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September 11, 2001. I sat in front of the TV all day, and all night, I think, trying to make sense of it. Trying to find words. Then I heard music, and the words came. Over the following weeks, so many people came together to help record and share this song. I remain so grateful to all of them.

"Call To Honor"

9/11 tribute song written one day afterwards, and featured on the one-year anniversary on Fox KTVU San Francisco.

Music by Roth Herrlinger; words by Roth Herrlinger and Devin Grace.

Performed by Austin Keith Willacy, Andrew Chaikin, Morrea Dickason, Roth Herrlinger, Matt Boudreau, and Greg Manuel.

For additional inspirational poetry from Devin Grace, please visit her website at http://devingrace.com/Poetry.asp

 

Lyrics:

Yesterday I learned
How a day can change a nation
How the earth stops its rotation
When the hatred reaches home.

And I stared in disbelief
As events unwound before me
Like the scenes from some odd movie
Where destruction’s reaped and sown.

Now, I’ve heard of candles in the wind
But this was like a hurricane
And every human felt the pain
Of heroes loved and lost.

And God, if there are angels,
Well, that day they worked overtime
And no amount of what they find
Will ever count the cost.

So I’ll grieve, and I’ll pray,
‘Cause that’s the most important thing to do today.
And tomorrow I will start
To heal my broken heart.

And now I feel the hatred, too,
Wild screams for retribution!
But if death is my solution,
Then whose voice is that I hear?

And everyone I talk to
Says he has the answer
But how’d she get the answer
If the question’s still unclear?

Some say to love my brother
While others say to seek revenge.
But whispers of our fallen friends
Echo songs of deeper peace.

And justice will prevail
When the world has lost its horror,
And all lives will stand in honor
Of the fighting that has ceased.

So we’ll grieve, and we’ll pray.
‘Cause that’s the most important thing to do today.
And tomorrow we’ll begin
To build our world again.

So we’ll grieve, and we’ll pray.
‘Cause that’s the most important thing to do today.
And tomorrow we’ll begin
To build our world again.

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