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Martina McBride Talks Domestic Violence And How 'Independence Day' Changed Lives

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Martina McBride has recorded many songs over the course of her career, but none have touched her as much as her 1994 single, "Independence Day." 

Released as the third single off of McBride's album Just As I Am, "Independence Day" went on to claim the 12th spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

The song tells a story through the eyes of a little girl whose mother is a victim of domestic abuse. Even though the woman's neighbors know what is happening, they do nothing to stop it. So the woman takes things into her own hands, setting fire to the house, and finally gaining her "Independence Day," when her abuser dies in the fire.

But even with its powerful message, the song was controversial when it was first released. McBride says in an interview with Billboard that some radio stations flat out refused to play the song:

"There were a lot of stations that wouldn't play it. I can remember feeling so frustrated and so confused as to why they wouldn't play the song when it was a story I felt it was so important for so many people to hear."

The music video for the song was equally controversial, since as McBride says, she didn't try to "sugar coat" anything in it. As McBride made her rounds to different radio stations to encourage them to play her song, she said one radio programmer was worried that he would have to "explain things" to his young daughter if she saw the video.

Despite all of the controversy, there were many people who heard McBride's song on the radio, including women in the same situation as the mother in the song.

"The letters I was getting from women saying, 'This is my story, I heard this song on the radio, it gave me the courage to leave...' Really life-changing things. We all know that’s the power of music, right?" McBride says.

McBride herself was deeply touched by "Independence Day" and the reactions she got after it was released.

"I came from a very small town in Kansas where domestic violence was just not talked about," she says. "That song really brought that whole issue to life for me...that song really changed my life."

You can watch McBride's full interview about "Independence Day" in the video below. While you're at it, you can also watch the song's official music video, which even with all of the controversy, went on to win a CMA Award for Video of the Year in 1994.

It's no wonder that "Independence Day" had such a powerful effect on McBride, because it is an incredible song with an equally incredible message.

LYRICS BELOW

Well she seemed all right by dawns early light
Though she looked a little worried and weak
She tried to pretend he wasn't drinkin' again
But daddy left the proof on her cheek
And I was only eight years old that summer
And I always seemed to be in the way
So I took myself down to the fair in town
On Independence Day

Well word gets around in a small, small town
They said he was a dangerous man
But mama was proud and she stood her ground
She knew she was on the losin' end
Some folks whispered and some folks talked
But everybody looked the other way
And when time ran out there was no one about
On Independence Day

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay it's Independence Day

Well she lit up the sky that fourth of July
By the time that the firemen come
They just put out the flames, and took down some names
And sent me to the county home
Now I ain't sayin' it's right or it's wrong
But maybe it's the only way
Talk about your revolution
It's Independence Day

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay it's Independence Day
Roll the stone away
It's Independence day

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