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September 11th Commemoration Songs

GUEST,stoulmin1@aol.com 08 Sep 02 - 11:53 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: SEPTEMBER MORNING (Llewellyn M. Toulmin)
From: GUEST,stoulmin1@aol.com
Date: 08 Sep 02 - 11:53 PM

I can't find any songs commemorating Sept 11 on the Mudcat song database, nor have I seen a compilation. Yet I know that many have been written, because I wrote a song a few days after the event (see below) and because I have read about some, and heard another one the other night at the Folklore Society of Greater Washington sing. Please post other songs to this thread. Thanks.

Here is my effort, dedicated to a colleague I used to work with, who was killed at the Pentagon attack:

SEPTEMBER MORNING
(Sung to the tune of "The Good Reuben James")
By Llewellyn M. Toulmin
Written September 14, 2001
Dedicated to my colleague "Jeep" Fisher, who died at the Pentagon

'Twas a clear September morning in New York and DC
The innocent were working, for you and for me
Then a wing and a flash, and cruel explosions roar
That hit those mighty buildings, and crushed every floor. CHORUS:

Tell me, what were their names? Tell me, what were their names?
Did you have a friend, on the ground or the planes?
Tell me, what were their names? Tell me, what were their names?
Did you have a friend, on the ground or the planes?

Passengers fought back, even though they knew they'd die
Some of them did struggle; "Let's roll" was their cry
They charged for that cockpit, and stopped short that plane
They saved the nation's Capitol, their loss is our gain. CHORUS

Day turned into night for our sailors and marines
The Pentagon was burning, it was a hellish scene
They draped a giant flag, when night turned into day
Marking the tomb where our gallant soldiers lay. CHORUS

The firemen responded, as heroes always do
Climbing ever upward, for me and for you
They climbed up twin towers, until they could no more
Instead of hell's fire, they found heaven's door. CHORUS

We'll fly our flag on high; we'll fight 'til we're free
Of this tyranny of terror, that's come from 'cross the sea
We'll fly the Stars and Stripes of the land of the brave
And we will get justice, for every single grave. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: Bert
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 12:02 AM

I guess this might qualify.


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 12:05 AM

If you do a search on InOBU's postings, you will find several which he wrote, recorded, and has had performed by others.

Your song is very poignant, thanks for sharing it.

You bet it does, Bert!


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: mg
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 01:00 AM

I think I posted mine but here it is again...it is a list of clichés obviously...the tune is similar to WHERE AM I TO GO JOHNNIES...

Love is in the air, dear people.
Love is in the air.
I can feel it everywhere, dear people,
Feel it everywhere.

Hope is on the rise, dear people.
Hope is on the rise.
I see it in your eyes, dear people,
See it in your eyes.

Faith will pull us through, dear people.
Faith will pull us through.
There's so much left to do, dear people,
So much left to do.

Things are on the mend, dear people.
Things are on the mend.
I hear it in the wind, dear people,
Hear it in the wind.

Spring will come again, dear people.
Spring will come again.
It's as it's ever been, dear people,
As it's ever been.


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: Bert
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 01:24 AM

Very nice Mary. It leaves us feeling in peace.


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: Amos
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 02:45 AM

From Declan McCullagh's list:


From: "Moore, James" To: "'politech@politechbot.com'" Subject: An anti-war, peace anthem for September 11 Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2002 23:13:59 -0400

Turned off by the "let's roll" spirit of the September 11 commemorations, my wife and her friends went into the studio and recorded an alternative anthem, a peace anthem.

Here it is on mp3.com, for your pleasure:

http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/462/joanne_cipolla_moore.html

Song: steven sleeps --

Sung by joanne cipolla moore, instrumentation by mark doyle

Credits: lyrics by joanne cipolla moore, music by joanne cipolla moore and mark doyle, fishweasel music (ascap), near miss music (ascap)

Be well, Jim Moore

jmoore@cyber.law.harvard.edu jim@geopartners.com


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Subject: Lyr Add: ENGINE 33 and SCALES OF REVENGE
From: InOBU
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 03:59 AM

Thanks Kat... Here are the words, in case folks have trouble finding them, for this week... I'm singing them on Tuesday night, see the thread about to be posted, "a new definition of folk" (you'll see, not really a troll, more of a rant, sort of...) well here they are, Peace.
Larry

Engine 33 (Tune Bold Robert Emmett)
Words Lorcan Otway
All rights reserved...

Flashing lights and no sirens, all emergencies over
The motorcade passes, with the heroes who fell
And all on the streets stop, and in silence bear witness
Such sorrow and thanks, no mere words can tell

Who ever can forget the gray ash covered engines
coming back from the alarm like no other before
Such pain for survivors, to embrace all the families
Of comrades so loved, now on that distant shore

Chief Downey, Father Mike, First Deputy Feehan
Peter Ganci and many too many to tell
Your memories we'll honor we ne'er will forget you
You brought hope to the horror when the two towers fell.

Remember Tim Stackpole, how he prayed in the wreckage
In that terrible fire that took two of his friends
So horribly injured he fought to recover
To return to his ladder and to die with his men

So now to acknowledge, just one of the many
Engine 33 ladder company 9
There's 10 empty places around their table
10 fallen brothers who fell on the line

Remember Kevin Pfiefer, Mike Boyle and Keith Maynard
Jeff Walz, Brian Bilcher, Robert King Dave Arce
Gerarde Baptiste, Robert Evans, John Tierney,
10 lost out of 40 from one company

And though we mourn them, they're still on the job now
Though they have fallen, they're still standing tall
Their spirit will bolster their sisters and brothers
Their unseen presence will answer each call

So tell all your children to tell all their children
never pass a firehouse without a brief pause
And thank all the heroes who work on those engines
Each day they risk all in humanity's cause

SCALES OF REVENGE

Words Lorcan Otway, Tune Traditional, Willy Of Windsbury from the singing of the great Anne Briggs. (all rights reserved)

Oh America's fired a cruse missile, and it's killed my brother's son
Now I must put my hopes aside and learn the way of the gun
Oh why and how can they do such things, why bring such grief to me
Now I will go and seek revenge for my faith and my dignity

Oh some men from Saudi Arabia, have killed my old school friend
He was never a part of any war, why bring him this awful end?
Oh why and how can they do such things, why bring this grief to me,
Now I will go and seek revenge for my friend and for my country

Oh the helicopters came last night, and we fled into the dark
But American bullets flew from above, killing my wife, my love,
Oh why and how can they do these things, why bring this grief to me,
As generations of Afghans before, I'll defend this poor country

My son, my son, he will never return, in a foreign war he lies slain
He was fighting for his home and hearth, on some barren Afghani plain
Oh why and how can they do these things, why bring such grief to me
Send troops send troops, to far Iraq, to stop this insanity

And here I sit and I watch the world, as blood is shed for blood
And I can only wonder why and how can we stem this flood
Oh why oh how can they do such things, on justice's bloody path,
And who will be left to say in the end, we've balanced the scales at last

Don't stop, don't stop for our martyred dead, or one inch of blood soaked soil,
But stop oh stop for the love of your child, in fields of hope now toil
Oh how oh why can't we begin, by putting grief behind
We can not ever pay for the dead, by paying another in kind.


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: Pseudolus
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 12:55 PM

Alan Jackson wrote "where were you when the World Stopped Turning". Sang it at church this week.......it's a beautiful song.

Frank


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: VALLEY OF THE TOWERING SHADOWS
From: Genie
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 07:28 PM

I began writing this song shortly after the 9-11-01 attacks and have modified both the tune and the lyrics a great deal since I posted the earliest versions of the song.
Some earlier versions are posted here Help: 9-11 and here Valley of The Shadow.

These are the current lyrics and chords.  I have also put in measure markings (which I had not posted earlier) to help give a feel for the rhythm of the words.

I have an MP3 of the song, but since I stupidly sang the song 3 consecutive times (trying out different keys) on the same MP3, the file is 15 MB, so I haven't been able to send it to anyone.  (I don't know how to cut out a portion of an MP3 and "paste" it into or transfer to another MP3.)  But I did make sheet music for the song using Finale NotePad (which can be downloaded free ---for Mac or Windows -- from Coda Music Technologies).  I can send that via email to anyone upon request.  I will post a MIDI as soon as I figure out how to do that.

Genie

VALLEY OF THE TOWERING SHADOWS
words and music by Jeanene Pratt ©2001, 2002; All rights reserved.
(sheet music available upon request via email -- geniesings@yahoo.com)

(2/4 time - moderate pace)

G             F            C                         D
On our / journey / to the promised / land, /
G                          Em          C            D
Ambushed by an / unseen / outlaw / band, /
Em                                            Am
Most of us sur- / vived, but so / many fell that / day,
             D            D7           C           D            G
Many / sisters, / brothers / perished in the / fray. /

         F          C                F                  G
In / shock, / anguish, /  terror and / dread, /
G           Em                         C                         D
Vision / blurred -- couldnÕt / see the road a- / head--,
         Em                                       Am                                       D
We / knew it was a / crossroads; / nothing more was / clear. /
                              D                          C          D            G
CouldnÕt find our / way through the/ smoke / and our / tears. /       /

                        G                      F                 G
Through The /Valley Of the / Towering / Shadows, /
                    G#                      G                    D            D7
Could we / move ahead in /  spite of our / fears? /
                  Em                                                    Am
Could we / feel beyond the / hate?  Could we / see our way / clear?
                    D                           D7                      C      D7                 G
Could we / reach beyond our / rage,  / See the way through our / tears? /

(repeat melody of last line of chorus instrumentally)

                    G               F             C                           D
WeÕd been / living in a / garden, / rich beyond com- / pare. /
                    G                   Em                         C                        D7
Some had / called it the / promised land and / wanted to stay / there. /
                 Em                                                    Am
But there / is no promised / land when there is / want outside the / wall
                 D              D7               C            D              G
And the / dream is / "liberty and / just-i- / ice*    for / all,Ó  /   /   /

                        G                              F                     G
So we said, / ÒEven through the / Valley Of the / Shadow,
             G#             G                        D7
WeÕll / move a- / head in spite of / fear--   /       /
Em                             Am
Dust in our / eyes, / eyes on the / prize--
            D                                C         D7                 G
The / promised land worth / all our toil and / tears.Ó /      /    /

                   F                 C               F                      G                     G
Then the /  skyline on / fire, the / smoke and the / screams! /      /
                  Em                C                              D7
Buildings / crumbling / with our hearts and / dreams!/       /
           Em                                    Am
Now / some of us are / cowering, /    frozen in our / tracks.   /
   D                                      D7               C            D                G
Many cry for / vengeance!  /      Some /  say we /  must turn / back. /         /
 

                        G                      F                 G
Through The /Valley Of The / Towering / Shadows, /
                  G#                      G                       D7
Can we / move ahead in /  spite of all our / fears? /
                Em                                                Am
Can we / feel beyond the / hate?  Can we / see our way / clear, /
    D                           D7                      C      D7                 G
Reach beyond our / rage,  / See the way / through our / tears? /

(Repeat melody  of last two lines of chorus instrumentally.)

G                                   F            C                   D
Now, once more we're / moving, / anger justi- / fied,
          G                Em         C             D7
As- / sured that / God is /  on our /  side, /
          Em                                           Am                                    D
But / have we got our / bearings e- / nough to compre- / hend /
                              D7           C         D                  G
Just where we're / going, / where / it all might / end?  /

               G                         F                       G
Is the / garden now the / Valley Of The / Shadow? /
                G#                 G                  D7
Will to- / morrow be / hostage to / fear? /
                Em                                          Am
Are we / guided more by / hate or by / all we hold so / dear?*
                 D                     D7                   C          D7                 G
Can we / channel this / rage, see the / way / through our / tears? /

             G                           F                         G
Yes,  / even through The /Valley Of The /  Shadow, /
              G#                      G               D7
We'll / move a- / head in  spite of / fears. /         /
  Em                            Am
Tears in our / eyes, /  Eyes on the / prize, /
            D                              C          D7          G
The / promised land, the /  hope of all the /years.
  Em                            Am
Tears in our / eyes, /  Eyes on the / prize, /      /
            D                              C             D7          G
The / promised land, / the hope /  of all the / years. /      /       /

-------------
 

* With each measure getting 2 beats, the word "justice" uses 3 beats and the word "for" uses one.
**Alternate lyrics:
       ¥Verse four: "Then our world crashed down, as from a great earthquake, Would our faith
       now shatter like the buildings in its wake."
       ¥Next to last chorus: "Are we greater than this hate?  Will the dream again be clear?
 
 

Genie

(Unless I post a correction , please assume that the post survived the transmission with the chords staying where they belong.)


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: Genie
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 07:48 PM

Great lyrics, Llewellyn.

Mary, your song is so uplifting -- I hope you will sing it for us at Sunnycamp.

And, InObu, that first one is a wonderful tribute song and the second one really puts things in perspective.

I'll try to post clickies to link to the previous threads where folks have posted songs relating to 9-11-01.

Also, in case you haven't heard it yet, Tom Paxton's tribute to the NYC firefighters -- "The Bravest" -- is posted as an MP3 on his website. (The lyrics and chords are posted in the Mudcat forum as well.)


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 08:24 PM

Lou Toulmin sang this song at our local (Wash DC area) open sing last Friday evening (and sang it well and movingly(...I asked him if he would send it to me, and/or post it here.(he had used Mudcat only to get a few lyrics before) I am glad to see it, and am taking the liberty of adding line breaks.....

SEPTEMBER MORNING

(Sung to the tune of "The Good Reuben James") by Llewellyn M. Toulmin

Written September 14, 2001

Dedicated to my colleague "Jeep" Fisher, who died at the Pentagon

'Twas a clear September morning in New York and DC
The innocent were working, for you and for me
Then a wing and a flash, and cruel explosions roar
That hit those mighty buildings,
And crushed every floor.

chorus:

Tell me, what were their names? Tell me, what were their names?
Did you have a friend, on the ground or the planes?(x2)

Passengers fought back, even though they knew they'd die
Some of them did struggle, "Let's roll" was their cry
They charged for that cockpit, and stopped short that plane
They saved the nation's Capitol, their loss is our gain.

Chorus

Day turned into night for our sailors and marines
The Pentagon was burning, it was a hellish scene
They draped a giant flag, when night turned into day
Marking the tomb where our gallant soldiers lay.

Chorus

The firemen responded, as heroes always do
Climbing ever upward, for me and for you
They climbed up twin towers, until they could no more
Instead of hell's fire, they found heaven's door.

Chorus

We'll fly our flag on high, we'll fight 'til we're free
Of this tyranny of terror, that's come from 'cross the sea
We'll fly the Stars and Stripes of the land of the brave
And we will get justice, for every single grave.


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: GUEST,stoulmin!@aol.com
Date: 11 Sep 02 - 12:36 AM

Bill,

Thanks for adding the line breaks! I haven't quite got the hang of this yet (see my unbroken postings with a new "Pirates of Penzance" in the Pirate Songs Needed area, and revised "Over the Hills and Far Away" in that area). Soooo, how DO you do line breaks? When I "submit message" it looks fine, but then in the final msg it isn't!

Cheers.

Lew Toulmin


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: Genie
Date: 11 Sep 02 - 01:25 AM

Lew,
If you type "BR" or "br"-- with the pointy brackets around those letters -- after a line, it creates a "line break."

Genie


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: The Shambles
Date: 11 Sep 02 - 02:38 AM

Hiders In Holes


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Subject: RE: September 11th Commemoration Songs
From: The Shambles
Date: 11 Sep 02 - 02:41 AM

Links to all Mudcat 9/11 Threads


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