Independence Day

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This song is the one the wife does not like. If you are an honest songwriter, then there will be a few songs that the wife doesn’t like. There’s no way around it; not if you’re honest. Why start lying now? No, not after ten years of crappy gigs, wack- adoo managers, cramped tours and late nights wrestling with words and music, trying to make them speak the truth. You can tell this song is speaking truth because the harmonies are in fourths.
-W. Berlind


Well I love you
And I need you
But I need an independence day

I hear you
And I believe you
I just need an independence day
I don’t want to have to talk or be polite
I want to stick to myself until I feel all right

I don’t hate you
I’m not trying to break you
I just need an independence day


Don’t let it scare you
Or say it’s not fair to
Need an independence day

You’re the only one and I can always talk to you
And I know that you need your own independence too

I’m not fading away
I was just made this way
I need an independence day

There are things that you can only see when you’re alone
That’s why we need an independence day
We sure could use an independence day


from Yellow Brick Man, released November 11, 2011
Colin McGrath- vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bouzouki, banjo
William Berlind- piano
Ian Riggs- bass
Robert DiPietro- drums



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Colin McGrath Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn based songwriter Colin McGrath mines the crossroads of American music from the Appalachian Mountains to Tin Pan Alley. A storyteller with a tendency for the theatrical, McGrath inhabits his characters with his rugged, earthy voice and nuanced guitar playing. McGrath won first place in The Wildflower! Songwriting Competition, and The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival Competition. ... more

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