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Martina McBride: Independence Day Meaning

Song Released: 1994


Independence Day Lyrics

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 left the proof on her cheek

And I was only eight years old that summer
And I always seemed...

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    anonymous
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    Aug 27th 2010 report

    I like this song a lot.

    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 left the proof on her cheek

    The young girl's mother seems fine by the morning of the Fourth of July, but tries to pretend that everything is fine and that her husband wasn't drinking again. However, he "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

    The girl sees herself as just another nuisance to her father, and heads off to the fair that is in town.

    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
    She knew she was on the losin' end

    In a small town, word does spread quickly, especially when it's by word of mouth, and the girl knows this. Her father is seen as a drunkard and a "dangerous man". They also feel sorry for the girl.

    Some folks whispered some folks talked
    But everybody looked the other way
    When time ran out there was no one about
    On Independence Day

    Everyone talks, and most people whispered, but nobody does anything about the girl's bad home situation.

    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

    The "white dove" represents peace, love and friendship, and the Fourth of July is also seen as 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 sent me to the county home

    The girl's mother, finally unable to take any more abuse, then sets the house on fire, and dies in the fire, along with her abusive husband. The firemen simply put out the flames and take some names down. As for the girl, she is now an orphan and is sent 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 the Independence Day

    The girl (now a woman) doesn't condone or dislike what her mother did. The last lyric then says, "Talk about your revolution, it's the 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

    This is such a great song! :) It's a very philosophical song, very deep, and thought-provoking, too. Kudos to Martina for writing this fantastic song! :)

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 22nd 2021 report

    Everything people texted is so obvious...why didn't anyone tackle the ONE obvious flaw in this song...'let the right be wrong' what a mistake to put this in what otherwise would be a perfect song....it's all about the wrong being stopped.

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2017 report

    Independence day is about domestic violence between a family and even though the mother is trying to hide it, the little girl understands what is happening in her household is not right. The song is almost a pledge to stop domestic violence and think of the people who are impacted by it because not only did that mother get abused and then get killed by it but the daughter had to sit there watching it knowing there was nothing she could say or do to change it and she had to watch her mother die and then get sent to home, it shows how traumatic it is on the people involved

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 4th 2017 report

    This is one empowering liberating songs of Martina McBride that has a painful memory of Her Father and the Family situation that Bruce Springsteen's ''Independence Day'' song who brought me here on the female tale end of the coin.

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2013 report

    Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay, in my opinion refers to the 3 days of resurrection with the stone in place to the entrance of the tomb, and punish those who committed this sin and atrocity.

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2012 report

    Beautiful song. Talk about independence!! She's now a orphan due to a purposely set fire, and she can never offically call someone Mother again...

  7. Robert Jones
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    Sep 9th 2011 report

    "Roll that stone away, let the guilty pay" I think is a reference to Christianity, meaning what? I'm not sure, but it goes with the line, "I'm not sayin' it's right or it's wrong..." because God/Jesus will make that judgement. I like to think the little girl wishes Daddy gets punished by God, but maybe Momma can be forgiven. I LOVE the CMT Crossroads version of this song performed live my Martina McBride and Pat Benatar.

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 12th 2011 report

    This is simply one of those thought provoking songs. It's well written & beautifully executed. Say what you want, but I like it.

  9. anonymous
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    Jun 24th 2010 report

    A little girl is watching her mom get abused by her dad, and she couldn't watch, and felt she was always in the way, so she went the fair on the Fourth of July. People were saying the dad was a bad person -dangerous- but her mom stood strong against the criticism... Until that Fourth of July when her mom couldn't bear it and set fire to the house -with herself in it. The little girl got sent to an orphanage. That end part where she sings: "Now I ain’t sayin’ it’s right or it’s wrong but maybe it’s the only way," she wasn't denying OR accepting that what her mom did was wrong, because, as the lyrics say: "talk
    About your revolution it’s independence day."

  10. xuh4983
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    Aug 25th 2008 report

    A girls mom is getting abused by her husband and on independence day her mom set her house on fire and her parents died.

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 3rd 2008 report

    It is about a girl who is continuously abused, and so she sets her husband and the house on fire.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 18th 2007 report

    I think she is talking about her feelings toward spousal abuse and how she may have seen the atrocities personally.


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