Hey, baby, it’s the Fourth of July…almost

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A sampling of 4th of July lyrics from Mariah to Aimee to Bruce to Ani to the great Dave Alvin


It was twilight
On the Fourth of July
Sparkling colors were
Strewn across the sky
And we sat close enough
That we just barely touched
While roman candles
Went soaring above us and baby

Fourth of July – Mariah Carey


Shower in the dark day
Clean sparks driving down
Cool in the waterway
Where the baptized drown
Naked in the cold sun
Breathing life like fire
Thought I was the only one
But that was just a lie

Cause I heard it in the wind
And I saw it in the sky
And I thought it was the end
And I thought it was the 4th of July

Fourth of July – Soundgarden


Well she hated the 4th of july
Bombs bursting in air, and she’d never know why
She’d keep me up all night, too terrified to cry
Oh yes, she hated 4th of July

Don’t you be scared, don’t you start to shake
Go back to sleep because I am wide awake
I’m right here, I’m not going anywhere tonight
Feel my hand, I’m gonna hold you till the early light

4th of July – Blues Traveler


Today’s the fourth of July
Another June has gone by
And when they light up our town I just think
What a waste of gunpowder and sky
I’m certain that I am alone
In harbouring thoughts of our home
It’s one of my faults that I can’t quell my past
I ought to have gotten it gone

Oh, baby, I wonder –
If when you are older –
You’ll wake up
And say, ’my god, I should have told her –
What would it take?
But now here I am and the world’s gotten colder
And she’s got the river down which I sold her.’

Fourth of July – Aimee Mann


She’s waiting for me when I get home from work
But things just ain’t the same
She turns out the light and cries in the dark
Won’t answer when I call her name

On the stairs I smoke a cigarette alone
The Mexican kids are shooting fireworks below
Hey, baby, it’s the Fourth of July
Hey, baby, it’s the Fourth of July

She gives me her cheek when I want her lips
And I don’t have the strength to go
On the lost side of town in a dark apartment
We gave up trying so long ago

Whatever happened, I apologize
So dry your tears and baby, walk outside
It’s the Fourth of July

Fourth of July – Dave Alvin


Sandy the fireworks are hailin’ over Little Eden tonight
Forcin’ a light into all those stoned-out faces left stranded on this Fourth of July
Down in town the circuit’s full with switchblade lovers so fast so shiny so sharp
As the wizards play down on Pinball Way on the boardwalk way past dark
And the boys from the casino dance with their shirts open like Latin lovers along the shore
Chasin’ all them silly New York girls

Sandy the aurora is risin’ behind us
The pier lights our carnival life forever
Love me tonight for I may never see you again
Hey Sandy girl

4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen


Shall I tell it again how we started as friends
Who would run into one another now and again
At the Yippee Cai O or the Mesa Dupree
Or a dozen different everyday places to be
I was loping along living alone
We were ever so brave on the telephone
Would you care to come down for fireworks time
We could each just reach
We step out of line
And the smell of the smoke and the lay of the land
and the feeling of finding one’s heart in one’s hand
and the tiny tin voice of the radio band singing
love must stand
Love forever and ever must stand
Unbelievable you, impossible me
The fool who fell out of the family tree
The fellow that found the philosopher’s stone
Deep underground like a dinosaur bone
Who fell into you at a quarter to two
With a tear in your eye for the Fourth of July

On the Fourth of July – James Taylor


you gotta have the right tools
for every job
so I invite myself in
through a hole in the fence
I am tripping through the junkyard
scanning over the piles
the thin cats raise their skin in defense
I know he’s watching me
I can see him through the cracks
his eyes are small and shy on my back
he says his name is Jason
he lives in the last trailer on the right
and he’ll be seven
on the fourth of July

only the people who live here
know the name of this place
my path through Iowa would be
hard to trace
all the adults in this town
try not to frown
when I walk by
but Jason smiled at me
he met my eye

he don’t ask me
where I’m from
or why I came
here alone
we all go looking for paradise
then we go back home
we cut out the small talk
go right to the way things are
he showed me his squirrel skull
I told him I locked myself out of my car

so there goes the only friend
I have in Iowa
his hand flapping behind him
waving good-bye
his name is Jason
he lives in the last trailer on the right
and he’ll be seven
on the fourth of July

Fourth of July – Ani DiFranco


I’m sure I missed a few. Drop me a line and I’ll add them, but none of them can hold a roman candle to Alvin’s as done by either him or John Doe with X.

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