"Miss Fourth of July" as written by and Jon Bon Jovi....
I used to live but now I survive
I used to believe but now it's just one day at a time
The circus is gone, it's all packed away
The clown's hat, the makeup's been packed in his case

So we wave goodbye to Miss Fourth of July
The queen of the roses has left us with nothing but thorns
Don't say we never tried, Miss Fourth of July
The stars that we reached for left us with nothing but dawn

I used to laugh but I've learned to cry
And I ain't too proud to let you see tears fall from these eyes
For all of my hopes, my heartaches and fears
For a night I just watched and you walked out of here

I just waved goodbye to Miss Fourth of July
The queen of the roses has left us with nothing but thorns
Don't say we never tried, Miss Fourth of July
The crown that we reached for left us with nothing

But your thorns left me wounded not unlike the truth
When innocence sang his last song
He'd tell me that it's all gone
Just look me in the eyes and say it meant nothing at all

I used to live, I've learned to die
And I used to dream, I used to dream

So now we wave goodbye to Miss Fourth of July
The queen of the roses has left us with nothing but thorns
Don't say we've never tried, Miss Fourth of July
The stars that we reached for, they've left us with nothing but dawn

Oh yeah
Nothing but a heavy hit of heartbreak
A handful of blues
Oh yeah
I'll never get off these




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"Miss Fourth of July" as written by Jon Bon Jovi

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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. Jon and Richie sound amazing when they sing together.
    Roses and Revolverson March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite lines:

    "I used to live, but now I survive" and "The stars that we reached for have left us with nothing but dawn."

    This is obviously about heartbreak and a girl who left him and the dreams they planned to fulfill together. It's a sad song. It's a great song.
    cubbyblueson May 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthey,

    I remember hearing this song for the first time last year on the 100Million fans... boxset, and then hearing his meaning on the boxset. I can't remember it perfectly, so shoot me down if you can.

    It's referring to life and growing older and how life seems just like a carnival as a child.
    A lot of it talks of contrast, then and now. When you're a kid everything just seems so happy and full of life, like the clown, but as we grow older we see past the make-up and smiles to the lies beneath. So everything, the "carnival", our dreams, life in general seems to fade.

    "Miss Fourth of July" is just the promise made to us when we're young, of how good life can be, and how much of a change we can make; much like the promise of freedom and happiness the 4th of July brings.

    It's really a sad song in it's jaded nature. And as with any song, piece of art[BON JOVI MASTERPIECE!!!] its all about perception, but yeah that's what i remember of the interview + my own thoughts.

    Really great song too
    scouser91on October 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIf i'm not wrong "Miss Fourth of July" is a reference to the fireworks of a relationship. and it seems he's waving goodbye to the spark and the life as the relationship fizzles out.

    at least that's what i remember from what Richie said in the 100000000 fans boxset DVD.

    definitely one of my favourite Bon Jovi songs, Richie's soul + Jon's emotion = magic.
    thechaion December 07, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about the burnout and depression Jon suffered in the late 80s and early 90s. He said his dream had basically become a nightmare. Success wasn't what he thought it would be. The band was fighting. He said he couldn't understand why he didn't like it anymore, but music was the last thing he wanted to be doing.

    He refers to that period of time as the "grey period," in his life. All he did was sit on the beach and drink, everyday. He was so depressed he nearly jumped out of a moving car. His wife stopped him, saving his life.

    The song was written in 1991, but they didn't release it until 2004. When they finally released it, Jon said he likes it more now, because it doesn't hurt as bad.
    DLL25on December 11, 2011   Link

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