"Independence Day For A Petty Thief" as written by Aaron James Babcock, Timothy Ryan Skipper, Collin Rigsby and Jared Keith Rigsby....
The summer that I turned sixteen I had my independence day
Snuck down to the rich neighborhood near the fireworks display
Green lawns washed in black all reflecting exploding light
Crept up to a house big and white with back door open wide

There's no honor among suburban paupers

Independence Day for a petty thief
Independence Day for a scoundrel

Young and old they stared like zombies at the red and blue and gray
Every soul was in the bleachers about four blocks away
From inside it sounded like thunder claps or a town being laid to waste
My heart was beating a-boom, boom, boom, boom as we filled up our pillow case

Free, dumb

Independence Day for a petty thief
Independence Day for a scoundrel
Independence Day for a petty thief
Independence Day for a scoundrel

The summer that I turned sixteen I had my Independence Day


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"Independence Day For a Petty Thief" as written by Collin Rigsby Aaron James Babcock

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    Lyric CorrectionIt might be "Free, dumb", but when I first heard it, I thought it was "Freedom". Just a thought.
    shadowgnomeon July 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThat is what I thought too, though with the download that they gave away, they included the lyrics and that's what it said.
    Bladgrimon July 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOh, ok. I just didn't notice the lyrics that were included.
    shadowgnomeon July 26, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is a long shot, but I think this song is about the part of us that wants to trivialize patriotism as just fireworks and a pretty flag - so much so that we are able to ignore a thief burgling our home. This is reinforced by "...stared like zombies at the red, blue and grey" and "free, dumb."
    Zeldaniacon May 21, 2011   Link

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