one of her babies is rotting in the sun
and the other one was found drowned in the ocean
her mom and dad are in their van, crushed and bloated
and her husband was thrown from his fishing boat
so please give me a break from all your complaining
about who was mean to you, how your stepdad is a pain
- i care, i swear, but i just can't take it, not today
all i can think about are tsunamis and earthquakes

everything she's ever known is gone, gone, gone
everyone she's ever loved is gone, gone, gone
the only reason she's alive is
she grabbed a palm frond and held on
and held on

you can call me crazy but it seems to me we could
have sent more than we spend in one day killing Iraqis
to help the hundreds of thousands
who are injured and diseased
and hungry and homeless and without families
I'm appalled by our government's initial reaction
and the fact that they asked for a verbal retraction
from the folks who called them stingy
they're just covering their assets
while they thank their greedy god for wiping out the lower class

[refrain]

one of her babies is rotting in the sun
and the other one was found drowned in the ocean
her mom and dad are in their van, they are crushed and bloated
and her husband was thrown from his fishing boat
we'd have 12/26 tattooed across our foreheads
if something this atrocious happened on our coast instead
well, a tragedy's a tragedy no matter where it happens
close your eyes really tight now and try to imagine
that everything you've ever known is gone
and everyone you've ever loved is gone
and the only reason you're alive is you were lucky
and you were strong enough to hold on
while you watched your family die
while you watched your family die
while you watched your family die
while you watched your family die

[refrain]


Lyrics submitted by delial, edited by glasserpt

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  • +1
    General CommentFrom the credits of Remember That I Love You:
    "Me and M.J. talked a lot about feeling helpless after the tsunami and decided to write a song about how we felt."

    M.J. Geier is the older sister of Hallie Geier, whose charity was started after she was killed by an SUV. Kimya is a pretty big supporter & the link to the charity is lovehallie.org
    Ide(a) Of Marchon May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the tsunami of -04 if you haven't figured that out already lots of people died etc...
    k0rkadon October 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me tear up. when she asks you to think about being in that lady's place. I imagine it. " while you watch your family die"
    smashing_meon February 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is extremely powerful. favorite line is "a tragedy's a tragedy to matter where it happens" she just loves to point out the corruption is America.
    wildone8822on June 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the only song I can think of that makes me cry
    andyh3930on October 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit did happened in US Coast...the katrina...
    gembelkuasaon February 05, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Commentsuch a powerful song :( it's true, if it did happen on our coast, we'd make SUCH a bigger deal about it.
    mandapopon January 30, 2007   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionI liked this song until I paid attention to the meaning, now it just annoys me. I am politically liberal but it isn't the U.S.'s job to take care of the world. I understand the war is stupid but we're in and we can't just drop it because there was a tsunami halfway across the world.

    Think of countries as a family. You are doing well financially but you aren't filthy rich, You have a vacation planned it's not important just fun but someone in another neighborhood finds out they're dying from cancer. Are you about to cancel your vacation to pay for their treatment? Maybe if it was someone in your family but not for strangers miles away.

    Our government needs to help americans but doesn't have to help everyone in the world.
    Jankaon January 20, 2013   Link

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