"Fourth of July" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
The evil it spread like a fever ahead
It was night when you died, my firefly
What could I have said to raise you from the dead?
Oh could I be the sky on the Fourth of July?

Well you do enough talk
My little hawk, why do you cry?
Tell me what did you learn from the Tillamook burn?
Or the Fourth of July?
We're all gonna die

Sitting at the bed with the halo at your head
Was it all a disguise, like Junior High
Where everything was fiction, future, and prediction
Now, where am I?
My fading supply

Did you get enough love, my little dove
Why do you cry?
And I'm sorry I left, but it was for the best
Though it never felt right
My little Versailles

The hospital asked should the body be cast
Before I say goodbye, my star in the sky
Such a funny thought to wrap you up in cloth
Do you find it all right, my dragonfly?

Shall we look at the moon, my little loon
Why do you cry?
Make the most of your life, while it is rife
While it is light

Well you do enough talk
My little hawk, why do you cry?
Tell me what did you learn from the Tillamook burn?
Or the Fourth of July?
We're all gonna die

We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die


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"Fourth of July" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    Song Meaningthis is very mind-opening song. it is about a conversation between sufjan and his mother and the main point is to tell how short life really is. in they talk about light as a metaphor to life "Make the most of your life, while it is rife
    While it is light" but the events where light is involved are so short for example in 4th of july the light lasts only seconds and then it is darkness again. In the song Sufjan says to his mother "Oh could I be the sky on the Fourth of July?". By this he wants to tell her that Even though life is so short flash of light in the darkness I wanted to spend this moment with you.
    maakojiion January 02, 2017   Link

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