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  • Where were you in ‘63?
    Upon that fateful day
    When the assassins’ magic bullets
    Played their trick on JFK?

    Do you recall in ’68 the death of Dr King?
    America the beautiful, ‘tis of thee I sing…

    The years flash by then quickly
    Fast forward past ennui
    Not much happened for a longtime
    To the generation Tom named Me.

    At least it seemed that nothing happened.
    It did though just the same
    But we didn’t know the players.
    Hell we thought we were the game.

    So that was how it came to pass
    In the year 2001
    When terror brought the Towers down
    And ended all our fun

    Where were you on Election Day
    In 2008?
    Did you stand behind the curtain
    And cast your vote for hate?
    Did you cast a vote for freedom?
    For tolerance and peace?

    Do you really think that any man
    Can make the terror cease?

    Where were you on Inauguration Day
    In 2009?
    Were you standing on the Mall
    In the bright yet cold sunshine?
    Were you sitting at your ‘puter?
    Watching TV in a bar?

    I reckon it don’t really matter
    Who or where you are
    The times they are a-changing
    But will there be an end to war?

    Will we sing a praise song
    For a lasting peace on Earth?

    Or does all the stirring rhetoric signal
    The rebirth of the old order
    Dressed up in brand new clothes?

    I don’t think that there are answers
    It’s a safe bet no one knows.
    Front Page of The Boston Herald, 11/22/63.
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