Fourth of July

Fourth of July

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Liner Notes: 

It's past midnight, neighbors, enough with the fireworks already!

Lyrics: 

The street’s on fire, it’s the 4th of July
Katie’s in the kitchen making Sazeracs
Take off my shoes to watch the flames go by
Sit on the porch eating Cracker Jacks

Ain’t it hard to stay busy when there’s simply nothing to do?
Like it’s hard being me in a world that’s empty of you

They opened the bars, then they closed em again
All the bachelorettes are stranded in midtown
Katie stopped laughing at the jokes that I tell
She watches the news with the sound down

The world’s full of people whose motives are mysteries to me
There are days it don’t break me and days I spend on my knees

Angie, it’s the 4th of July
And it came around again like it always does even though you’re gone
Angie, everything beautiful flickers and dies
Maybe where you are there’s some kind of reason why

Explosions all over from here to the west
The neighborhood’s filthy with flame smoke
We lie in our bed with the ceiling fan on
Katie sings hymns with her eyes closed

And nobody knows when the world’ll come back to itself
But for me, there were years full of you, then everything else

Angie, it’s the 4th of July
And it came around again like it always does even though you’re gone
Angie, everything beautiful flickers and dies
Maybe where you are there’s some kind of reason why



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Comments

coolparadiso's picture

thats 2 excellent songs. Something lyrically Springsteen about them not sure why. Great storytelling.

bunter's picture

Very mindful of the events shaping our world right now and you express them so well in a very poignant song.

sph's picture

Fine how you you connect the thoughts of the protagonist concerning country and partners

TheTau's picture

Story telling with shades of Billy Joe MC Alister... a long and Dramatic tail, with that hidden story that is never mentioned... Great way to keep the Listener involved Just add a mystery
Russ

AndyGetch's picture

Solid lyric and delivery. Am kinda curious about the connections between the narrator, Katie and Angie but I like the open-ended mystery imagery letting me fill in the blanks. Also huge thanks to the neighborhood fireworks in the the background to provide noise-canceling subdued sound effects :). Kudos for getting this one down with all of that going on.

tcelliott's picture

That "It's hard being me..." line is one of those lines that I long to write. Simple, direct and a dagger through the heart.

billwhite51's picture

springsteen has nothing on you. that opening verse is a killer with an outlandushly fine rhyme. ..you take off from there and it just keeps getting better. with a title like 4th of july, i expect an anthem, and you have delivered one. i just wish it went on for another fuve minutes.

MarkG's picture

I especially like V2, it's like everything is stranded in mid air, looking for something to do but the clock has stopped.

Stephen Wordsmith's picture

I'm ever curious when I see a song about the Fourth of July, and also a little apprehensive: there's always a line to tread between jingoism, warm cultural fuzzies and swallowing uncomfortable truths when it comes to national days. And I usually walk away feeling that the balance hasn't been struck.

Anyway, I was surprised to see that this was really about one person who meant the world to another person. It reminded me a bit of a favourite song from back home (Andy, by The Front Lawn) with its theme of 'This annual event reminds me that you're dead, and you absolutely wouldn't believe the state of the country you've left behind', although the specifics are quite, quite different.

It would have, therefore, been quite easy to be ham-fisted and didactic in condemning how the world got to this point, but I appreciate the way that you've delivered the events as a series of vignettes, almost tabloid photographs; you mix the mundane and the cataclysmic and allow them both to speak (the same truth) for themselves. Just look at the first line. We set the scene with an annual, nay, calendrical event... in a short sentence which just happens to mention, in passing, that the world is on fire.

But, I'm sure you didn't come here to be deconstructed. I loved this song, musically and lyrically; and, as TC points out, the line 'Like it’s hard being me in a world that’s empty of you' is an absolute masterstroke, and proof that 50/90 provides for diamonds as well as rough.