WE THE LIVING

September 11, 2001 holds ugly memories for us.  Songs were written about that day, keeping with the old tradition of commemorating important events in song and verse.

This song celebrates the survivors, not the dead. Drink up to their memory, it says, and go on about your life.

WE THE LIVING © 2014 Kenneth Harper Finton

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On a clear September morning, it happened without warning:
 G                            F#m            Em              A
two flights left from Boston to Los Angeles on time,
      D              Bm              Em                F#m
It was so unexpected; both planes were redirected.
         G                   F#m        Bm       G                    F#m      Bm
The skyjackers had  gained control; death was their unspoken goal.
G                      F#m    Bm         G                      Bm / / / Bm / / /
The passengers would never know …  never would know why.
        G                D                    F#m             G
So here’s to the living, for the dead will never know.
Em                D             E                      A
We, we the living, are left to choose the road.
         G                 D                 F#m                 G
And here’s to the safety  of the world they left behind …
         Em                 D                A                    D       Bm  / / / Bm / / /
and here’s to the making of a better world in time.
       D                 Bm              Em                     F#m
In that most fatal hour, both planes hit the twin towers,
           G                   F#m            Em                  A
Where fifty thousand people went about their daily lives.
D                              Bm            Em                      F#m
All who watched were humbled as both great towers crumbled,
   G                           F#m    Bm            G                     F#m     Bm
Smoke and dust filled up the sky, as thousands of good people died.
G                      F#m     Bm             G                Bm /  /  / BM /  /  /
All that’s left for you and I …  is uncertainty and woe.
        G                D                 F#m                 G
So here’s to the living, for the dead will never know.
Em                D             E                       A
We, we the living, are left to choose the road.
         G                   D                     F#m           G
And here’s to the safety  of the world they left behind …
         Em                 D                A                 D
and here’s to the making of a better world in time.

 

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