Song Lyric Sunday: a song about not judging

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Song Lyric Sunday came and went yesterday.  Having read Helen’s prompt early in the day, my first reaction was: I got nothing. Judgement was certainly a tricky theme, but luckily the Boss came to my rescue again and you lucky people get another Bruce Springsteen song!

“Independence Day”
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
It’s Independence Day all boys must run away
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 clear 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

lyrics and music by Bruce Springsteen, lyrics reprinted from A-ZLyrics.com

And here’s a video of a reflective live performance in Paris four years ago. Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: a song about not judging

  1. Beautiful!! I’m starting to realize that I still have judgments about singers and music, and maybe it’s time I let go of all of them and just let myself explore music… even music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. I loved this song so much… and I didn’t think I liked Springsteen. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this. ❤

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