Independence Day
Little Plastic Castle 1998

We drove the car
to the top of the parking ramp
4th of July
sat out on the hood
with a couple of warm beers
and watched the fireworks
explode in the sky
There was an exodus of birds from the trees
Cuz they didn't know
We were only pretending
And the people all looked up and looked pleased
and the birds flew around
like the whole world was ending

I don't think war is noble
and I don't like to think love is like war
but I gotta big hot cherry bomb
and I want to slip it into the mail slot
of your front door

You can't leave me here
I got your back now
You'd better have mine
Cuz you say the coast is clear
but you say that all the time
 
So many sheep I quit counting
Sleepless and embarrassed
about the way that I feel, 
trying to make mole hills of mountains
building base camp at the bottom
of a really big deal
Did I tell you how I stopped eating
when you stopped calling me? 
And I was cramped up
shitting rivers for weeks
and pretending that I was finally free

You can't leave me here
Now that you're back
You'd better stay this time
Cuz you say the coast is clear 
but you say that all the time
 
We drove the car
to the top of the parking ramp 
4th of July
I planted my dusty boots on the bumper
sat on the hood
and looked up at the sky
Ani DiFranco