard shift.
8:21 PM - 20 Jan 2011

Twitter
Zack
@Mr_Kapowski
If you work at a cemetery, isn’t every shift a graveyard shift?
1:43 AM - 16 Dec 2014

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
My friends brother works at a local cemetery. For him, every shift is the graveyard shift…
submitted May 9, 2016 by Btbams

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
If you work at a cemetery, regardless of your work schedule, isn’t every shift technically the “graveyard shift”?
submitted February 10, 2017 by ArcadeFacade

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Every shift is the graveyard shift at a cemetery.
submitted August 4, 2017 by SheepHoarder31

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
If you work at a cemetery, every shift is a graveyard shift
submitted August 11, 2018 by alphabetglue

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, August 10, 2018 • Permalink