A copy of "The Declaration of Independence" was just sold --
Over eight million dollars was paid for it,

I heard that a man named Lear and one other
Outbid everyone else on the internet,

Two hundred twenty-four years it has been
Since that proclamation was printed,

The Fourth of July has been celebrated since --
No lack of patriotism ever hinted,

Traditional fireworks will be seen that night
In Washington, D.C. -- they'll be spectacular there,

I understand that Ray Charles will be featured this year --
He'll appreciate bombs bursting in air,

It won't be very long before Parisians in France
Release pent-up emotions in their own way,

Their time always comes after ten days of waiting --
July fourteenth will be Bastille Day.

by D. Edgar Murray 07/01/2000.