Well Papa go to bed now it's getting late
Nothing we can say is gonna change anything now
I'll be leaving in the morning from St. Mary's Gate
We wouldn't change this thing even if we could somehow
`Cause the darkness of this house has got the best of us
There's a darkness in this town that's got us too
But they can't touch me now and you can't touch me now
They ain't gonna do to me what I watched them do to you

So say goodbye it's Independence Day
It's Independence Day all down the line
Just say goodbye it's Independence Day
It's Independence Day this time

Now I don't know what it always was with us
We chose the words and yeah we drew the lines
There was just no way this house could hold the two of us
I guess that we were just too much of the same kind

Well say goodbye it's Independence Day
All boys must run away come Independence Day
So say goodbye it's Independence Day
All men must make their way come Independence Day

Now the rooms are all empty down at Frankie's joint
And the highway she's deserted down to Breaker's Point
There's a lot of people leaving town now
Leaving their friends their homes
At night they walk that dark and dusty highway all alone

Well Papa go to bed now it's getting late
Nothing we can say can change anything now
Because there's just different people coming down here now
And they see things in different ways
And soon everything we've known will just be swept away

So say goodbye it's Independence Day
Papa now I know the things you wanted that you could not say
But won't you just say goodbye it's Independence Day
I swear I never meant to take those things away


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    Song MeaningFor me, this song takes a turn during the saxophone solo in the middle. Clearly, the first part of the song is a father struggling to impress his own realities and priorities upon his son.

    I feel the son resents his father's love affair with his own beliefs, his town.... a love affair the young son refuses to buy into. "There's a darkness in this town thats got us too..but they cant touch me now and you can't touch me now" and so... all men must make their way come independence day. FAST FORWARD.

    I see the son returning to the town now a man. The town, what its stood for, has changed. The people, the culture, the values that the father tried to impress upon his son previously, have devolved over time. The highway is deserted, people have left town,"theres just people coming down now and they see things in different ways and soon everything we know will be swept away"......... when son returns.... he's not triumphant as he once surely would have been.

    Rather, he is too late to preserve the values of his father that he once strived to avoid... and over time... arrived at independently of his father's force.

    The use of the word "NOW" changes drastically throughout the song..... and come the end of the song, son is with father, and explaining to him that now he.... the father.... must say goodbye to his own town and values.

    "I now know the things you wanted that you could not say.......i swear i never meant to take those things away." Those things being the values, beliefs and traditions of the town that have now abandoned the father, and ironically enough.... the son.... as well.

    At the end, a matured grown son aligns with his father, who now must face his own independence day.... and rediscover himself... with his son by his side.
    Scott0880on July 07, 2012   Link

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