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SONG LYRICS AND POETRY
"One"

Cheryl Sawyer

   
 MESSAGE BOARD

Following the attacks on September 11, many people have looked to art, in all its forms, for consolation.
Did any piece of art help comfort you following the attacks?

 VISUAL ARTS


Jean Holabird of Cambridge painted "10-3 - Murrary and Greenwich, 3 p.m.," a watercolor scene from Ground Zero. Many artists responded visually to the September 11 attacks. See artwork

 LYRICS AND POETRY

Read the song lyrics and poetry that helped many cope with the grief they felt after September 11:
'Across the Universe', Lennon/McCartney
'America the Beautiful', Katherine Lee Bates
'American Tune', Paul Simon
'Change the Day', Alex MacDougall
'Colors of the Wind', Vanessa Williams
'Leap', Brian Doyle
'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', The Hollies
'Jesus, etc.', Wilco
'Love and Mercy', Brian Wilson
'Lucky', Radiohead
'Memorial for A City', W. H. Auden
'Musee Des Beaux Arts', W. H. Auden
'One', Cheryl Sawyer
Chorus from 'The Other Side', Joie Scott and Richard Wold
'The Other Side', Don Conoscenti
'Overcome', Live
'The Peace of Wild Things', Wendell Berry
'Rhymes and Reasons', John Denver
'Rockin' in the Free World', Neil Young
'September 1, 1939', W.H. Auden
'Show the Way', David Wilcox
'Song in a Year of Catastrophe', Wendell Berry
'The Summer Day', Mary Oliver
'Superman', Five for Fighting
'There You'll Be', Diane Warren
'Through Your Hands', John Hiatt
'Trouble of the World', Mahalia Jackson
'Try to Praise the Mutilated World', Adam Zagajewski
'Victory in Defeat', Edwin Markham

As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,
       we became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs
       of the burning building,
              we became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hope,
       we became one generation.

As the firefighters and police officers
       fought their way into the inferno
              we became one gender.
As we fell to our knees
       in prayer for strength,
              we became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement,
       we spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,
       we became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss
       we became one family.

As we cried tears of grief and loss,
       we became one soul.
As we retell with pride
       of the sacrifice of the heroes
              we become one people.

We are
       One color
              One class
              One generation
       One gender
              One faith
              One language
       One body
              One family
              One soul
One people.

Submitted by Kathryn Erat, Cambridge



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