Independence Day

One of my hobbies is music and songwriting. I wrote this last year for Independence Day.

(See below for notes on the music.)

The king’s men
Have betrayed us
Tricked us out of
Our homes

No one else
Gonna save us
We must stand up
On our own

Divided
We’ve been conquered
For too long
We’ve played their game

United
We’d be invincible
So rise up
And shake off our chains

We’ve been fooled
By the banker
The sheriff
And the priest

We’ve been ruled
By the con man
The scoundrel
And the thief

Divided
We’ve been conquered
For too long
We’ve played their game

United
We’d be invincible
So rise up
And shake off our chains

Feel
The power
Streaming out
Through our souls [Note: if you’re an atheist, think of it as our source of courage, or just change the last word to “soles”]

Now’s
The hour
Come together
And let’s roll

Here we are
In the meadow
It is time to
Decide

From afar
The army’s nearing
Are we slaves or
Will we fight?

Divided
We’ve been conquered
For too long
We’ve played their game

United
We’d be invincible
So rise up
And shake off our chains

Feel
The power
Streaming out
Through our souls

Now’s
The hour
Come together
And let’s roll

Words and music Copyright © 2010-2011 George Washington/Washington’s Blog.

Notes on the music: The drums are similar to U2’s “Bloody Sunday“, the guitar similar to U2 in some parts and the main riff from Little Steven’s “Freedom” in other parts, and there are elements of Simple Minds’ “Sanctify Yourself” or “Don’t You Forget About Me” and – I know, I know – Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.

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