We drove the car
To the top of the parking ramp
4th of July
Sat out on the hood
With a couple of warm beers
And watched the fireworks
Explode in the sky
There was an exodus of birds from the trees
'Cause they didn't know
We were only pretending
And the people all looked up and looked pleased
And the birds flew around
Like the whole world was ending
I don't think war is noble
And I don't like to think love is like war
But I got a big hot cherry bomb
And I want to slip it through the mail slot
Of your front door
You can't leave me here
I got your back now
You'd better have mine
'Cause you say the coast is clear
But you say that all the time
So many sheep I quit counting
Sleepless and embarrassed
About the way that I feel
Trying to make mole hills out of mountains
Building base camp at the bottom
Of a really big deal
Did I ever tell you how I stopped eating
When you stopped calling me
I was cramped up
And shitting rivers for weeks
And pretending that I was finally free
You can't leave me here
I got your back now
You'd better have mine
'Cause you say the coast is clear
But you say that all the time
We drove the car
To the top of the parking ramp
4th of July
I planted my dusty boots on the bumper
Sat out on the hood
And looked up at the sky


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Independence Day Lyrics as written by Ani Difranco

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    this song is so good.

    xxbrybryxxon August 23, 2002   Link
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    this guy i was seeing broke up with me, 15days before independance day, and alli wanted was to watch the fireworks with him, i listend to this song on repeat for 2 days after that

    intoodeepon September 20, 2004   Link
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    sleepless and embarrassed about the way that i feel trying to make mole hills out of mountains building base camp at the bottom of a really big deal and did i tell you how i stopped eating?

    ^Those lines basically sum up the end of a relationship I was in earlier this year. I was so sick with sadness, but couldn't admit it at all. "Embarrassed about the way that I feel" It's refreshing to see Ani put it all to words.

    youaresweetinsanityon April 28, 2005   Link
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    sleepless and embarrassed about the way that i feel trying to make mole hills out of mountains building base camp at the bottom of a really big deal and did i tell you how i stopped eating?

    ^Those lines basically sum up the end of a relationship I was in earlier this year. I was so sick with sadness, but couldn't admit it at all. "Embarrassed about the way that I feel" It's refreshing to see Ani put it all to words.

    youaresweetinsanityon April 28, 2005   Link
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    This is the most heartbreaking song ever. Obviously about a breakup, but she gets deeper than that. You feel it.

    Mutant_Muppeton April 29, 2007   Link
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    This song is about the experience of seeing things through full circle. The first encounter speaks of a time when everything got to that point with that special person became too much, and the relationship just ended. The middle of this songs builds the story of how wrong she was for ending it, how she was depressed and unable to function. The end of this song shows how things came full circle, repeating the same scenario as earlier, but with a new understanding, a new feeling and outlook. Sometimes you need to experience how bad things are apart before you could every truly appreciate your time together.

    Utopia771on May 30, 2007   Link
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    Indeed. You do feel it.

    MLuckon June 02, 2009   Link

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