Independence Day Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Gretchen Peters
album: Track in album The River
release date: 1980-10-10
popularity : 7 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Pop
styles: Rock & Roll/Pop Rock/Classic Rock
length: 4:51
producer: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau and Steven Van Zandt
drums: Max Weinberg
piano: Roy Bittan
vocal: Bruce Springsteen
mixer: Toby Scott and Chuck Plotkin
recorded by: Neil Dorfsman
bass: Garry Tallent
background vocals: Steven Van Zandt, Clarence Clemons and Roy Bittan
organ: Danny Federici
mastering: Ken Perry
electric guitar & acoustic guitar: Steven Van Zandt
percussion & saxophone: Clarence Clemons
assistant engineer: Jeff Hendrickson, Garry Rindfuss, Dana Bisbee, Raymond Willard and James Farber
harmonica & electric guitar & 12 string guitar: Bruce Springsteen
composer: Bruce Springsteen
lyricist: Bruce Springsteen

Cover Art

Bruce Springsteen The River cover art
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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 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


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Ties That Bind
  • 2 Sherry Darling
  • 3 Jackson Cage
  • 4 Two Hearts
  • 5 Independence Day
  • 6 Hungry Heart
  • 7 Out in the Street
  • 8 Crush on You
  • 9 You Can Look (but You Better Not Touch)
  • 10 I Wanna Marry You
  • 11 The River
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Point Blank
  • 2 Cadillac Ranch
  • 3 I’m a Rocker
  • 4 Fade Away
  • 5 Stolen Car
  • 6 Ramrod
  • 7 The Price You Pay
  • 8 Drive All Night
  • 9 Wreck on the Highway