From a list of "10 Things You Didn't Know About the Fourth of July."
Also, a Meadhouse dialogue:
MEADE (singing): We carried you in our arms...And here I was thinking he was reading about the Katie Holmes/Tom Cruise divorce, within which there's the topic of Suri getting carried everywhere. I'd just read: "Kids as young as five can be sent to the military like Sea Org. I’m guessing she can’t bring her child-heels or get carried everywhere, which is something Katie would not approve of."
ME: Why are you singing "Tears of Rage"?
MEADE (talk singing): ... on Independence Day...
Oh what dear daughter ’neath the sunThat's what Bob asked, mysteriously. Who is this daughter who always says "no," but waits upon him hand and foot? She sounds pretty devoted. The opposite of a daughter who says "yes," but does nothing. I'm assuming the official Bob Dylan website erroneously placed the question mark inside the quotation mark.
Would treat a father so
To wait upon him hand and foot
And always tell him, “No?”
Perhaps the song really is about Independence Day, and the daughter is the United States, carried in the arms of England....