Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)

Album: Drive (2001)
Charted: 28
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Songfacts®:

  • Written by Jackson in the wake of the September 11 attacks, this song was released on November 26, 2001 as the lead single from his Drive album. The track topped the Billboard Country charts and peaked at #28 on the Hot 100.
  • Jackson introduced the song at the Country Music Association's annual awards show on November 7, 2001. Speaking to The Boot in 2013, Jackson said that he perceives this tune to be his biggest-ever accomplishment. "I [recently] did a radio interview, and the guy was talking about being at the [CMA] Awards the night I sang 'Where Were You,'" he explained. "Even though that was a hard performance for me and an emotional time, I still get so many comments about that. Of all the awards, and all that kind of stuff, the music is still what I like. To be able to create a song that really affects people and makes a mark in the music industry, I would have to say that would be a highlight."
  • Jackson wrote the song on his own, with the idea coming to him at 4am in the morning. He explained to The Boot that the lyrics really "came out of nowhere." "It was just a gift," he said. "I got up and scribbled it down and put the melody down so I wouldn't forget it, and the next day I started piecing all those verses together, thoughts I had or visuals I had."

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