Alan Jackson’s startlingly effective video tribute to the victims of The World Trade Center Tragedy

The year the World Trade Center was bombed in New York, Alan Jackson won the Country Music Award for his song about the tragedy.

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Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?

Before going to the entire lyrics, I was particularly struck by this small but startlingly effective selection:

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

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These are the lyrics to the entire song:

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.?
 
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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?
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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 doin’ what they do?
 
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
 
And look at yourself and what really matters?
 
[Chorus:]
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
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Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you 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
Or go out and buy you a gun?
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Did you turn off that violent old movie you’re watchin’
And turn on “I Love Lucy” reruns?
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Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Did you 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?
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[Chorus x2]
And the greatest is love.
And the greatest is love.
Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
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This intensely country music perspective on the Twin Tower Tragedy demonstrates the breadth of the Tragedy for the U.S as a whole. This is a tragedy equivalent in significance to the United States when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor convinced Congress formally to declare war and have the United States enter World War II as a critically important Ally.

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Alan Jackson’s song demonstrates the breadth and death of the great grief throughout the United States.

Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning Graphic video

Warning:

When you click on the arrow of this video you will be presented with startlingly vivid  detailed images of Ground Zero.

You will see the planes crashing into the Twin Towers. You will see the injured and dead. You will cry.

Be prepared.

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If you are not a fan of country music, this video is worth watching in mute just for the graphic portrayal of the Tragedy.

I was reminded of this Alan Jackson song when I became interested in the rebuilding at  Ground Zero.

Now after years and years of bitter debate about rebuilding, Ground Zero construction is taking place.

The Master Planner for this massive architecture, engineering, and construction effort  is the architect Daniel Libeskind who is both a U.S. and Israeli citizen.

Wikipedia notes:

“Libeskind is perhaps most famous for being selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to oversee the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He titled his concept for the site Memory Foundations.

I will will be publishing detailed accounts about Libeskind’s progress in rebuilding at Ground Zero at www.e-architect.co.uk

You might like to see the biographical information on who I am and the articles and videos I have published on the e-architect site. The site receives nearly a million hits a day. http://www.e-architect.co.uk/editors/joel-solkoff

— Joel Solkoff

Copyright 2013 by Joel Solkoff. All rights reserved.

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