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4th Of July Lyrics

Artist: X

She's waitin' for me
when I get home from work
oh, but things ain't just the same
She turns out the light
and cries in the dark
won't answer when I call her name

On the stairs I smoke a
cigarette alone
Mexican kids are shootin'
fireworks below
Hey baby, it's the Fourth of July
Hey baby, it's the Fourth of July

She gives me her cheek
when I want her lips
but I don't have the strength to go
On the lost side of town
in a dark apartment
we gave up trying so long ago

On the stairs I smoke a
cigarette alone
Mexican kids are shootin'
fireworks below
Hey baby, it's the Fourth of July
Hey baby, it's the Fourth of July

What ever happened I
so dry your tears and baby
walk outside, it's the Fourth of July

On the stairs I smoke a
cigarette alone
Mexican kids are shootin'
fireworks below
Hey baby, it's the Fourth of July
Hey baby, Baby take a walk outside


by Jessica Carbonari on 3/7/2010 1:59am
Art Torres just sung this to me over the phone all the way from Sun Valley, CA....and I am in Wind Gap, PA....Good job Art..I LOVED IT!!!!
by Mick Smith on 3/7/2012 8:13am
by Mike Ryba on 7/4/2012 1:20pm
While this is an excellent song and X does it justice, it is but a cover. The original artist and writer is Dave Alvin, but he does play guitar on the version by X.
by Ross on 7/10/2012 7:06pm
You guys are all dimwits.

Sun Valley, CA to Wind Gap, Pa is a multi day journey. No one could possibly sing the song the whole journey.

Mick Smith is just a dimwit...he can't even spell but.

How can a tune be a cover if the writer and guitarist are the original?

You guys should lay of the crack and smoke more weed.

by Guy on 11/1/2012 10:41pm
What the hell is this song suppose to be about? It makes no efing sense. What the hell do mexican kids have to do with it?
by downeyman on 2/28/2013 11:11pm
The song is about a guy who lives in an apartment house, its the fourth of July and he isnt happy in his relationship. Since it is the fourth of July and he lives in an apartment house (There is a mexican family also living there) there are fireworks being shot off in the parking lot and he is having a cigarette on the porch. Not all that hard to figure out. Check out the original video on you tube. It's an amazing song by an amazing songwriter (Dave Alvin). Dave and his brother Phil formed The Blasters before Dave went off on his own and joined X.
by wanderingpawn on 7/3/2013 6:12pm
I would add that the girlfriend in the story is a whole lot unhappier than he is. Oh, and the Mexican kids shooting off the fireworks is there for a heavy sense of irony, as SoCal (where X and the Blasters came from) was more or less taken from the Mexicans by the US govt.
by angelnez on 4/22/2014 5:00pm
it's about independence day - not necessary the 4th of july in the literal sense since the mexican kids are lighting fireworks below (mexicans celebrate independence day on september 16th). his woman doesn't love him anymore, he's spending his time on the stairs alone, and he has decided to leave her.
by angelnez on 4/23/2014 9:02am
actually he hasn't decided to leave her, he's setting her free - since all she does is sit around and cry, he's telling her to quit crying because she's free to leave...
by LB on 7/4/2014 7:19am
even if it is a cover, no ONE could ever sing this as good as John Doe.. great voice!
by JSS327 on 7/27/2014 1:26am
To me this song is about relationships and how it is a struggle and lots of work to stay happy with your other.So he is out on the stairs having a smoke because he is bothered that his girl "cries in the dark"and wont answer when he calls out her name.While the Mexicans kids are having a blast on the 4th of july. He is bothered that she is unhappy.So on this great holiday he doesn't want it wasted ,dry your eyes and walk outside and just watch while we embrace.Its the "4th of July".
by Robert brent jones on 9/25/2014 5:39pm
f mexico f iraq
by Larry Johnson on 7/4/2020 8:42am
It's a great song because so much is unsaid and left to the listener's imagination. What happened? The bridge makes it clear that some unstated event caused the relationship to deteriorate. And what is the relationship? A marriage? What exactly is the "lost side of town"? The wrong side of the tracks? It's the 4th of July, come out and let's rejoin the world. But the song doesn't give one the feeling that it's gonna happen. She'll sit in the dark, he'll sit outside and smoke. They "stopped trying so long ago", but they're both still going through the motions. It's a great song. That's my interpretation.
by David Fulton on 7/11/2020 6:17pm
David Alvin was IN the band X and wrote this song for an X album ("See how we are"). It's the only song on the album not written by John or Excene.

Just wanted to clarify that since some folks seem a little bit confused about the origins of the song.

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