Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue and Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning

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September 11, 2001 shocked the City of New York when the twin towers were hit by two hijacked planes flown by al-qaeda members. Due to this horrible day many changes have been made to our government, ourselves as human beings, our trust in people, and how we view people of a foreign country. Toby Keith wrote and sang his song “Courtesy of the Red, White, And Blue” as a call to action for the troops of The United States of America to retaliate. Alan Jackson wrote and sang his song “ Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning” as a way for not only him, but America to cope and grieve for the fallen firemen and lost victims of many families out there. The songs are completely different in tone and meaning.. Toby Keith’s song, “Courtesy of the Red, White, And Blue” has an angry and vengeful tone through the whole song. Toby Keith kind of consoles the people of America and lets the American people and the people responsible we’re not going to sit hereafter you devastated the lives of many families when he says, “Justice will be served and the battle will rage” (Keith 33-34). This symbolizes the anger and retaliation the American people are feeling and want against the people responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Though this is just a small phrase, it has a giant impact on the way people feel and how they cope with their feelings.
Alan Jackson’s song, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning” has a more peaceful and empathetic tone. He shows he is religious and an

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