"Independance Day" as written by and Gretchen Peters....
Well she seemed all right by dawn's early light
Though she looked a little worried and weak.
She tried to pretend he wasn't drinkin' again
But daddy'd left the proof on her cheek.
And I was only eight years old that summer
And I always seemed to be in the way
So I took myself down to the fair in town
On Independence Day.

Well ,word gets around in a small,small town
They said he was a dangerous man
But mama was proud and she stood her ground
But she knew she was on the losin' end.
Some folks whispered and some folks talked
But everybody looked the other way
And when time ran out there was no one about
On Independence Day.

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today
Is a day of reckoning.
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay
It's Independence Day.

Well,she lit up the sky that fourth of July
By the time that the firemen come
They just put out the flames
And took down some names
And send me to the county home.
Now I ain't sayin' it's right or it's wrong
But maybe it's the only way.
Talk about your revolution
It's Independence Day.

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today
Is a day of reckoning.
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay
It's Independence Day.

Roll the stone away
It's Independence Day.


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"Independence Day" as written by Gretchen Peters

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    General CommentThis song gives us an insight on what it would be like to face independance in our lives no matter how young or old we are. It will be difficult at first but we'll all be okay.
    Manderzterzon April 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt also reminds us that we have the freedom _and responsiblity- to watch out for our fellow humans
    VintageCutieon July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a family; an alcoholic, abusive father/husband, a proud woman who tries to stand by her husband, and a child who is abused. The townspeople look the other way and the abuse continues. The wife tries to stand by her husband, but when the father continues to be abusive, the wife burns down the house. The song never states it explicitely, but the abusive husband/father is killed. The wife/mother goes to jail and while the daughter is sent to the county home. Its Independence Day for the mother and daughter as they are now free from abuse.
    chungjikon May 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentCan anybody explain to me the line "let the right be wrong"? Maybe I'm just missing the point, but what could this mean? Thanks
    ninakazamaon November 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFirst off, when she says "let the right be wrong" she is just trying to rhyme, but also it's meaning is that all those who are so full of themselves, self-centered and arrogant, should see that at some point that they are not perfect, that they don't know everything, because no one does.
    For those of you who may be Stephen King fans, this is the closest song I could find to be related to the novel "It" of course Independance Day was not a part of the story, but I'll explain the stuff that relates. Most of it has to do with Beverly Marsh.
    Bev had a somewhat abusive father who drank, but through it all Bev was a really strong person, the age of 8 is a few years younger then Bev, but she definately tried to stay away from the house as much as she could.
    As for the song being related to the whole story, well, it's really hard to get around that is about a broken family. But as far as things related to the creature It, the small town of Derry was ultimately blind to the monster, and only a few knew of it "some folks whisper, some folks talk, but everybody looked the other way out, and when time ran out, there was no one about. That is what happens when It takes a child, the matter goes ultimately unresolved, the parents are sad, but don't ever think of revenge on whoever killed their child. I am not sure I can explain it further without making it worse. I just suggest reading the book, best one ever written. And for anyone who has, I hope you see the few points I mean.
    ReptileKingon March 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe title is a double meaning. "Independence Day" has a literal meaning, in that these events happened on July 4th, or America's Independence Day.

    It also refers to the day that her mom in the song finally had enough of her dad's abusive ways and declared her "independence" by setting fire to the house. I believe it's right to assume the father died, mother was arrested and daughter (Martina in the song) was taken to foster care.

    However, her in-song mom gained independence from the abuse her in-song dad was giving for herself and Martina. Therefore, it was a "day of reckoning" or a day where her father finally had to own up for his past sins. Mom and daughter, while not together physically, were independent of the father's abuse.

    Awesome song and lyrics!
    GrtOne41on April 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think, personally, that she set fire to the house which burned with her in it too. So she realized her daughter would have a better life without her dad obviously, even if her mom had to go to. That she sacrificed herself for her daughter to have a better life.
    mariahlovesmusicon February 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit means to be abused i guess lol
    Nukkaon March 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhy are there two independence days, i mean two lyrics fr the same song.
    wicked_angelon June 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentim sure most people who would look up these lyrics have seen the music video..
    and it shows the song perfectly..
    if you haven't seen it- it is about abuse.
    the song is written as the daughter of an abusive father.
    and her mother ends up killing both herself and her husband to end the abuse.
    twostorywindowon July 03, 2006   Link

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