11 Inspiring 9/11 Anthems From Ryan Adams, Neil Young & Others

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Ryan Adams performs on Sept. 14, 2014.

On this 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, we look back at the songs that have given us strength, comfort and some measure of peace since. Dozens of artists have attempted to tell the story of that horrible day, putting the pain, fear, anger and yes, hope of renewal into songs that continue to inspire us.

Here are 11 9/11 tracks worth checking out today:

Ryan Adams, "My Blue Manhattan"

Key lyrics: "Fire and rain on the street/ It's you against me most days/ It's me against you, fell/ Ah, the snow's comin' down/ On the cars in midtown"

Neil Young, "Let's Roll"

Key lyrics: "Time is runnin' out/ Let's roll/ Time is runnin' out/ Let's roll/ No time for indecision/ We've got to make a move/ I hope that were forgiven/ For what we got to"

Darryl Worley, "Have You Forgotten?"

Key lyrics: "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 going thru a living hell/ And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout bin Laden/ Have you forgotten?"

Bruce Springsteen, "The Rising" (performance begins at 1:13)

Key lyrics: "Left the house this morning/ Bells ringing filled the air/ I was wearin' the cross of my calling/ On wheels of fire I come rollin' down here/ Come on up for the rising/ Come on up, lay your hands in mine/ Come on up for the rising/ Come on up for the rising tonight"

Beastie Boys, "An Open Letter to NYC"

Key lyrics: "Dear New York I hope you're doing well/ I know a lot's happen and you've been through hell/ So, we give thanks for providing a home/ Through your gates at Ellis Island we passed in droves/ Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten/ From the Battery to the top of Manhattan/ Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin/ Black, White, New York you make it happen" 

Leonard Cohen, "On That Day"

Key lyrics: "Some people say/ It's what we deserve/ For sins against god/ For crimes in the world/ I wouldn't know/ I'm just holding the fort/ Since that day/ They wounded New York"

The Eagles, "Hole in the World"

Key lyrics: "There's a hole in the world tonight/ There's a Cloud of fear and sorrow/ There's a hole in the world tonight/ Don't let there be a hole in the world tomorrow"

Alan Jackson, "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning"

Key lyrics: "Where were you when the world stopped turnin'/ That September day?/ Out in the yard with your wife and children/ Or workin' on some stage in L.A.?/ Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke/ Risin' against that blue sky?/ Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor/ Or did you just sit down and cry?'

Sarah McLachlan, "World on Fire"

Key lyrics: "Hearts break, hearts mend/ Love still hurts/ Visions clash, planes crash/ Still there's talk of/ Saving souls, still the cold/ Is closing in on us"

My Chemical Romance, "Skylines & Turnstiles"

Key lyrics: "This broken city sky like butane on my skin/ Stolen from my eyes/ Hello Angel, tell me where are you/ Tell me where we go from here"

Will Smith & Mary J. Blige, "Tell Me Why"

Key lyrics: "September 11th, I woke up about 7 a.m., West Coast time, French toast and my/ Turkey bacon, taking my time, awakin', turning my TV on/ To my surprise, saw what everybody in the world saw/ Me & my children, images were chillin'/ My son said, 'Daddy were there people in that building?'/ A cold sweat, frozen with a lump in my chest/ I heard his question, couldn't bring my lips to say 'Yes' to him?"


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