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Friday, September 11, 2009

Where Were You?


Where Were You by Alan Jackson

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Out in the yard with your wife and children
Working on some stage in LA
Did you stand there in shock at the site of
That black smoke rising against that blue sky
Did you shout out in anger
In fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry

Did you weep for the children
Who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below

Did you burst out in pride
For the red white and blue
The heroes who died just doing what they do
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself to what really matters

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Teaching a class full of innocent children
Driving down some cold interstate
Did you feel guilty cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone
Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her
Did you dust off that bible at home
Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Speak with some stranger on the street
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watching
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns
Did you go to a church and hold hands with some stranger
Stand in line and give your own blood
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

The greatest is love
The greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day


We all know what today is and we all remember where we were when we heard the tragic news.

I was a sophomore at the University of South Florida. I was sitting in my 8am Geology class when our teacher announced that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. We all thought it was an accident. After class, we learned that there was another plane that had hit the other tower. School was canceled for the day and my friends and I sat in their apartment watching the news and crying. I will never forget.

I was in Florida, my parents were in Oregon and my grandparents were in Tennessee. I was so scared and desperately wanted to be near them. I think we all learned to love harder and deeper after that day.

My how the world has changed. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones in the tragedies. We will NEVER forget! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

2 comments:

Ashley said...

I posted the video to Where Were You on my blog. It is the perfect song for this solemn day!! We will never forget!

Heather said...

Thanks for sharing. I was getting ready to go to work at a MDO with AJ and we were in our duplex at the time. I will never forget that day and the feelings I had. Still so very mad and my heart hurts for those who lost loved ones.