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"Independence Day"
Single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album The River
A-side The River
Released May 1981
Format 7-inch
Recorded January 1980 at The Power Station in New York
Genre Rock
Length 4:50
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Producer Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt

"Independence Day" is a song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. It was originally released on his fifth album, The River. It was recorded at The Power Station in New York February and May 1980.[1]

"Independence Day", along with the title track, Wreck on the Highway and Point Blank, is one of the verse-chorus songs on The River that was essentially a short story or character sketch. [2] It is one of the darker hued songs on The River. [3] The lyrics are about a home that can no longer hold both father and son. [4] The song is sung by the son to the father, opening with the line "Papa go to bed now, it's getting late", reversing the usual command of a father to a son. [5] The son recognizes that despite their similarilties, the father and son would never agree but just continue to argue constantly, and so it was time for the son to leave home.[5] "Independence Day" is an unusually sad, beautiful and private song, with a slow piano and a languid saxophone solo, [5] as well as delicate organ and acoustic guitar work.[6] The song has been described as Springsteen's best recorded vocal, with an unerring sincerity which fuels the song.[7]

Although released on The River in 1980, "Independence Day" was written in 1977[8] and was originally played in the Darkness on the Edge of Town tour.[9] "Independence Day" has been a reasonably popular concert song, with 190 performances through 2008.[10] A concert version of "Independence Day" was released on the live album Live/1975–85.[5]

"Independence Day" was released as the B-side on the single release of "The River" in several countries.

External links


  2. ^ The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. p. 931. ISBN 0743201205.  
  3. ^ Graff, Gary (2005). The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z. p. 305. ISBN 1578591570.  
  4. ^ Graff, Gary (2005). The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z. p. 349. ISBN 1578591570.  
  5. ^ a b c d "Allmusic "Independence Day"".  
  6. ^ Humphries,Patrick (1996). Bruce Springsteen. p. 38–39. ISBN 0 7119 5304 X.  
  7. ^ Humphries,Patrick (1996). Bruce Springsteen. ISBN 0 7119 5304 X.  
  8. ^ Marsh, Dave (1981). Born to Run The Bruce Sprinigsteen Story. p. 272. ISBN 0-440-10694-X.  
  9. ^ Graff, Gary (2005). The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z. p. 303. ISBN 1578591570.  
  10. ^ [[1]]


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