Reflecting on That Moment

As we all know, today is September 11, 2012.

11 years to the day when terrorists decided to give America a slap in the face because they didn’t like us and everything that we stood for.

And as such, we will remember the day that the Twin Towers were attacked and burned to the ground in New York and the Pentagon was attacked in Washington DC, and a plane in Pennsylvania was brought down. We will remember the day that many lives were changed because of this tragedy. We will remember.

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Well, last year, I wrote a small moment of reflection on this very day, and in case you have forgotten, here it is again: “I was among the first to graduate high school after the events of 9/11. I was 17 years old and a high school senior. Most of my classes had the TV on, which showed that terrible event. I still keep in mind the stunned look on my teachers and class mates encounters as we viewed those airplanes destroy the Twin Towers.”

And to combat that really dumb mistake that I made in bringing up the ultimate epic fail called “Battle of The Century 9/11” last year, I’m going to write a song commemorating 9/11 to the tune of Don McLean‘s “American Pie“. The song is about me playing the part of a four member group who is sitting in a diner near the Twin Towers awaiting the arrival of three others and we planned to fly out to Washington DC and beg the government to please stop the rampant discrimination against disabled people. As we all know, the Twin Towers were destroyed and I am the only member of that group to survive, witnessing the fall of the towers and losing my friends.

Alas, my fears that our cause was over were soothed by the fact that the entire nation came together and there was little to no discrimination against disabled people. But I was still unhappy because the war essentially took away the attention from the cause and people soon forgot about us.

And now for the song:

Many many years ago I could still remember how that day went / and I give everything just to go back to that day and live that day in a different way / it was the 11th of September, a day that I’ll always remember / for that was the day that tragedy stuck…and I lost someone I knew / and as the country came together, I began to fall apart / and when I thought about her two young girls / something punched me in the face…for it was the day that our country was attacked.

So I say bye bye dear American friends / I waited for you in the diner, but you never showed up / I saw a man screaming and crying / “this can’t be the day that I die!” / “this can’t be the day that I die!”

“And who are you,” said the disabled man, “to declare that I am less of a man / you should look in the mirror and know that you are no different from me. /  Whatever happened to faith in God, and since when did the world decide that / we would live our lives in the way that we should not be living / can tolerance save your souls, and can we afford / to force our way of life on each other and ignore the cries of the children?” / Well, I was a teenager out of luck / they teased me in school and my life at home sucked / and I was hoping to put an end to it all on the day that our country was attacked.

So I say bye bye dear American friends / I waited for you in the diner, but you never showed up / I saw a man screaming and crying / “this can’t be the day that I die!” / “this can’t be the day that I die!”

For the last ten years, we’ve been fighting this war to end tyranny and injustice for good / because hate should have no place in our world, that’s what the skeptic said to the harlequin / he was wearing an orange jumpsuit and he was stealing a young girl’s innocence, and / while no one was looking, the boy destroyed the actress’s life…and before you know it, the jury is out / the family was torn apart, never to rise / and if you looked deep into their eyes, you could see the pain that they can only feel / the band was playing “Notorious”, and the crowd was whipped in anger / while deception overran our country unchecked / did we forget the day that our country was attacked.

So I say bye bye dear American friends / I waited for you in the diner, but you never showed up / I saw a man screaming and crying / “this can’t be the day that I die!” / “this can’t be the day that I die!”

There was chaos everywhere from the deep south all the way to paradise / our cause was failing badly, then it crashed and burned on the ground / then the pop star tried to raise up the crowd, but they claimed her as someone she was not / and her singing was over before it could really begin / and then a boy went and skipped town while the citizens celebrated a pagan rite / a group took the fight to the streets and the Christian man was forced to the sidelines / well, the world’s gone fricking nuts with weapons to blow us all sky high / and I’m wondering, did this led to the day that our country was attacked.

So I say bye bye dear American friends / I waited for you in the diner, but you never showed up / I saw a man screaming and crying / “this can’t be the day that I die!” / “this can’t be the day that I die!”

So now we’re a lost generation with too much stuff and not enough love / while they try to rewrite marriage to the consternation of the nation / where have all the parents gone / why have we turned against our fathers? / God Himself is punishing us for buying into the world’s lies / so what is it going to take for us to return to our senses / there’s no one in the world / who cares enough to listen to me / they expect me to take my life / and end it so they can be happier / and as the flames of Hell continue to rise / I try to strain with tear-stained eyes / to gaze upon the heavenly prize, never forgetting the day that our country was attacked.

So I say bye bye dear American friends / I waited for you in the diner, but you never showed up / I saw a man screaming and crying / “this can’t be the day that I die!” / “this can’t be the day that I die!”

I met a vampire who was seeking his life / and I asked him about my chances of finding true love / but he shook his head and said to me / “it’s only a matter of time” / so I continued on my way to the diner where I was ten years before / but the place had shut down because no one went there anymore…

And in the streets of New York, many people cried as they watched the planes hit the towers and many other people get fried / and nary a word was spoken after that day / and the church bells no longer rang / and as for the trio that I admired the most / the actress, harlequin, and the skeptic / they took that last flight out to the Heavenly coast / on the day that our country was attacked.

So I say bye bye dear American friends / I waited for you in the diner, but you never showed up / I saw a man screaming and crying / “this can’t be the day that I die!” / “this can’t be the day that I die!”

And we’re saying bye bye dear American friends / because we know that we’ll never see you again / you bravely face the chaos outside, thinking / “this will be the day that I die!”

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