INDEPENDENCE DAY

Live 07 Jul 1978 version


[Spoken intro:] This song I wrote uh... there was a group of songs I wrote, I wrote "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", a song called "The Promise" which has not been recorded, and uh... I wrote this song a long time ago and uh... And I get to my father, he's always... I tease him a whole lot and he was always telling me uh... "That you should do uh... you should be better than me whatever you do," you know. And uh... this is for him. This is called "Independence Day".

Well Papa go to bed now, it's getting late
Ain't no talking 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
And 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 the boys must run away
Oh say goodbye, it's Independence Day
All men must go their way come Independence Day

Well Papa I don't know what it always was with us
We chose the words and yeah we drew the lines
This house know how could it hold the two of us
I guess that we were just too much of the same kind

So say goodbye, it's Independence Day
All the boys must run away come Independence Day
Oh say goodbye, it's Independence Day
All men must make their way come Independence Day

Well now the rooms are all empty down at Frankie's joint
And the highway is deserted, clear down to Breaker's Point
Lot of people leaving town now, leaving their friends, their homes
At night they walk that dark and dusty highway all alone

So Papa go to bed now, it's getting late
Nothing we can say is gonna 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
Say goodbye, it's Independence Day
I swear I never meant to take those things away


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 07 Jul 1978 performance of INDEPENDENCE DAY at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour.

The 07 Jul 1978 Show

The 07 Jul 1978 concert at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA, was originally broadcast live on the now-defunct local radio station KMET-FM, and later became one of the main source concerts for the Live/1975-85 box set which includes eight recordings from this show.

  1. RAVE ON
  2. BADLANDS
  3. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. CANDY'S ROOM
  6. FOR YOU
  7. POINT BLANK
  8. THE PROMISED LAND
  9. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  10. RACING IN THE STREET
  11. THUNDER ROAD
  12. PARADISE BY THE "C"
  13. FIRE
  14. ADAM RAISED A CAIN
  15. MONA - SHE'S THE ONE
  16. GROWIN' UP
  17. IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY
  18. BACKSTREETS
  19. HEARTBREAK HOTEL
  20. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  21. INDEPENDENCE DAY
  22. BORN TO RUN
  23. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  24. RAISE YOUR HAND
  25. TWIST AND SHOUT

The 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood July 7, 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood July 7, 1978

3xCD - Rox Vox (RV3CD1001) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood July 7, 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood July 7, 1978

4xLP - Rox Vox (RV4LP1001) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Roxy Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Roxy Night 1978

3xCD - Leftfield Media (LFM3CD534) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen -- 1978 Roxy Night Volume 1
Bruce Springsteen -- 1978 Roxy Night Volume 1

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV386LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 1 of two of the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen -- 1978 Roxy Night Volume 2
Bruce Springsteen -- 1978 Roxy Night Volume 2

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV387LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 2 of two of the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Roxy 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Roxy 1978

Digital album - Lilith Records (no catalog number) - UK, 2016

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts

15xCD - Sound Stage (SSCDBOX10) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora, the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre, the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre, the 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox Theatre, and the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.

Available Versions

List of available versions of INDEPENDENCE DAY on this website:

INDEPENDENCE DAY [Album version]
INDEPENDENCE DAY [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]

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