July 4 — FOURTH OF JULY, Robert Earl Keen (1997)

image.jpegDave Alvin wrote this song and took it with him when he joined X in 1987. Robert Earl Keen recorded it a decade later, his Texas twang and mournful tone a better fit for the song than that of a punk band. “On the stairs I smoke a cigarette alone / Mexican kids are shooting fireworks below.” Perfect for this place on this day. Happy Fourth from Santa Fe.


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