Independence Day

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter

If you can't recollect the larger picture
maybe you should step back for perspective
You might swear all promise is rejected
and you can't tell what move might be effective
It's not like a major revolution
and there were no tables firmly turned around
though you might have thought there were in the confusion
My God, you would have sworn it from the sound

All you know is it's
Not like Independence Day
No, it's not like Independence Day
With the flags that wave and the bands that play
No, it's not like Independence Day

You might have heard the ongoing singer
You must have heard the ongoing song
You will admit the time was never riper
You can see without much sight how far it's gone
And it isn't only matters
that were settled long ago
And it isn't just the singer
and it wasn't just a show

All you know is it's
Not like Independence Day
No, it's not like Independence Day
With the flags that wave and the bands that play
No, it's not like Independence Day

Perhaps you remember Jack the Jester
Got so high he tried to milk the cat
The damned thing turned around and scratched his eyes out
Could be a lesson for us all in that
If it wasn't what you ordered
Would you eat it anyway?
Would you waste the time to close the barn door
after your pig, your cow, your chicken, and your tractor have all flown away?
Just say bye-bye
baby blackbird
just say bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye

'Cause it's not like Independence Day
No, though it might be a little
like Happy New Year
But it's not like Independence Day
with all those shooting stars
and the bands that play
No, it's not like Independence Day
Thomas Jefferson singing Not Fade Away
No, it's not like Independence Day
Robert Hunter sang a truncated version in a performance on 7 February 1980
If it wasn't what you wanted
Would you eat it anyway?
What's the point of closing
The door of the cage after the blackbird's flown away?
Bye-bye, say bye-bye
Baby blackbird, bye-bye

You know it's not like a major revolution
And there were no tables firmly turned around
All you know is it's not like Independence Day
No, it's not like Independence Day
With the flags that wave and the bands that play
It's not like Independence Day
Though it might be a little like Happy New Year
But it's not like Independence Day
Thomas Jefferson singing Not Fade Away
Not Fade Away, Not Fade Away, Not Fade Away

 


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