Song Lyric Sunday

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given us a theme built around tribute songs written in memory of someone.

I don’t really know music well enough to have a list so I checked out the list here for ideas: https://www.joincake.com/blog/tribute-songs/

I chose this song because it still pulls up memories of all the loss felt after 9/11.

“Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” by Alan Jackson

Although there were several songs written after the attacks on September 11, 2001, we thought it would be appropriate to give Alan Jackson’s song a nod. The song won many accolades — probably because its underlying theme is love, not retaliation.

Alan Jackson Lyrics

“Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”

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 L.A.?

Did you stand there in shock
At the sight of that black smoke
Risin’ 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
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 doin’ 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 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 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
Or speak to 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 watchin’
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 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

And the greatest is love
And the greatest is love

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

12 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday

    1. Wow, I would have never guessed it would be new to you. You, like David, seem to have such an expansive music knowledge. I love country music. I used to be a huge Alan Jackson fan but his music is all the same, just different lyrics. Year after year it never changes.

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    1. Me too. It is so strange…We used to live near a half-way house. We never knew exactly who it was for. I was told it was for violent offenders who haven’t been convicted yet so they don’t stay in jail. Anyhow, that morning I was walking with my kids in the stroller and this woman came running up the hill screaming “They bombed the towers!” I thought it was someone who got loose from the halfway house! Sort of funny to remember how that part of the day went.

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      1. Our office was an operations centre for Europe, and our F/X guys were working 18 hour shifts, some sleeping in the office, to keep to deadlines. They didn’t miss one. Our IT guys were equally fantastic. It showed great strength of character, dedication and organisation. I can’t see that happening today though. I was just in the same building.

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    1. Alan Jackson had been a favorite of mine for a while but then I found his music to be the same for every song, just different words, or that is how it sounded. Anyhow the words in this song are so powerful. I just wish the country had stayed together as it had after that happened. It didn’t seem so divided back then.

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      1. Isn’t that the truth. I really don’t know what happened to this country. All I know, and I read this today on a post by CNN I think, that it just takes one bad person to say negative things and it becomes a contagion. I think that happened to us with recent leadership. Or maybe it’s been brewing for a while and it’s now boiled over. Whatever the cause is extremely sad and quite alarming. 🥲

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