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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    General CommentBruce's tumultous relationship with his father is very well known. He speaks about, writes about it and even says he is "thankful" for it for without it, he wouldn't have much to write about. It tormented him so much, that he started therapy in 1982. HIs father was most likely bipolar, an alocholic (Bruce speaks of having to go get him from bars as a kid) known to beat Bruce, rip the phone from the wall, etc... Never able to keep a job, tormented and living in the shadow of his sister who was killed at 5...took so much out on Bruce, his long hair, quest to be different. Bruce says, In my house, 2 things were unpopular...me and my guitar. Their relationship improved with separation and his success and his father had a stroke later that improved his personality. They reconciled before he died. Bruce admits to inheriting his DNA...he takes anit-depressants and said it is the best thing he ever did for himself. HIs raging, 4 hr concerts in the 80s were to drive the demons out ofh is head for awhile..those started in childhood. He is a deeply complex man who writes from the heart and yet has a goofy side, too.. HIlarious on stage at times, he can turn on a dime and get dead serious like this. WE are all the better for his gift.
    brucejuiceon January 03, 2013   Link

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