Friday, September 11, 2009

The World Stopped Turning


Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning?)
-- Alan Jackson

Where were you when the world stopped turning, on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children?

Or working on some stage in LA?

Did you stand there in shock at the sight 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 with pride

For the red white and blue

And the heroes who died just doing what they do?

Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer

And look at yourself and 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 G-d

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 on that September day?

Teaching a class full of innocent children?

Or 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 loved her?

Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, 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 home movie you're watching

And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers?

Stand in line and give your own blood?

Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family?

Thank G-d 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 G-d

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 G-d

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


And the greatest is Love

And the greatest is Love


Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?


Lyrics from Lyricsmode.com


3 comments:

kaye said...

thanks for stopping by and sharing your story, I hope time is helping with the healing.

MissKris said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Andrea. Project 2996 is one I'd never heard of until this year and I felt very honored and humbled to take part in such a wonderful way to pay tribute to the many victims of 9/11. No matter where we lived in America on that day, it had such a tremendous impact on us all. I hope you'll stop by again! What a darling daughter you have.

Cascia said...

I love that song. Can you believe that he wrote it in one night. That is truly amazing. Have a wonderful day.

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