Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday's Song- Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)


 Yesterday my son, Mitchell, and I watched several documentaries about 9/11.  We started a couple of years ago and it's become a tradition for us, as a way to remember.  Mitchell was in preschool when it happened 9 years ago, so he doesn't really remember anything about it.  What he's learned has been from me talking about it and all the videos and DVDs we have.  In remembrance of 9/11, I am posting the lyrics for  Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) by Alan Jackson.


Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)


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

3 comments:

Buttercup said...

I was getting off the subway about to go to my work building when the second tower was hit. It was a morning like none else in my life and one I pray our country -- or any other country -- ever sees again.

Farm Chick Paula said...

I remember when that song came out- Alan Jackson summed it up perfectly for what a lot of people were feeling at that time! Thanks for sharing, Nancy!

The Rudstroms said...

It's not exactly a documentary but have you and your son seen United 93? Excellent movie done in real time about the plane that was hijacked and crashed in PA. Very intense, well done and even uses some of the real life people from the control room as actors and actresses. A must see in my opinion. My heart was pounding throughout the film even though I knew the ending. =(
--AnnMarie