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Fourth of July
Sufjan Stevens Lyrics


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The evil it spread like a fever ahead
It was night when you died, my firefly
What could I have said to raise you from the dead?
Oh could I be the sky on the Fourth of July?

Well you do enough talk
My little hawk, why do you cry?
Tell me what did you learn from the Tillamook burn?
Or the Fourth of July?
We're all gonna die

Sitting at the bed with the halo at your head
Was it all a disguise, like Junior High
Where everything was fiction, future, and prediction
Now, where am I?
My fading supply

Did you get enough love, my little dove
Why do you cry?
And I'm sorry I left, but it was for the best
Though it never felt right
My little Versailles

The hospital asked should the body be cast
Before I say goodbye, my star in the sky
Such a funny thought to wrap you up in cloth
Do you find it all right, my dragonfly?

Shall we look at the moon, my little loon
Why do you cry?
Make the most of your life, while it is rife
While it is light

Well you do enough talk
My little hawk, why do you cry?
Tell me what did you learn from the Tillamook burn?
Or the Fourth of July?
We're all gonna die

We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die

Overall Meaning

Sufjan Stevens's song "Fourth of July" is a deeply emotional and reflective ballad that speaks of loss, grief, and mortality. The song is largely about the death of a loved one, possibly a child or a sibling, and the aftermath of that death on the singer. The opening lines of the song set a somber tone, with the evil spreading like a fever, foreshadowing the grief that is to come. The reference to the Fourth of July further underscores the theme of mortality, reminding listeners of the fleeting nature of life and the inevitability of death.


The singer addresses the deceased as "my firefly" and "my little dove," suggesting a close and affectionate relationship. The lines "Did you get enough love, my little dove, why do you cry?" are particularly haunting, suggesting that the singer may feel guilt or regret for not having loved the deceased enough, or for not having been able to save them from death. The reference to the Tillamook burn, a devastating forest fire that swept through Oregon in the 1930s, further emphasizes the theme of loss and the singer's attempts to make sense of it.


As the song progresses, the singer reflects on their own mortality and the fragility of life. The lines "My fading supply" and "Make the most of your life, while it is rife, while it is light" suggest a sense of urgency and a desire to live life to the fullest. The final lines of the song, "We're all gonna die," are a stark reminder of the song's main theme and a call to embrace life before it's too late.


Overall, "Fourth of July" is a haunting and deeply moving song that explores themes of grief, loss, and mortality with a rare vulnerability and emotional depth.


Line by Line Meaning

The evil it spread like a fever ahead
The negativity in the world was spreading rapidly and was bound to cause damage.


It was night when you died, my firefly
You passed away in the darkness, leaving me alone with my thoughts and memories.


What could I have said to raise you from the dead?
I'm left wondering if I could have done anything to prevent your passing or brought you back to life.


Oh could I be the sky on the Fourth of July?
I wish I could be something significant and powerful, like the sky on the Fourth of July.


Well you do enough talk
You always have something to say, my little hawk,


My little hawk, why do you cry?
Why do you feel so sorrowful and heartbroken, little hawk?


Tell me what did you learn from the Tillamook burn?
What did you learn about life or yourself from witnessing the devastation of the Tillamook burn?


Or the Fourth of July?
Perhaps you learned something from the Fourth of July too?


We're all gonna die
Death is something we all must face and it's inevitable.


Sitting at the bed with the halo at your head
I remember sitting by your bedside with your halo shining above your head.


Was it all a disguise, like Junior High
I wonder if everything we experienced together, including your life and death, was just a facade, like the exaggerated world of high school.


Where everything was fiction, future, and prediction
High school was full of uncertainty and speculation about the future, just like how I feel now in the aftermath of your passing.


Now, where am I?
I feel lost and confused without you here.


My fading supply
My emotional energy and stability is dwindling away.


Did you get enough love, my little dove
I hope you knew how much I loved you while you were still with me, little dove.


And I'm sorry I left, but it was for the best
I feel guilty for leaving you, but deep down I know it was for the best.


Though it never felt right
Even though it felt wrong to be away, I couldn't stay by your side forever.


My little Versailles
You were once my palace, my safe haven, but now you are gone.


The hospital asked should the body be cast
The hospital staff inquired whether you should be wrapped in cloth before we say our final goodbyes.


Before I say goodbye, my star in the sky
Before I bid you farewell, my beloved star in the sky,


Such a funny thought to wrap you up in cloth
It seems strange to wrap your body in a shroud before we lay you to rest.


Do you find it all right, my dragonfly?
Are you at peace with the idea of being wrapped in cloth, my free-spirited dragonfly?


Shall we look at the moon, my little loon
Shall we take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the moon, my playful little loon?


Make the most of your life, while it is rife
Live your life to the fullest, while it's still full of potential and opportunities.




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Written by: Sufjan Stevens

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LYRICS :

The evil, it spread like a fever ahead
It was night when you died, my firefly
What could I have said to raise you from the dead?
Oh, could I be the sky on the Fourth of July?

"Well, you do enough talk
My little hawk, why do you cry?
Tell me, what did you learn from the Tillamook burn?
Or the Fourth of July?
We’re all gonna die."

Sitting at the bed with the halo at your head
Was it all a disguise, like Junior High?
Where everything was fiction, future, and prediction
Now, where am I? My fading supply

"Did you get enough love, my little dove?
Why do you cry?
And I’m sorry I left, but it was for the best
Though it never felt right
My little Versailles."

The hospital asked should the body be cast
Before I say goodbye, my star in the sky
Such a funny thought to wrap you up in cloth
Do you find it all right, my dragonfly?

"Shall we look at the moon, my little loon?
Why do you cry?
Make the most of your life, while it is rife
While it is light

Well, you do enough talk
My little hawk, why do you cry?
Tell me, what did you learn from the Tillamook burn?
Or the Fourth of July?
We’re all gonna die."

We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die
We're all gonna die



@Shendihgal

When I listen to this music, I remember every person I have lost.

My twin brother who didn't even have the chance to see the day. Every time I listen to this music, I imagine how my life would have been with him, and when the music stops, I remember that this Reality will never exist, and sometimes I wish our places were exchanged, that he could see the world even without me.

To my grandmother who left in her sleep... And that when I saw her body in her coffin I didn't cry because I didn't want it to be real.

To my dog ​​Maya who died on a Sunday, the day before my French test (I am French). When I saw her body lying on the ground which no longer moved and my mother shouted at me to come and help her carry her.. I was paralyzed.. I still have this horrible image in my mind and I never I would manage to forget...

I screamed my sadness and my anger so much that my throat hurt, screaming for someone to give her back to me, that they had no right to take her from me.. And my mother who DARED to tell me: “Pass your French baccalaureate, do it for Maya.” my best friend and I were disgusted by her words....

Even now when I go home, I hope every day to see her waiting for me on her couch.. And unfortunately, I'm always disappointed. And she hasn't been here for 4 months now..



@XxxMessyWildChildxxX

This song reminds me of my sister.
She was almost 18.
She had gone to stay with her mom for a bit but decided to come see us, she bought a plane ticket and she was coming to see us, she wasn't in a car. She was walking..she had her headphones in and she didn't look both ways.
She didn't see the speeding car.
The drunk man who hit her.
I hope she wasn't in any pain in her final moments.
She was going to have her double birthday with my sister.
Just like always
Exept this time it was her very special 18th birthday.
I remember walking downstairs seeing my parents, I could tell something was wrong so I asked them what was going on, they explained to me that she was gone, but I wasn't sad, it hadn't processed yet, all I could think about was everything she had done wrong to me.
I had just started 3rd grade and I missed 2 or 3 weeks of it.
I remember going to her funeral, my siblings and I all held hands.
I remember that they gave me a big crayon set and a huge coloring sheet to keep me occupied.
I don't think I realized at the time I was in the same room as my dead sister.
Soon we had another funeral this time with family that we know, that's when it hit me. That she was gone. I tried so hard not to cry.
I remember the black box with her ashes.
Seeing her pictures.
My parents told me the night she died they remember hearing something on my baby monitor, a voice talking to me. It confused me because I had remembered waking up and seeing a bright light, I wasn't afraid, I remember asking if I would ever see it again, and I remember it replied with something like "you'll see" I turned back around and went to bed.
The rest of the year I had gone deppressed, I slept all class, and I was allowed to bring a stuffed animal that she had left for me. A build a bear, toothless.
I still keep him close to me at night, gave him a pin that says "Angel" on it.
I'm 14 now. I lost her in 2016. I may not have been able to realize it then.
But now I cry everytime I think about her.
I love her.
Skyler.
She wanted to be an author..
She wanted to do something great.
And now I'm her honor I'm going to write a book, I'm going to be what she could never be, what she could never do.
I wish she could have known me now, now I'm not a brat..
Now I'm not just a stupid kid..
I'm 14..
I'm in highschool..
It's been almost 10 years since I lost my sister.
And I don't know If she still visits me..

I love you Skyler..I hope your proud of me..


Edit: thank you guys so much for the replies, it honestly makes my day so much better when I get one, I've never felt this much support, I know it's really not much to reply but it really means a lot to me ❤️❤️❤️



@saranayithparragarcia8310

This song made me cry and pray for my loved ones. We will all leave at some point if God allows it or until He comes. May they and I obtain mercy, may they repent and return to God to see each other again when Christ comes the second time.
I don't like death, I am at peace because it is a rest, a cozy dream, for me death is just a step, when you wake up from it and see Christ coming, you will say, where is death your sting? Where is your grave? victory? With your body that for a time was corrupted, rotted and turned into dust, you will rise with an immortal body, full of health and vitality, similar to the angels themselves, the angels will receive us, they will take us and we will see many people full of unbreakable happiness, you will see those closest to you that one day you lost and loved, even people you never imagined will be there, you will embrace them, you will cry with happiness. Then we will go on an incredible journey to the abode of the Creator, you will see Jesus as your King at the entrance of the great heavenly city and his angels will have crowns in his hands. The angel who was with you all your life, since you were conceived, will have your crown and when Jesus calls you, he will give you a new name, he will take your crown according to who you are and he will put it on your head and with great love and pride in His face will tell you: you endured and suffered a lot, you were stronger than you thought, you have defeated the devil, I am very proud of you, my child, my beloved son, my sacrifice was worth it, because I see you now. again, and here, everything has already happened. He will dry your tears, he will hug you and kiss you like a father kisses his son that he stopped seeing for a long time and he found him again in his home, safe, and in front of the congregation and the celestial beings he will say: my son. He was dead and he lived again, lost and has been found and you will enter that city where eye has not seen and ear has not heard. They are the wonderful things that God has prepared for us.
God loves you, don't listen to that satanic voice that depresses you now. The devil is envious because the mercy that he once lost, we have.
It does not matter your past, nor the multitude of your sins or whether you were on Satan's side or were in darkness. Christ Jesus already paid for all your sins and rebellions on the cross. He chose us as substitutes for those who fell from heaven, they (the demons) hate us because we will take the places they once lost because of their bad decisions even though God gave them opportunity after opportunity to repent but they did not. Do not reject this call of the Spirit of God. Come home, your loving Father is still waiting for you. Leave your past, your old way of living. Go to Christ, know him through his holy word the Bible, pray, repent, ask for strength and courage in the face of the devil's schemes, if you fall get up again, do not listen to the enemy who tells you that you are nothing that you are not worth If you only saw yourself in the eyes of the One who Created all things, if you only knew your value, you were a very expensive price to pay and that was on the cross, the most terrible death that the Son of God paid and that he did not He deserved it but he did it for you. We were going to have eternal death, we would cease to exist because of the law that God established, and demanded that the wages of sin bring death. But Christ became sin to pay your high price. Don't reject it, reject the voice of the enemy that is in your head. And in the name of Jesus I pray that this comment reaches your heart and suppresses the devil if he prevents it from reaching everyone. Amen


I only wish that you do not perish, but that you can proceed to repentance. -Jesus

If you have come this far, accept this message, apply it in your life and get baptized, ask God where to be baptized in water, so that you may receive the fire of the spirit of God and keep his commandments in Exodus 20, study the life of Jesus in his gospels and now Baptized you will be written in the book of life, you already belong to Christ and he will help you when you are in trouble, in temptation, or in war against the devil, Christ will give you strength. This life on earth requires many sacrifices. But heaven is much more exciting than you think, it is more valuable than all the riches of this world or the happiness it offers. You will not regret it, just set your eyes on that great moment where you are with God. And why not, you will be joyful here where you are, God also has promises and plans for you on this earth, just give him your soul and your being, please

Blessings



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@annastesia4547

We’re all gonna cry.

@Bfakz

Beautiful number of likes

@scamingnewt3016

@@Bfakz lemme guess, it was at 666

@Bfakz

@@scamingnewt3016 yep

@pau1057

Yes we are

@stayrospaparunas3062

I count it again n it is 667...$orr¥

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@ewanoxborrow1024

“I’m sorry I left, but it was for the best, though it never felt right”

I’m sobbing

@thedogsquad2451

me too

@Joarch24

I’m sad because it will always feel right to me

@sofiehansen1382

My little versailles

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