Have you forgotten?

Have you forgotten? by Darryl Worley.  I was singing this to some friends the other day and they didn’t believe me that it was a real song, or that it was a #1 hit in 2003.

official video here.

It feels almost indulgent to listen to it.  So rich with the ideology that we are so surrounded by that even people in the resistance don’t often know how to respond.  Here’s the first verse and chorus…

I hear people sayin’. We Don’t need this war.
I say there’s some things worth fightin’ for.
What about our freedom, and this piece of ground?
We didn’t get to keep ’em by backin’ down.
They say we don’t realize the mess we’re gettin’ in
Before you start preachin’ let me ask you this my friend.

if I were reading this for the first time I would have naturally assumed that it was written by Zulu in South Africa or Lakotah in the North American midwest.  So fighting in Afghanistan is actually about fighting for Tennessee?  If anyone questions us about the long-term ramifications about the proposed perpetual pre-emptive war in response to 911 we should then reply with the following?

Have you forgotten, how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten, when those towers fell
We had neighbors still inside goin through a livin hell
And you say we shouldn’t worry bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

Wow.  Rest of lyrics here.  Wow.

One thought on “Have you forgotten?

  1. Wow…yeah, I’ve heard the song, since I’ll admit I like to listen to some country every once and a while. It’s so frustrating, but this is exactly the kind of patriotic stuff that so much of this country believes and they don’t know any different! Toby Keith songs are even worse for this reason!

    Some part of me likes the concept of “Have you forgotten” though, in that, we so quickly forget the awful events of 9-11 and other terrible days (i.e. the tsunami, Katrina) and it’s good to be reminded just for us to be grateful for our lives, and to spurred on to good works. But not for the reasons of war and violence! I hear ya…thanks for reminding me!

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