Skip to comments.Tom Paxton 9/11 folk song: The Bravest
Posted on 09/10/2006 2:56:28 PM PDT by raccoonradio
"As I sat and watched the horror unfold on 9/11, I could smell the acrid smoke drifting south from the Pentagon. There was a never ending line of cars heading away from Washington. With the rest of the world I watched the towers come down and among the victims were 343 New York firemen. I'll never be able to look at a fireman or woman again without knowing that he or she would lay down their lives for me without ever knowing my name. We can never thank them enough."
The first plane hit the other tower Right after I came in It left a fiery, gaping hole Where offices had been We stood and watched in horror As we saw the first ones fall Then someone yelled, "Get out! Get out! They're trying to kill us all"
I grabbed the pictures from my desk And joined the flight for life With every step I called the names Of my children and my wife And then we heard them coming up From several floors below - A crowd of fire fighters With their heavy gear in tow
Chorus: Now every time I try to sleep I'm haunted by the sound Of firemen pounding up the stairs While we were running down
And when we met them on the stairs They said we were too slow "Get out! Get out!" they yelled at us "The whole thing's going to go" They didn't have to tell us twice We'd seen the world on fire We kept on running down the stairs While they kept climbing higher
Thank God we made it to the street We ran through ash and smoke I did not know which way to run - I thought that I would choke A fireman took me by the arm And pointed me uptown Then, "Christ!" I heard him whisper As the tower came roaring down
So now I go to funerals For men I never knew The pipers play "Amazing Grace" As the coffins come in view They must have seen it coming When they turned to face the fire They sent us down to safety Then they kept on climbing higher.
Nice song. Talented man, Mr. Paxton. Has he written any anti-WOT songs yet?
I don't know, but I think he did some lefty-ish political songs in the 60s: Lyndon Johnson Told the Nations; What Did You Learn in School Today, Talking Vietnam Potluck Blues, etc. He also did The Last Thing on My Mind, Ramblin' Boy, and Wasn't That A Party...on his site it looks like he did a song poking fun at Ashcroft's shock at a nude statue...Oh and I think he wrote "Bottle of Wine" (fruit of the vine/When you gonna let me get sober. There's a song for Ted K)
Maybe I was wrong...or maybe he's come to his senses.If David Horowitz cab see the light,I suppose that anyone *could*.
Oh, I remember Mr. Paxton well from the mid-late 60's. That's why I asked the question I did.
Remember, Neil Young wrote "Let's Roll" immediately after 9/11/01. Seen any of his work lately?
There's only one David Horowitz!
Even a pinko leftie can write a great song.
One of my favorites back in the day...Thanks for posting this Raccoon.
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