Where Were You

Album: Time The Conqueror (2008)
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  • Where Were You

    Where were you when the sky cracked open
    Waiting for shelter and barely coping
    Thinking you could ride the storm out
    Hoping you would be all right
    Where were you when they gave a warning
    Hundred-fifty mile winds by morning
    Category four making landfall in the wild gray light
    Where were you
    Where were you

    Where were you in the social order
    Lower nine or a hotel in the Quarter
    Which side of the Quarter between rich and poor?
    Where were you gonna evacuate to
    Assuming there was any way to
    Where if you didn?t own a car?
    Where were you
    Where were you

    Where were you when you understood
    However decent, however good
    However hard some people try
    They only barely make it by
    They?re born to live their entire lives
    In harm?s way

    Where were you when you heard the stranded
    The injured and the empty-handed
    Running out of food and water at the Superdome
    The newborn and the elderly
    Exposed to even more misery
    While those in charge of rescue
    Waited for the Guard to come
    And those who left the Convention Center
    Were stopped on the bridge when they tried to enter
    The safety of the Westbank and higher ground?


    And when the Guard finally did arrive
    And got to work on about day five
    Mainly they were used to keep the looting down?
    Where were you
    Where were you

    Where were you when you realized
    However strong, however wise
    However true our leaders appear to be
    They talk about prosperity
    However hard this country strives
    When property is valued more than lives
    How strong will we ever really be
    How long do we imagine we?ll be free

    We hold the truth self evident
    The photograph of the President
    From Air Force One he viewed the devastation
    Shaved face and rested eyes
    Looking down he circles twice
    On the way home from his vacation
    Where were you
    When you got the picture
    Where were you
    Where were you when the streets filled up with black water
    Where were you when defeat and destruction reigned in the Crescent
    Where were you when it blew from every direction
    Where were you when the promise was made
    To retrurn and rebuild
    To restore to its people
    The city that gave us the first American music
    The true inspiration and the freedom to use it
    Where will we find it again if we lose it
    And where will we be
    If we ever cease to love
    If we ever cease to love

    Where Were You
    Jackson Browne
    ?Time The Conqueror?, released October 2008

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