A soundtrack for your July 4th


Christmas takes the cake on how many songs are dedicated to one singular day, but several other holidays are deserving of some tunes all their own. The fourth of July is surely one of the most fun holidays, so it’s good to know there are some singers and songwriters that are just as excited about the sparklers as we are every year.

Aimee Mann‘s “4th of July” is sort of sad, but really, what else would you expect from her? Nonetheless, it’s a tune of tribute to the holiday:

Today’s the fourth of July / Another June has gone by /And when they light up our town I just think / What a waste of gunpowder and sky.

OK she’s kind of a Debbie Downer, but whatevs — it’s pretty right?

Moving on to romance from Mariah Carey. Her song is, uh, also called “Fourth of July,” but she actually likes to watch fireworks. That’s my kind of girl.

It was twilight on the Fourth of July / Sparkling colors were strewn across the sky / and we sat close enough that we just barely touched while roman candles went soaring above us.

Use this track if you’re trying to seal the deal. And by that I mean, hold hands with a nice lady.

I would be chastised if I didn’t mention Ani DiFranco‘s own track called, drumroll please, “Fourth of July.” In fact, there might even be some sort of AfterEllen.com clause that says “Must mention Ani’s songs when relevant or you will be fired instantly.” So I keep my job:

He says his name is Jason / he lives in the last trailer on the right/ and he’ll be seven / on the Fourth of July.

Ani D: friend to lesbians, folksingers, lesbian folksingers and trailer dwellers. Such a do-gooder!

Lastly, a song that from Evanescence (a cover of the Soundgarden tune) that is so eloquently and innovatively titled, “Fourth of July.”

Cause I heard it in the wind/ And I saw it in the sky/ And I thought it was the end / And I thought it was the 4th of July.

Someone who is near Amy Lee tonight, will you please let her know that it is, indeed, the fourth? She’s not nuts.

Now that you have your soundtrack, I hope you will have a great day of celebrating independence, unless you are partnered and your girlfriend really doesn’t like you going around singing Ani songs about trailer kids and ex-girlfriends all day. (This is me seriously hoping my girlfriend doesn’t get any ideas.)

Happy 4th of July!

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