"4th of July" as written by and Waylon Albright Jennings....
She's waitin' for me
When I get home from work
Oh, but things ain't just 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
Mexican kids are shootin'
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
But 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

On the stairs I smoke a
Cigarette alone
Mexican kids are shootin'
Fireworks below
Hey baby, it's the Fourth of July
Hey baby, it's the Fourth of July

What ever happened I
Apologize
So dry your tears and baby
Walk outside, it's the Fourth of July

On the stairs I smoke a
Cigarette alone
Mexican kids are shootin'
Fireworks below
Hey baby, it's the Fourth of July
Hey baby, Baby take a walk outside


Lyrics submitted by Milkman82, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"4th of July" as written by Dave Alvin

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    General CommentTwo people, a man and his wife/girlfriend have been together a long time, and the relationship has been on the rocks for a long time, and they have apparently fought recently. Both feel lost, helpless, angry, but most of all, tired and beaten down by life. He's so tired, he doesn't even know what day it is.

    And yet...as he goes outside for a smoke, he sees the fireworks, realizes what day it is, and still has some hope of redemption for the relationship. They can fix this. He takes the initiative, offers apologies, reaches out to his girl to share the moment with him.

    The relationship ultimately may not survive, but at this point in time, he has not given up and tries to make things right.

    A great tune, with very insightful, mature lyrics. I love this song.
    duhaaston October 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love duhaast's summary, which is as touching as the song itself. I also like Dave Alvin's (original) version. My favorite is the line "Whatever happened...I apologize." I have this in my car and have been playing it and singing on the way to work every day. Cathartic, and John Doe's voice is amazing. Check it out if you haven't!
    ckoon June 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have a slightly different interpretation that duhaast.

    I agree completely with his first paragraph. This is clearly a couple who have been fighting for years and have been worn down to nothing but numbness.

    But, rather than him *not* giving up, I totally think that he *has* just given up. So, he says he's sorry for whatever he's done, but then he tells her to "go outside and take a walk, it's the 4th of July.", meaning, you're free from this pain, it's our independence day. We're done.
    sandyd2001on August 19, 2012   Link

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