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The September 11th Song
for Ellen Mariani

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ELLEN MARIANI WAS THE FIRST TO HEAR THE NEWS
DAUGHTER GINA’S GETTIN MARRIED
THEY WOULD HAVE NO TIME TO LOSE
IT’LL BE IN CALIFORNIA, WHAT A JOYOUS DAY
THE DATE IS IN SEPTEMBER
BUT CALIFORNIA’S FAR AWAY

SHE COULDN’T WAIT TO TELL NEIL, SHE KNEW HE’D BE THRILLED
HE WAS ELATED BUT HE WORRIED ABOUT THE BILLS
THEY’D NEED MONEY FOR EXPENSES, TICKETS, ROOMS AND MEALS
PRESENTS FOR THE GRANDKIDS,
YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW THAT FEELS

THEY WOULDN’T TRADE THEIR LIVES WITH ANYONE
BUT STRUGGLED WITH THE FLOW
IT MIGHT BE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR BOTH OF THEM TO GO
MAYBE THEY COULD SWING IT, THEY KNEW IT WOULD BE HARD
THEY WORKED SOME EXTRA HOURS,
AND HAD TAG SALES IN THE YARD
THEY ALREADY HAD ONE TICKET, THEY BOUGHT IT RIGHT AWAY
NOW THEY HAD THE SECOND, AND THEY’D SOON BE ON THEIR WAY
THEY WOULD SOON BE ON THEIR WAY

IT WAS STILL DARK LEAVING NEW HAMPSHIRE
BUT BY DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT,
BOSTON GLISTENED IN THE DISTANCE
THEY HAD TIME TO MAKE THEIR FLIGHTS

IT WAS A GLORIOUS MORNING, NOT A HINT OF RAIN
ELLEN AND NEIL HAD BEEN BOOKED ON DIFFERENT PLANES
THEY KISSED ONCE BY THE CURBSIDE, THEY KISSED TWICE INSIDE
THEY WEREN’T USED TO BEING SEPARATE,
FOR SUCH A LONG AND LONELY RIDE
BUT NEIL SAID TO ELLEN, I ARRIVE THREE MINUTES AFTER YOU
JUST THINK ABOUT THE WEDDING,
THERE’S NOTHING ELSE THAT WE CAN DO

THAT WAS THE LAST TIME THAT ELLEN SAW HER NEIL ALIVE
HE WAVED TO HER AS HE BOARDED UNITED FLIGHT 175
AS SHE FLEW ON TO CALIFORNIA, HIS PLANE TURNED AROUND
AND HERE IN NEW YORK CITY, WE HEARD THAT AWFUL SOUND
OH, WE HEARD THAT AWFUL SOUND


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THERE ARE QUESTIONS, THERE ARE QUESTIONS
THERE ARE QUESTIONS THAT WON’T GO AWAY
THERE WERE WARNINGS, THERE WERE WARNINGS
THERE WERE WARNINGS WELL BEFORE THAT DAY

I DON’T THINK I HAVE TO TELL YOU
HOW ELLEN FELT THAT DAY
SHE WAS SHATTERED, SHE WAS BROKEN
BUT SHE HAD TO FIND A WAY
TO KEEP GOING, THAT’S WHAT NEIL WOULD HAVE WANTED HER TO DO
THEY WENT AHEAD WITH THE WEDDING, BUT HER ANGUISH ONLY GREW

THERE ARE QUESTIONS, THERE ARE QUESTIONS
THERE ARE QUESTIONS THAT WON’T GO AWAY
THERE WERE WARNINGS, THERE WERE WARNINGS
THERE WERE WARNINGS WELL BEFORE THAT DAY

JUSTICE FOR NEIL WOULD MEAN JUSTICE FOR US ALL
THERE WAS NO JUSTICE FOR ELLEN SEEING IRAQIS FALL
NOW THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF ELLENS, AND THOUSANDS OF NEILS
THEY MIGHT HAVE IRAQI NAMES,
BUT GO ASK ELLEN HOW IT FEELS
COLLATERAL DAMAGE, TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT
CALL IT WHAT YOU WILL, DO YOU FEEL SAFER IN THE NIGHT?
DO YOU FEEL SAFER IN THE NIGHT?

THERE ARE QUESTIONS, THERE ARE QUESTIONS
THERE ARE QUESTIONS THAT WON’T GO AWAY
THERE ARE QUESTIONS, THERE ARE QUESTIONS
THERE ARE QUESTIONS THAT WON’T GO AWAY