Alan Jackson wrote and sang what has become an anthem for 9/11 right after the tragic day in 2001 with “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?”
The song, which he first performed on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, was simply Alan’s response to that tragic day.
The song says in part, “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 difference 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.”
Alan told Yahoo News years after he wrote the song, “Typically, when we kick that song off and the crowd realizes what it is, people hold up their lighters and things. And I’ve seen people crying in the crowds, and they cheer on lines that mean something, like the line about the heroes just doing what they do — they really like that. I don’t know. There’s a lot of emotion going on in the room during that song, and it always makes me feel good that it has affected people that way.”