A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 29, 2006
ORIGINAL 9-11 SONG: “We Will Stand Together (United We Stand)”
Where is our 9-11 song? Where is the music video?

I will always remember the first "Saturday Night Live" after 9-11. Could New York laugh again? Mayor Rudy Giuliani was there to open the show. Members of the fire and police departments were there. All stood up for the entire song while singer-songwriter Paul Simon sang "The Boxer."

"The Boxer"? Couldn't he do something original? ANYTHING original! Now was the time to write an instant classic, and Paul Simon went with an old, anachronistic song that mentioned "the whores on Seventh Avenue"?

Why didn't the music industry have a songwriting contest for a 9-11 song? ASCAP? BMI? Hello?

I just came back from my honeymoon, examining the ancient ruins in Greece and Turkey. It's now Memorial Day 2006. I was on board the airplane, thought of 9-11, and wrote this song.

I can't play it here, but if anyone in the music industry is interested I will gladly sing it for you. Anyone can use the lyrics for free, but profits from the song should go to a 9-11 memorial. This can make a great music video for the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001. The victims' families can stand together at the World Trade Center site with photos of loved ones. It can be very touching. Why not do it?

Barry Popik
May 29, 2006 (Memorial Day)
New York City

(For the origin of "United We Stand" -- it dates to Colonial America and the American Revolution! -- see the "Names and Phrases" section above -- ed.)

WE WILL STAND TOGETHER (UNITED WE STAND)

Darkness comes
And I see the people dying
And I never can stop crying
Till I'm all completely numb
But I'll be strong
And I never will forget it
And I'll never ever let it
Keep me down for very long
For--

[CHORUS]
We will all
Stand so tall
And we'll never ever fall
We will stand together--you and me.

We will all
Stand so tall
And we'll never ever fall
We will stand together and be free.

Through my tears
I still wonder why this happened
And I always feel so trapped and
So confused and so naive
But I believe
There's a power that is higher
And it strengthens my desire
And it lessens all my fears
For--

[CHORUS]
We will all
Stand so tall
And we'll never ever fall
We will stand together--you and me.

We will all
Stand so tall
And we'll never ever fall
We will stand together and be free.

All across this great land--
United we stand.

[BREAK]
Stand together and be free!
Stand together--you and me!
Stand tall. Stand up tall!
One and all! Stand tall!

Never forget
Never regret
Just stand!
Remember this date
Dare to be great
And sing and stand across the land.

[CHORUS]
We will all
Stand so tall
And we'll never ever fall
We will stand together--you and me.

We will all
Stand so tall
And we'll never ever fall
We will stand together and be free.
We will stand together and be free.
We will stand together and stay free.

All across this great land--
United we stand.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • (0) Comments • Monday, May 29, 2006 • Permalink