Where were you when the world stopped turnin'
That September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or workin' 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, they 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 diff'rence 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 turnin'
That September day?
Teachin' a class full of innocent children
Or drivin' 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 for the first time in ages
And 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 to 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 diff'rence 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 diff'rence 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 turnin'
On that September day?


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    To twcfan92, get a clue buddy. Alan donates most of the profits he makes from "Where were You?" to charity. He ain't making money on that song. He don't need to. He's already made his money.

    And you think AJ is MONOTONE???? Oh my god, do you smoke something I need to know about??!! His voice is so rich. Again, as stated before, get a clue.

    As for "Where were You?" I love this song. It reminds me of my two friends who were FDNY. Especially that line in the song "And the heroes who died just doin' what they do ". Luke and Danny, RIP guys.

    skorpionon October 21, 2004   Link
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    I think this is the worst song ever made. Alan Jackson really missed the point while writing this. Not being able to tell the difrance between Iraq and Iran shows how ignorant some people are toward the world. Also, trying to turn semptember 11th into something religious is in bad taste. The lyrics are also laughable, " 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" I mean really Alan Jackson.

    momotaroon May 23, 2005   Link
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    For any of you who feel that this song is wrong, stupid, or that Alan Jackson is just capitalizing off of it.....I respect your opinions but I want you to look at the entire picture. Many people were not affected by 9/11 like others were. True it is that some were more closely connected to the tragedies than others, but that does not mean we should disrespect those people. That day in September is the only attack on America since Pearl Harbor. It is an event that should be looked upon with great respect...Respect for the lives lost, the lives saved, the people who worked to save lives that day, and the people who are working to save lives and our freedom today. To say that the attacks on 9/11 were not religiously motivated could possibly be true but it also may not be. We may never know for certain. As for Alan Jackson's song....It is a beautiful tribute to those people affected by 9/11. So many people took the tragedy in different ways. Alan is trying to put all of those different emotions into perspective. Who knows...maybe someone did lay down at night and think about tomorrow. Or maybe they went and bought a gun. Who is to say that it didn't happen. In my opinion, it is far more ignorant to put a person down for writing about emotions that another person felt on such a day than it is to to actually write the song. And it is true that Alan Jackson donates a LARGE portion of his profits to memorials and funds for people affected by 9/11. I respect the opinions of each and every one of you on here, but please have some understanding and respect for those possibly affected greater than you on September 11, 2001. Thank You.

    jta2006on July 04, 2005   Link
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    This song makes me almost cry everytime I hear it. I can remember everything I did on September 11, 2001. It still seems unreal.

    ManicGypsyon April 14, 2002   Link
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    I love this song, i think it's my favorite Alan Jackson song. The first time I heard it, it made me cry as well....

    supachikon April 27, 2002   Link
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    i love this song. the first time i heard it i cried. september 11th seems so hard to accept, but this song made me really think.....

    srobesonon May 22, 2002   Link
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    Today was the first time I heard that song and it is really beautiful. Very touching, deep and reflective. Great song.

    bandaid818on July 19, 2002   Link
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    I love this song because it states so many reactions to Sept 11th all at once... I think I did just about everything in the song except buy a gun. I love this song because it speaks of love and not vengence like other songs about Sept 11th.

    chungjikon May 06, 2003   Link
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    I hate this song. While it's great that he wanted to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11, It's sad that Alan, like Puff Daddy before him, is capatalizing on the tragedy of others. What's even sadder is that he got a lot of awards for this song! But then again, maybe I'm biased b/c I think of Alan Jackson as the Keanu Reeves of the music industry. His songs are so monotone. Snooorrr....

    twcfan92on June 07, 2003   Link
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    personally, i hate alan jackson. i hate country music.

    but that's just me.

    prodigal_sunscreenon October 21, 2004   Link

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