Saturday, September 11, 2010

"Where Were You ?"

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
{song lyrics by Alan Jackson}
Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day ?


  1. Oh my friend...this is an amazing post...I remember that day sooooo well.

    What a powerful song....

    Have a great new week...hope all is well at school. I am off for a bit but will visit when I return.

    I will remember your words today. xoxoxo

  2. I sure said yes to a lot of the questions in the song.

    I was working at the high school. Numb!

  3. I feel soooo sorry for you, your nation, your brothers and sisters, Dear Susan!! Feel sorry for the children and wives and husbands who lost somebody really important!!
    I was teaching English to my small students and felt so embarassed while lots of questions came out asking me WHY a soul of God would do that...
    Be proud, dear Susan, love and faith God will give you, americans, ever!!!
    Tight hugs!! Bela.

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  5. Today, on 9-11, I am glued to the TV watching Fox News and remembering. I think it is so important to revisit the horror of that day so that we always remember.

  6. Hello precious friend and colleague, I was in my first year of my K-12 licensure program. I was walking into class at the University with my husband who teaches there, and the provost met us at the door to tell us that something tragic had happened..from that moment on, it was surreal. I will never forget seeing a dear man, dressed in a suit, jumping from the top of the towers....I can't go any further than that......oh dear Lord Jesus, come soon...